Protecting God's Children® for Adults

Protecting God's Children® for Adults is training conducted by VIRTUS® certified facilitators on the prevention of child sexual abuse. The training makes participants aware of the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and five easy steps one can use to prevent child sexual abuse. Two videos are the centerpiece of the training: A Time to Protect God's Children™ and A Plan to Protect God's Children™. The facilitators incorporate policies and procedures into the training defining child sexual abuse, addressing the reporting of child sexual abuse, the screening and selection of employees and volunteers, and victim advocacy.

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Protecting All Children™ for Adults

Protecting All Children™ identifies best practices programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote "rightdoing" within organizations. The programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the organization. All Protecting All Children™ training programs are comprehensive and multi-dimensional--incorporating proven best practice standards for the prevention of child sexual abuse and other wrongdoing by employees, volunteers, and others who interact with children within the environment. Our training programs incorporate various options, including instructor-led training, train-the-facilitator education, awareness videos, and regularly scheduled continuing education and training via state-of-the-art web-based training/tracking and education courses. The training is conducted by certified facilitators on the prevention of child sexual abuse, and makes participants aware of the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and five easy steps one can use to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse. Two videos are the centerpiece of the training: A Time to Protect All Children™ and A Plan to Protect All Children™.

Touching Safety Program for Children™

Protecting God's Children, Touching Safety Program for Children™, is a school-based curriculum. The job of ensuring children's safety is a challenging undertaking. The prevention of child sexual abuse requires more than adult awareness, education, and training about the nature and scope of the problem. We must also give our children the tools they need to overcome the advances of someone who intends to do them harm. The Touching Safety program is a vehicle through which parents, teachers, catechists, and youth ministers (educators) give children and young people the tools they need to protect themselves from those who might harm them.

The award-winning Power to Protect™ video lays the groundwork for the educator, who uses the activities to help students apply the message from the lessons to their daily lives. The lessons are organized in a three-year cycle so each child experiences a totally different lesson plan each time the materials are presented. Each child receives the full range of information from the Teaching Touching Safety Guide in small, "digestible" bites, over a three-year period. Then, as a child advances to the next age group, there are a whole new set of age appropriate lessons that explore the major topics in increasingly greater detail.

The Teaching Boundary and Safety Guide™ is a booklet guide that provides best practices for caring adults, lesson leaders and parents for teaching children how to protect themselves. It can be used as a stand-alone guide, or can be distributed to caring adults and parents to assist with the Touching Safety Program for Children. In an effort to assist in this monumental mission of protecting youth, all of our programs, including our school-based curriculum and this booklet guide, provide for collaboration between parents and lesson leaders in establishing safety guidelines and principles. Through these programs, caring adults become partners with parents to ensure that all children are protected and that youth also have the tools they need to protect themselves.

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VIRTUS® Online Training / Tracking Platform

VIRTUS® Online is the brand name that identifies a state-of-the-art, web-based platform that provides best practice resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our system provides a comprehensive menu of functions for churches, religious organizations, and facilities from one convenient web-based resource. Through these functions we can help church organizations prevent wrongdoing, manage risk and improve service to their communities through education, training, and best practices.

Most training programs (seminars, instructor-led sessions, videos) establish awareness, but few change behavior. With the VIRTUS® programs, the potential for successful behavioral change can be increased via our VIRTUS® Online system. Every training program, in addition to instructor-led and video awareness sessions, provides ongoing web-based training through online training bulletins and modules.

Online training bulletins and modules cover many topics within the following broad categories:

  • Protecting God's Children Online Awareness
  • Safety and Risk Management
  • Crisis Management
  • Employment Practices
  • Human Resources
  • Student Exposures

Bullying Prevention Program™

The Bullying Prevention Program™ provides schools, religious education programs, daycare providers, other youth-based organizations, as well as parents, with information, resources, and training to help prevent bullying and other violent behaviors.

The Bullying Prevention Program addresses these key issues:

  • Warning Signs that Someone is a Bully
  • Warning Signs that Someone is a Target
  • Appropriate Responses by Caring Adults

Technology Safety and Security™ Program

The Technology Safety and Security™ program provides schools, religious education programs, other youth-based organizations, as well as parents, with information, resources, and training to help create adult awareness of technology safety and security issues while teaching caring adults how to protect young people in the world of electronic communication.

The Technology Safety and Security Program addresses these important topics:

  • Awareness of today's technology exposures
  • The warning signs of potential technology-related abuse or misuse
  • Proactive strategies for parents and other caring adults to ensure the protection of young people, as well as the organizations that serve them
  • How to appropriately respond to suspected technology-related abuse or misuse

Critical Conversations™

The CriticalConversations™ program is an educational training and prevention program that presents case studies for priests, deacons and lay ministers. This training differs from the Protecting God's Children® program in that there are separate and distinct case studies specifically designed for priests, deacons and lay ministers. It is a collaborative and groundbreaking effort of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Saint John Vianney Center in Pennsylvania, and the VIRTUS® Programs. It is based on the highly regarded Instruments of Hope and Healing Program that most religious have used in the United States.

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Pathways™ for Religious Orders

PATHWAYS is an online continuing education program for Religious Orders with training and tracking capabilities. The VIRTUS® Online continuing education programs have afforded many Arch/Dioceses and Religious Communities efficient, enriching and easy-to-manage programs that have benefited an untold number of priests, religious and the faithful.

We are well-acquainted with the demands of ministry that ReligiousCommunities face on a daily basis. Their members are challenged with bringing forth the Gospel in an ever-changing world filled with technology that can be daunting. We also know how the requirements for maintaining accreditation may be taxing upon those within the administration of religious Provinces. To this end, VIRTUS® has developed an exciting, new program exclusively for religious communities. Following in our time-proven tradition, the VIRTUS® Programs can offer your community a variety of items through PATHWAYS

  • Four (4) Online Comprehensive Training Bulletins per year with an included retention question, along with points for reflection and discussion (this covers and exceeds what is required for each member for each year of accreditation)
  • Material on current topics (written by leaders in the field) that is relevant to living religious life in today's world with a primary focus on integrating mental, spiritual, physical and emotional health. A theological focus is paramount in each Training Bulletin.
  • Easy, online access to continuing education for each community member
  • Option for printing hard copies of bulletins for the technologically stressed
  • Current, accurate and safe tracking system to monitor the progress of your members
  • A yearly report with print-ready data to submit in the administrative accreditation reports
  • Option for printing certificates of completion for each member
  • Affordable, confidential and direct services with accessibility to a trained staff always ready to assist you
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