Presented by Students from the Oregon School-Based Health Youth Advisory Council
and teens don’t always speak the same language, particularly when it comes to
discussing sensitive topics. This creates a disconnect for youth, who are very
concerned with confidentiality, approachability, and the quality of
communication they receive. Based on the highly effective Adolescent Health
Care Communication Project, this training presents youth as experts and is done
in two parts. Part A youth discuss the importance of confidentiality, a
non-judgmental attitude, and body language and speech that resonate with teens.
Part B is a hands-on session that gives participants an opportunity to practice
their interpersonal skills as youth trainers role-play a teen
"character" presenting issues common to their peers. After performing
their characters the youth trainers offer feedback to the providers on the
questions asked, body language, listening skills, information provided, and
confidentiality, along with other important forms of communication.