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Three Focused and Effective Pastoral Care Strategies for Youth Struggling with Bullying, Depression, and LGBTQ Issues
August 21 at 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Dr. Tim Hogan
Moderator: Cindee Case
Sponsor: NFCYM


Today’s youth carry emotional pain unknown to previous generations. Youth ministers on the front lines are often confronted with novel forms of emotional distress that challenge previously effective psychological and religious approaches. Dr. Hogan will present a pastoral counseling approach that will help to bring order to emotional chaos and offer struggling youth support and a plan to move towards healing. Special attention will be paid to challenges working with youth experiencing bullying, depression, suicide and LGBTQ issues.

Dr. Tim Hogan is a psychologist and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist who co-authored How to Find the Help You Need, a guide to psychotherapy and spiritual direction, and recently released an album of guided meditations, Awakening Your Heart (iTunes). He directs The Grace Counseling Center in Detroit. He lives in Plymouth, Michigan, with his wife of 27 years and three children. Tim's weekly blogs inspire us to transform our desires and deepen human connections. He blogs at DrTimHogan.com/my-blog/. He contributed to RCL Benziger’s Family Life series.

Reimagining Confirmation Ministry with Youth
Aug 28, 2018 2:00 PM EDT
Presented by: Tom East
Moderated by: Lisa Gomes
Sponsor: NFCYM


What would it be like if your parish ministry of Confirmation was built around providing youth with experiences of faith, relationships with faith witnesses, and engaging commitments for ministry, leadership and service? Youth would learn and grow in their faith through this journey of hands-on faithful living. This webinar will explore ways to engage families, equip sponsors, and recreate your preparation and follow-through for Confirmation to share faith with youth in vibrant ways. This session is a practical follow-up to Tom's earlier session on Confirmation presented in April, 2018.

Tom East is the Director of the Center for Ministry Development, Project Coordinator for Youth Ministry Services, and Coordinator of the Certificate Program in Youth Ministry Studies. Tom is a popular speaker and author. Tom holds a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. Previously, Tom was the Director of Youth Ministry and the Associate Director of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Tom is author for numerous books and resources including Leadership for Catholic Youth Ministry (TwentyThird Publications, 2013).

Is Your Parish Ready to Grow Young?
September 18 at 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Leisa Anslinger
Moderator: Evan Psencik
Sponsor: NFCYM


What do parishes that intentionally engage their young people have in common? What can we learn from their experience? How do we engage parents, leading them to live and grow in faith as families (or domestic churches)? Explore this vital topic and learn what you can do to help your parish “grow young.”

Leisa Anslinger is a frequent presenter at national and diocesan conferences as well as parish leadership days. She is the Director of Catholic Life and Faith, a center for pastoral leadership development. She is a certified Growing Young speaker and trainer. Her most recent projects include: Grateful Disciples and The Bridges Leadership Series. Leisa is a contributing author for Twenty-Third Publications and Liturgy Training Publications. She is a founding team member of the Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community. Leisa and her husband, Steve are the parents of two young adult children, Mike and Carrie and grandparents of Patrick and Cecilia.