Taverner, Bill

The Center for Family Life Education
Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey, Inc.
Phone: 973-539-9580, x120
196 Speedwell Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960
Fax: 973-539-3828
E-Mail: The.CFLE@ppgnnj.org
Nov. 30, 2011
Contact: Enid Logan, Communications Manager, PPGNNJ
(973) 539-9580 ext. 126
New executive director named for Center for Family Life Education
Morristown, NJ – Bill Taverner has been named Executive Director of The Center for Family Life Education (CFLE), the national education arm of Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey (PPGNNJ). He had been director of CFLE, responsible for its local and national programming since joining the affiliate in 1998.

Taverner’s new role will be focused exclusively on developing CFLE’s national initiatives, including publications and training centered around Sex Ed. Two
new Sex Ed manuals are expected to be released in January 2012 – the third edition, two-volume Teaching Safer Sex and an interactive teaching manual, Game On! which uses game strategies to teach sex ed. The CFLE is also known for hosting one of the nation’s largest sex ed conferences. This year, the 26th Annual Sex Ed conference will be held Wednesday to Friday, Dec. 7 to 9 at The Imperia, Somerset. In coordination with health education organizations and other Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide, Taverner will continue to provide and lead workshops on matters of sexual health. He has led multiple national training initiatives including, “Positive Images’’ focusing on teaching about abstinence, contraception and other aspects of sexual health. And in more than 100 cities, he trained professionals on “Unequal Partners,’’ focusing on making healthy decisions on relationships, especially those involving the power imbalan
ces that can occur when there are significant age
differences. Participants in these workshops included teachers, nurses, social workers, law enforcement and
Taverner earned a master’s degree in human sexuality from New York University and is
credentialed as a certified
sexuality educator from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
(AASECT). He was
honored with t
he first
AASECT Founder’s Award for best use of interactive learning strategies in a workshop, Planned
Parenthood’s Golden APPLE Award for leadership in sexuality education, and a Sexual Intelligence Award naming him
“one of the country’s pre-eminent sex educators and theorists.’’
In addition, Taverner is the editor of the
American Journal of Sexuality Ed
ucation,twice advocated for sexuality
education before U.S. Congressional hearings, is on the sexual health review board for the Sex, Etc. web site, and was
quoted in The New York Times,
including its Nov. 20, 2011 magazine cover story on positively
-framed sex education.
For more information on the work of The CFLE or the upcoming Sex Ed Conference, visit http://www.SexEdConference.com.

William J. Taverner, MA, commonly known as Bill Taverner, is the editor of the American Journal of Sexuality Education[1] and the executive director of the Center for Sex Education (CSE).[2] He has co-authored numerous sexuality education manuals, including All Together Now: Teaching about Contraception and Safer Sex, Making Sense of Abstinence: Lessons for Comprehensive Sex Education, Positive Images: Teaching Abstinence, Contraception, and Sexual Health, Streetwise to Sex-Wise: Sexuality Education for High-Risk Youth, and Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter.[3]

As a trainer, Taverner presents such topics as “Unequal Partners,” and “Making sense of abstinence,”[4] training thousands of educators, counselors, social workers, nurses, therapists, and other professionals.[4] He frequently trains early-childhood professionals, helping them respond to young children’s sexual questions and behaviors,[5] And in 2008, he gave an address at a congressional briefing advocating for sex education.[6]

Before joining the CFLE in 1998, Taverner served as the sexuality educator and trainer for Phoenix House, where he developed Sexuality and Substance Abuse,[7] a comprehensive sexuality education program (for people in recovery from substance abuse) and training program (for their counseling staff). Prior to Phoenix House, he worked with people with developmental disabilities, and co-authored the Verbal Informed Sexual Consent Assessment Tool, to help measure an individual’s capacity to give informed sexual consent.[8]

Taverner is the editor of the eighth, ninth, and tenth editions of Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Human Sexuality, and co-authored the fifth through seventh, and eleventh through thirteenth editions of this college reader.[9] He served as a contributing author to the International Encyclopedia of Sexuality, co-author of Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter[3] and his newest publications include the fourth edition of Positive Images: Teaching about Contraception and Sexual Health[10] and the two-volume third edition of Teaching Safer Sex,[11] which won the 2013 AASECT Book Award.[12]

Taverner was the first recipient of the “AASECT Founder’s Award” in 2005.[13] Other awards he has received include the 2006 “Golden Apple Award,” given by the Association for Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education (APPLE), and a 2006 national award given by the online journal “Sexual Intelligence”.[14][15]

Formerly an adjunct professor of human sexuality at Fairleigh Dickinson University,[16] Taverner received his Master of Arts degree in human sexuality from New York University.