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PATHH: Preventing Abuse Through Holistic Health

What is PATHH?

  • PATHH is a 15-week comprehensive sexuality education class for middle school students.
  • PATHH includes a parent group where parents can ask questions about the curriculum, questions your child has, or general parenting discussion topics with a licensed therapist.

Why sign up for PATHH?

  • We know that comprehensive sexuality education is one of the greatest tools we have for preventing sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and grooming.
  • Most students receive some form of sex education in schools. PATHH expands on the topics of healthy relationships, consent, abuse prevention, identity, sexuality, and anatomy. With 15 one-hour classes, students are able to ask questions anonymously, learn from qualified professionals, and learn more in-depth content in each area. 
  • Students meet peers from other schools and districts who sign up for PATHH, forming bonds that help build resilience during the middle school years.

Who teaches PATHH?

  • Our sex educators all have a background in human sexuality coursework and expertise. 
  • Staff educators contribute other expertise in the areas of psychology, social work, gender studies, and education.
  • As part of the ZCenter staff, each educator has completed the Illinois state required 40-hour training on Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention.
  • All of our PATHH teachers are mandated reporters.
  • As part of our client-centered and trauma-informed services, we have two adults in the room with students at all times.

What is the parent group component of PATHH?

  • While students are in class, parents are invited and encouraged to attend the parent group that meets at the same time. 
  • A licensed therapist from ZCenter staff and one of the PATHH class teachers will join the parent group each week.
  • Parents can ask questions about the curriculum, address personal concerns, and discuss parenting topics.

How do we sign up?

  • Check to see which location works the best for your family. We will host a summer class at our Gurnee location and a fall class at our Skokie location. Specific dates and times will be posted here and on social media.
  • To register, please click here to pay the $50 fee. We also offer a sliding fee scale; please contact kjones@zcenter.org to discuss sliding scale options.
Questions about PATHH? Please reach out to:
Kristin Jones, PhD, EdM
Outreach Supervisor
847-244-1187 ext.159
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