For Goodness Sex: A Sex-Positive Guide to Raising Healthy, Empowered Teens

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5.4 X 7.6 X 1.3 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

AL VERNACCHIO is a high school sexuality educator and English teacher at Friends' Central School in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, Al organizes sexuality-themed programs and assemblies, provides parent education on human sexuality topics, and is one of the faculty advisors for the Gay-Straight Alliance. A human sexuality educator and consultant for more than twenty-five years, Al Vernacchio has lectured, published articles, and offered workshops throughout the country. His work has been featured in "Teaching Good Sex," a November 20, 2011, cover story in the New York Times Magazine. Al has given four TED Talks and has appeared on national programs such as NPR's Morning Edition and 1A. Al earned his BA in theology from St. Joseph's University and his MSEd in human sexuality education from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS); the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT); and Advanced Sexuality Educators and Trainers (ASET). A lifelong Philadelphian, Al and his husband, Michael, live in the Germantown section of the city.


"Al Vernacchio has masterfully accomplished what good sexuality educators have attempted for so many years: he has created a work that is both a fun, easy read as well as a thorough and thoughtful guide." -- Don Dyson, PhD, Associate Dean, School of Human Service Professions and Director, Center for Human Sexuality Studies, Widener University

"Al Vernacchio has written a wonderful book that includes numerous model answers and a new way to think about adolescent sexuality--as a force for good in life rather than simply a problem to be dealt with." -- Leslie M. Kantor, MPH, Vice President of Education, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

"Vernacchio's no-blame, no-shame approach will inspire parents to drop their fears, judgments, and inhibitions in order to help their kids navigate the teen years." -- Publishers Weekly

"At last a book that teaches parents how to talk to kids about sex in a way that is based healthily in reality and not fearfully in doom and gloom. I wish my parents had read this book!" -- Lori Duron, author of Raising My Rainbow

"An engaging, much-needed new approach to teaching children about the human sexual experience." -- Kirkus Reviews