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24-06 The Body and Beyond: Human Sexuality for Young People from a Catholic Perspective is a Course

24-06 The Body and Beyond: Human Sexuality for Young People from a Catholic Perspective

Jun 10, 2024 - Aug 2, 2024

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Full course description

Partner dioceses receive discounted courses. This link provides a list of partner dioceses and discount codes to use when registering.


From a Catholic perspective, human sexuality is understood as being more than biology and reproduction. When considered in its fullness, human sexuality communicates both God’s love and plan for the human person.  All young people then, benefit from “Sex Ed.” This course presents teachers and other ministers with useful information that equips them to provide education in human sexuality for their students and support students’ parents in doing the same.  It offers an overview of the scope and sequence of a comprehensive human sexuality program (including, vocation, anatomy, reproduction, relationships, hygiene, and personal safety), suggests practical pedagogical approaches, and points out natural connections to the Catholic faith.


NOTE: There is a special section of this course that focuses on this topic for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Course Plan


Week 1: June 10-16  

Course begins and Unit 1: Why Human Sexuality Education Matters & A Catholic Understanding of Human Sexuality

Week 2: June 17-23  

Unit 2: Caring About Young People = Caring About Quality Sex Ed

Week 3: June 24- 30  

Unit 3: Taking Care of the Gift of Our Bodies: Hygiene 

Week 4: July 1-7  

Break Week (catch up if needed)

Week 5: July 8- 14 

Unit 4: How God Created Us; Physiology and Reproduction 

Week 6: July 15- 21

Unit 5: God’s Plan for Us: Relationships

Week 7: July 22- 26

Unit 6: God’s Care for Us: Ensuring Safety and Protection

Week 8: July 29- Aug 2

Additional week to complete any outstanding work



Course Format

  • Eight weeks in duration, with six units of material to complete.
  • Flexible assignment deadlines to accommodate summer schedules.
  • Completed with a cohort of other learners to develop community and enhance learning.
  • Cohort limited to 25 students.
  • Video lectures with text transcripts available.
  • Certificate of completion available for 21 contact hours if desired.

Participation Requirements

  • Watch or read the lecture for each unit.


For a Certificate of Completion*

  • Participation in 4 of 6 “real-time” Zoom sessions with other participants. Note: If you are unable to attend in “real time,” participation requirements can be met by watching the Zoom recording and summarizing insights gained.
  • Read or watch assigned materials; keep notes, questions, and comments for class discussions.
  • Answer weekly discussion questions. 
  • Respond to a weekly unit assignment (250 words).
  • Complete the course evaluation.

*Your diocese may allow this to count for professional development credits. Check with your diocesan school’s office.

Time Expectations

2 to 3 hours per unit plus orientation, depending on your learning style, schedule and whether you are aiming for a Certificate of Completion.

Course Certificate

An electronic certificate of completion awarding 21 contact hours will be available for participants who complete all course requirements.


Course Begins: 

June 10, 2024 (ends August 2, 2024 followed by an additional week for outstanding work)

Course Developer Biographies

Mary O’Callaghan, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and teaches as a Faculty Fellow in the Master of Autism Studies at St. Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN) and an adjunct instructor for the Mendoza Business College (Notre Dame, IN). She is a Public Policy Fellow for the Notre Dame de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture as well as a member of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability's Governance Board. Mary and her husband John have 5 children, including her son Tommy, 15, who has Down syndrome and Autism.

Clare Kilbane, Ph.D. is a Professor of the Practice at the University of Notre Dame affiliated with the McGrath Institute for Church Life.  She has a wide-range of expertise across a variety of educational areas. Clare has worked as a classroom teacher, teacher educator, curriculum developer, and media producer. Additionally, she has produced many books, articles, and other creative works.  At the McGrath Institute, Clare educates theology teachers, heads-up research and development for its online theology program, and serves as the Learning Designer for much of its educational programming. Clare and her husband Dennis are the parents of a college-aged daughter and live in South Bend, Indiana. 

Michele Faehnle, RN. LSN. is a school nurse at St. Andrew School in Upper Arlington, Ohio.  She is also an experienced speaker, radio host, and author. Her books include Divine Mercy for Moms, The Friendship Project, Our Friend Faustina, and Pray Fully (all with Ave Maria Press). Michele and her husband, Matthew, have four children and live in Columbus, Ohio.

Julia Sadusky, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist practicing in Littleton, CO., where she offers individual, family, and couples therapy in addition to consultations for individuals and families around sexuality and gender. She also serves as a youth and ministry educator. She is a popular speaker and author. Her most recent books, “Start Talking to Your Kids about Sex” and "Start Talkting to Your Teens about Sex" were, released November 2023.