NFCYM Webinars

One-hour formational events hosted by NFCYM and presented free to ministry leaders and volunteers as part of our mission to support and strengthen those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ.

All webinars are recorded. A link to the webinar recording is sent to all registered after each session so be sure to register even if you cannot attend the live session.

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Trauma-Informed Pastoral Care

Monday, November 19 at 3:00 pm ET
Presented by Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ. Moderated by Sean Robinson

Adverse experiences from childhood or adolescence can have a lasting impact on a person’s behavior, as well as their emotional, physical, and even spiritual well being. When seeking to provide pastoral care to young people, it can be critically important to understand these impacts and how to reverse the effects of trauma. Being trauma-informed and seeking to understand one’s past is the first step in accompanying young people on a path toward healing and hope.

Fr. Putthoff served as associate pastor for two years in Camden, New Jersey, before co-founding Hopeworks N’ Camden in 1999. The nonprofit organization is an outreach and resource center for the youth living in Camden, one of the most impoverished communities in the country. He served as executive director there until 2016, when he became president of St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy in Toledo, Ohio. He currently serves as the president of Trinity Catholic High School in St. Louis.

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Spirituality Once-Removed

December 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST
Presenter:  Mike Patin        Moderator:  Alison Pope

Much of our time and effort is spent on soul care and spiritual formation of others. But how do we, as ministers, open OUR minds hearts and bodies to create space for God? Near-spiritual experiences are not enough.

Mike has worked in ministry settings since 1984, first as a high school teacher and coach, and then in diocesan ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Since 2003, he has worked full time as a speaker and “faith horticulturist.” Throughout his ministry, Mike Patin has been privileged to speak to groups ranging from 10 to 23,000 in over 130 dioceses in the U.S. and Canada. He has spoken at parish missions, conferences, rallies, retreats, leadership institutes, and in-services, addressing youth, adults, families, clergy, seminarians, school faculties, businesses, athletic teams and hospital staffs. Mike lives in Lafayette, LA, with his wife, Marlene, and his daughter, Megan.


From NCEA Webinars:
The Elite Tormentor--How to Handle Exclusionary Bullying
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 4:00 PM OR 7:00 PM ET

Presented by Jodee Bianco

There are two types of popular students—Elite Leaders and Elite Tormentors.  Elite Leaders are the kind, caring members of the cool crowd who don’t judge or exclude others.  Elite Tormentors aren’t so inclusive, especially when they harm their classmates through manipulation and control. These bullies, however, are often those of whom the adults in the school are the proudest.  They get good grades, respect their elderspublicly, raise their hands in class, and seem to excel in everything they do.  No one suspects these kids to be the ones making their classmates come home in tears, not because of overt acts of cruelty, but because of the friendship that is coldly denied them. How do you handle the Tormentors?  Does punishment work or is there another solution more effective? How can you transform insidious bullies into Elite Leaders and inspire them to use their influence to heal rather than harm?  Bullying survivor, expert and New York Times bestselling author Jodee Blanco will walk you through step by step how to identify and work with Elite Tormentors and break through their indifference, using core Catholic values as your benevolent weapon.  This is a webinar not to be missed.  

Survivor, expert and activist Jodee Blanco is one of the country’s pre-eminent voices on the subject of bullying. She is the author of The New York Times bestselling memoir, Please Stop Laughing At Me… One Woman’s Inspirational Story. A chronicle of her years as the student outcast, the book inspired a movement among bullying victims everywhere of all ages–in middle and high schools, on college campuses, at the workplace, and at home, who fill auditoriums and gymnasiums coast to coast to hear Blanco speak on how they too can reclaim their dignity and their lives. Referred to by many as “the anti-bullying bible,” it is required reading in hundreds of middle and high schools and numerous universities and professional organizations throughout the country.


What Didn’t Happen at the Synod? Practical Strategies for Next Steps

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 2pm EST // 1pm CST // 12pm MST // 11am PST

Featuring the Synod 2018 Auditors and Young Adults from the United States Facilitated by Paul Jarzembowski and Tracey Lamont

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We know that a number of pastoral leaders in the Church followed the news coming out of Rome during October, as the XV Ordinary Synod of Bishops met to discuss “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” We heard about accompaniment, listening, meeting the diverse needs of young people, and the art of discernment. Several bishops talked about how this was one of their favorite Synod experiences and how it was terrific to have young adults in the Vatican Synod Hall and in their small groups. But what really happened there? What didn’t happen? And what needs to happen next? In this webinar we will hear from several of the people who were in the room and ask them – where do we go from here? If you work with young adults, work near young adults, are a young adult yourself, or just care about the future of the Church... please join us. From USCCB:

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