First love is often thought of as special, sweet and innocent.  But sometimes that relationship can turn toxic.  As health professionals, we can make a difference in a young person’s life. In this episode we will discuss how pregnant and parenting teens are affected by abuse from a dating partner.  We will also learn how to build a trusting relationship with teens, even if you only have a short amount of time.  Our guest is Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski who is a sexuality educator and counselor along with being the past president of Lamaze International and a certified childbirth educator.  Her master’s and doctorate are in education.  She has worked with 250,000 teens, including serving over 15,000 teen parents.

Listen and Learn:

  • Rate of teens involved in intimate partner violence
  • Signs of intimate partner abuse
  • How to connect so that young people feel open to share this information Why someone would stay in a bad relationship
  • How to help young people respect and love themselves enough to create good boundaries

Resources & Mentions:

Related Products from InJoy: