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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is Sexual Integrity Essentials?

Answer: Heartbeat International’s Sexual Integrity™ Essentials is a new manual designed to equip your center with the tools you need to develop your own Sexual Integrity program.

The manual includes:

  • A comprehensive review of the Sexual Integrity concept and program.
  • A companion CD with key tools for use in Pregnancy Help Organizations.
  • An in-depth explanation of the Four Biblical Pillars of Sexual Integrity.

Question: What is the difference between Sexual Integrity Essentials and the Sexual Integrity Implementation Manual?

Answer: Sexual Integrity Essentials is a streamlined version of the Sexual Integrity Program Implementation Manual. Sexual Integrity Essentials is more concise, easier to read, and gives you the key information you need to develop a Sexual Integrity program in your center.

Sexual Integrity Essentials:

  • Provides an overview of the concept of Sexual Integrity,
  • Guidelines for creating a Sexual Integrity program in a center,
  • Covers the importance of the Four Pillars,

And includes the following materials:

  • Relationship surveys.
  • “What about Your Future?” questionnaire.
  • “Your Choices Affect your Future” chart.
  • “STDs Hurt Real People” chart.
  • Guidelines for a successful book club.

SIP Implementation Manual

  • Emphasizes the need for a Sexual Integrity program,
  • Provides resources to get a program started,
  • Introduction to the Four Pillars,

And includes the following materials:

  • Relationship surveys.
  • “What about Your Future?” questionnaire.
  • “Your Choices Affect your Future” chart.
  • “Benefits of Marriage for Women and Children” chart.
  • “STDs Hurt Real People” chart.
  • Invitation to Sexual Integrity DVD.
  • When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy
  • Single Men Are Like Waffles; Single Women Are Like Spaghetti by Bill and Pam Farrel
  • The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • “Why Marriage Matters” pamphlet created by the Institute for American Values.

Question: I have the SIP Implementation Manual. Do I need the Sexual Integrity Essentials manual?

Answer: If you already have the SIP Implementation Manual, you do not necessarily need Essentials. Essentials streamlines the program to provide a more concise, easier to read format that gives you the key information you need to develop a Sexual Integrity program in your center. Just as you are free to pick and choose which materials from Heartbeat you use when creating your Sexual Integrity Program, you are also free to choose which manual you choose to use as your primary manual for staff and volunteers.

Question: How long has Sexual Integrity Essentials been out?

Answer: Essentials was first published in November 2012.

Question: Can I still use the other tools I've purchased for the Sexual Integrity Program at my center (DVD series, Brochures, Charting resources, etc.)?

Answer: Yes, Sexual Integrity Essentials provides guidelines for how you can utilize all the resources Heartbeat International has developed as part of the Sexual Integrity Program. Essentials also includes guidelines for selecting additional resources to best suit the unique needs of your center and your clients.

Question: If we've already been trained using the SIP Training Workbook or SIP Implementation Manual do I need to retrain my staff?

Answer: Since the principles of Sexual Integrity are expressed in all of Heartbeat's Sexual Integrity materials, it is not necessary to retrain your staff on Sexual Integrity Essentials. However, to be sure your staff has the latest information related to Sexual Integrity, we recommend that any new staff be trained using Sexual Integrity Essentials. An online training for Sexual Integrity Essentials is available through the Heartbeat Academy.

Question: Do I need to be formally trained?

Answer: No, you don’t need to be formally trained in The Sexual Integrity Program to utilize these resources. We do, however, recommend formal training, whether on-site at your center or at Heartbeat International’s Annual Conference.

Training will help you understand the bigger picture of Sexual Integrity, show you how the Sexual Integrity Program works, teach you how to use all the tools with clients, and give you a good start in implementing the program in your center. Executive directors and others have said formal training has helped staff and volunteers feel more confident working with clients.

A supplementary online training for Sexual Integrity Essentials is also available through the Heartbeat Academy. If you already have the program, but have never been formally trained,contact usfor more information.

Question: What if I have questions?

Answers: We have answers. Heartbeat International’s experienced consultants are available when you have questions or need guidance. We are here to answer your questions to equip you with the tools you need to utilize the Sexual Integrity Program. Contact us for more information by calling (888) 550-7577 or by clicking here.

Question: Is this training the same as Natural Family Planning training?

Answer: Heartbeat’s definition of fertility education is not natural family planning, nor is it helping women achieve or avoid pregnancy. Fertility education is simply teaching a woman how her body works so that she is empowered to respect her body. When women understand this powerful gift they are:

  • more likely to choose life for their baby.
  • more likely to stop premarital sexual activity.
  • more likely to make wiser choices with men.
  • more likely to respect their own bodies.