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Date: July 30, 2020

Time: 10:00 am - 10:30 am PST

This is an online event, presented through Zoom.

Register HERE for this session

The UP Project is hosting an Ask the Expert session on "Teaching Social-Sexual Education to People with Developmental Disabilities: A Teaching Tool for Providers" with Dr. Katie Pedgrift on Thursday, July 30th, 2020 from 10:00-10:30 am PST.

The Ask the Expert session has two-parts. After registration, participants will receive a link to a 20-minute recorded mini lecture by Dr. Katie Pedgrift. Through funding from the Mental Health Services Act and in partnership with the Department of Developmental Services, North Bay Regional Center has developed an education program that is designed to teach people with developmental disabilities how to build healthy and meaningful relationships while also giving them information about sexual abuse and coercion. The pre-recorded session will describe the program and detail how it uses evidence-based teaching practices with the overall objective to reduce risk factors associated with sexual abuse and increase protective factors associated with prosocial behavior. The program will be free and accessible to interested providers beginning in July of 2020. 

Part two is the live, virtual Ask the Expert session held on July 30, 2020 at 10 am PST.  Questions can be sent prior to the session or asked live during the event. It is strongly encouraged that participants view the 20-minute session to allow for a deeper conversation during the live Ask the Expert event.

Dr. Katie Pedgrift is the creator of Relationships Decoded. She is a licensed clinical psychologist at North Bay Regional Center. She earned a Special Education Teaching Credential from San Diego State University, her Master’s Degree in Special Education from San Francisco State University, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University. She has worked with people who have autism and other developmental disabilities in a variety of contexts including forensic settings, in-patient and out-patient settings, schools, and diagnostic clinics. Dr. Pedgrift has authored numerous curricula designed to increase knowledge and self-protection behaviors in people with disabilities including the Array of Color’s curricula, Abuse Awareness and Prevention, Sexuality, and How to be Fire Safe.

For questions, comments, or concerns please contact Kelly Flugum at

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