Joann Schladale, MS, LMFT
Practice Self-Regulation™ (PS-R) is a trauma-informed model that promotes health and well being in adolescents impacted by adverse childhood experiences. Grounded in cutting-edge neuroscience, PS-R teaches participants to put past trauma in a new light, manage emotions in healthy ways, and take steps toward achieving life goals. Practice Self-Regulation for Sexual Health—our flagship program—supports healthy relationships and safe sex practices. It is currently being evaluated in two federally-funded randomized controlled studies.
Practice Self-Regulation for Sexual Health addresses underlying issues that put young people affected by trauma at increased risk for pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and sexual harm. The 10- week program provides a safe space for participants (whether sexually active or not) to address the impact of trauma and explore how values, beliefs, choices, and personal goals affect their sexual health and well being. PS-R for Sexual Health helps youth to achieve the following outcomes:
• Practice self-regulation
• Make healthy sexual decisions, including asking for and giving sexual consent, and negotiating protected, harm-free sex
• Use condoms along with another effective contraceptive method
• Reduce their number of sex partners