Shifting Focus

I have spent most of the last twenty years working in sexuality education, in one way or another. It’s been good for me. I hope I’ve been able to inspire many teachers and facilitators with the materials I’ve created to work with young people directly. I hope I’ve been able to provide many of the young people I’ve worked with to understand their own bodies and relationship more clearly, to understand their own needs, and to communicate more clearly with their peers, friends, and current and future sexual and romantic partners. Ultimately my work in sexuality education has been focused on providing paths towards kindness and empathy, humanity and knowledge, support and boundaries between the self and others.

And I continue to do this work! I am definitely not stopping.

However, I am ready to also work towards these larger goals in a new way.

I am now coaching parents of children with chronic and short term illness and disability. This is work I have done for almost a decade in small ways, here and there, depending on the needs of those around me and those who found me through my sexuality work and asked me to expand in this direction. It is always an honor to support parents working through this slog, this very different and unique and overwhelming kind of parenting. If you are one of the parents who is working through accessibility, life and death, Ronald McDonald Houses, insurance, wheelchairs, hearing aids, IEPs, etc., I want to be part of your support system. Reach out to me.

About Karen Rayne

Dr. Karen Rayne has been supporting parents and families since 2007 when she received her PhD in Educational Psychology. A specialist in child wellbeing, Dr. Rayne has spent much of her career supporting parents, teachers, and other adults who care for children and teenagers.