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Coping Skills


Fast Forward Series - The Great Mate Race (HS)
This video is a relevant, entertaining program packed with humor and real life stories by young people on the topic of dating. How to get started dating, how to handle rejection, how to know if you're really in love are all aspects discussed on this fast-paced program. "Expert" Bill Meyers, talented author of the book HOT TOPICS FOR TEENAGERS and co-creator of the "McGee & Me" video series, gives advice and answers on the tough issues teenagers face in dating.

Letter On Light Blue Stationary: A Story About Self-Esteem (Emementary Grades 2-5)
In this video, Pamela and The Human Race Club learn that each and every person is special. After the death of Pamela's classmate, Pamela is asked to write a sympathy letter to her friend's family. In meeting this difficult challenge, Pamela makes an important discovery about herself and everyone else. This video encourages kids to value themselves and others by learning to appreciate every human being. The Human Race Club teaches living skills concepts in an entertaining format.

McGee & Me: In The Nick Of Time (Emementary Grades 4-6, JH)
On a thrilling mountain-climbing vacation, a very nervous Nick learns to trust God and have courage when his dad slips on some rocks.

Power Surge: Loneliness (HS)
Most teenagers go through a period of loneliness, even when they have people all around them! Elisa feels alone because she can't find a boyfriend. Steve's parents got divorced and he felt totally alone until he talked to somebody about it. Susan says being lonely can be a great time to ask life's greatest questions! Experts give teens great ways to deal with loneliness and offer hope!

Surviving Difficult People (ADULT)
The "Surviving…" series of eight videos provides a unique approach to emotional self-help. Each program features popular lecturer and author Clayton Barbeau doing what he considers his most rewarding work: individual counseling with you, the viewer, as the one seeking advice and affirmation. In this video, he gives special attention to the problem individuals who can make day-to-day living difficult at work or at home. Mr. Barbeau suggests ways to approach people who tend to bully or to criticize constantly, or those who demand inordinate attention or wish to be always in control. He profiles those who can't make a decision or simply won't communicate. Mr. Barbeau states that it is very important to realize that one's response to a difficult person is more important than that person's behavior.

Surviving Grief (ADULT)
The "Surviving…" series of eight videos provides a unique approach to emotional self-help. Each program features popular lecturer and author Clayton Barbeau doing what he considers his most rewarding work: individual counseling with you, the viewer, as the one seeking advice and affirmation. In this video, he helps the viewer to understand the grieving process and work toward acceptance of the loss of a loved one. He points out that it is important not to deny one's loss and to give oneself permission to "feel"; be it tears, loneliness, or anger. Above all, he suggests not to prolong and nurture grief, but to take one day at a time and make an effort to begin building a future.

Know Yourself: Secret of Self-Esteem (HS)
Based loosely on Myers-Briggs personality typing, this program is designed to help students identify differences in personality and see how behavioral preferences are related to personality type. Four personality types are presented: introvert/extrovert, thinking/feeling, practical/intuitive, and structured/unstructured. The program makes it clear that no one personality type is more desirable than another, that each type has a value in society, and that each person is a unique combination of traits. Knowing more about their own personality type helps teens see themselves as worthwhile and enables them to celebrate their own uniqueness. Knowing more about other people's personality types can help them understand why people are the way they are and will help them to get along better with others. This program is presented in several segments and contains short quizzes to help students figure out where they fit in. An excellent Teacher's Guide accompanies the video.

Surviving Anger (ADULT)
The "Surviving…" series of eight videos provides a unique approach to emotional self-help. Each program features popular lecturer and author Clayton Barbeau doing what he considers his most rewarding work: individual counseling with you, the viewer, as the one seeking advice and affirmation. In this video, he talks about the different causes of anger and the various guises that anger often takes. He also points out that we face anger from both ourselves and others, and that any number of experiences can trigger it. With the help of anecdotes based in personal experience, Mr. Barbeau shows how important it is to understand the source and destructiveness of one's anger and to face up to it. He proposes strategies for analyzing and dealing with one's own anger and with the anger of others.

Surviving Life Transitions (ADULT)
The "Surviving…" series of eight videos provides a unique approach to emotional self-help. Each program features popular lecturer and author Clayton Barbeau doing what he considers his most rewarding work: individual counseling with you, the viewer, as the one seeking advice and affirmation. In this video, he talks about the many experiences of change that make up daily living. Your ways of thinking, feeling, being are constantly changing; and there are many challenges such as building a new relationship, integrating a new baby into the family, or beginning a new job. Such changes can be very threatening because of fear of the unknown and a kind of "limbo" experience to be lived through as a bridge to the new. Mr. Barbeau guides you through the process of change and offers stories and strategies for healthy personal growth.

Child Abuse: Bless Our Children (ADULT)
This is the story of one congregation's efforts to include sexual abuse prevention in the training of parents and religious educators. It is designed to help churches, synagogues, and religious schools implement an abuse prevention curriculum. It offers practical methods to educate parents and teachers, addresses cultural diversity issues, and highlights the importance of abuse prevention within the context of religious education. Actual classroom examples are included. This videotape is an ideal companion to HEAR THEIR CRIES, a videotape which educates people about all forms of child abuse through interviews with adults who experienced it. It is recommended that HEAR THEIR CRIES be shown first.

Child Abuse: Hear Their Cries (ADULT)
This video is a documentary on the role of clergy, lay leaders, and religious educators of all denominations in recognizing and responding to child abuse. The goal is to raise awareness of the vulnerability of children and the need to intervene at times on their behalf. The video includes: definitions of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse; signs of how to recognize possible abuse; stories of adult survivors; discussion of theological issues including forgiveness and confidentiality; an example of how to respond to a victim's disclosure of abuse; and suggestions for joint efforts between religious and secular agencies. (NOTE- This video precedes the BLESS THE CHILDREN video, also produced by the Center.)

InnerAction: Life Crossroads: Making Connections (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of six videos. This series aims to help today's Christian adult connect the Good News of the Gospel with the real life experiences of childhood and adolescence, midlife changes, mature decision-making, aging, and the facing of limits. This session introduces participants to one another and to the series. It explores how faith affects our day-to-day growth as a person.

At a Loss for Words (ADULT)
This video provides information on how to help those you care for in a miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death experience. It teaches spouses, family members, friends, neighbors, and early caregivers - clergy, doctors, nurses, and counselors - how to help and what to say and do.

It Must Hurt A Lot: A Child's Story About Death (PK, Emementary Grades K-1)
From the Heart to Heart Series, this video is a story about death and learning and growing. Joshua returns home from a day at school to discover that his pet, Muffin, has been hit by a car and has died. Stunned by the news, Joshua is hurt and angry. This video explores all the honest emotions Joshua feels as he tries to deal with this terrible loss. Joshua learns some valuable secrets for coping as he grows through his loss. Taken from the book by the same name, the story by Doris Sanford with pictures by Graci Evans is told by a young child to speak to the hearts of other young children.

Yes? No? Maybe? Decision-Making Skills (Emementary Grades 5-6, JH)
Deciding between alternatives is the most difficult task young people face in growing up. Nothing, however, contributes more to their sense of self-esteem and control over life than the ability to make good decisions. This program fosters students' decision-making skill by demonstrating the importance of self-awareness, values and goal-setting in evaluating choices. Dramatizing situations close to student experience, it presents a five-step process students can make use of to gain confidence and competence in this indispensable skill. The steps are: 1 - identify the real decision to be made; 2 - brainstorm for alternatives; 3 - evaluate alternatives; 4 - choose an alternative; and, 5 - reevaluate the decision.

On the Air: I Am Not Angry (HS)
In this video, you will experience real-life stories, humor and the dynamic Neil McClendon as he addresses critical issues teenagers face every day. In this episode of "On the Air," you will learn how your anger can affect you and what you can do about it. It is a good discussion starter for teenagers.

On the Air: The Blame Game (HS)
This video shows examples of youth hurt, angry, and blaming others for their problems. It stresses learning to take personal responsibility for one's actions. Other situations are a teenager's reaction to her parents' divorce; and pressures to drink, to have sex with one's boyfriend, and to deal in drugs. The story of David and Bathsheba and the story of the Prodigal Son are highlighted.

Relationships: Knowing the Good from the Bad (HS, ADULT)
This video challenges students to consider the quality of their relationships and helps them to be aware of their ability and right to make healthy choices. It has several role play situations in which ordinary teenagers are asked to dramatize common interactions in adolescence: concern for troubled friends, pressure to engage in criminal activity, report cards, dating and sex. The Teacher's Guide includes a lecture outline, worksheets, and self-assessment surveys to be used either before or after the viewings.

Surviving Broken Relationships (ADULT)
The "Surviving…" series of videos provides a unique approach to emotional self-help. Each program features popular lecturer and author Clayton Barbeau doing what he considers his most rewarding work: individual counseling with you, the viewer, as the one seeking advice and affirmation. In this video, he talks about the anger and pain that follow a broken relationship. Mr. Barbeau assures you that the feelings you experience at this time are natural. You are encouraged to be gentle with yourself and not to hide from those who care about you. Above all, don't rush into a new relationship too soon. Broken hearts do mend; and when they do, they are often more loving and compassionate than those that have not suffered.

Surviving Failure/Rejection (ADULT)
The "Surviving…" series of videos provides a unique approach to emotional self-help. Each program features popular lecturer and author Clayton Barbeau doing what he considers his most rewarding work: individual counseling with you, the viewer, as the one seeking advice and affirmation. In this video, he explains how important it is for every person to value themselves, because surviving rejection or failure has a lot to do with self-acceptance. It also means realizing that it is human, and sometimes even a good thing, to fail or to experience hurt. Using some well chosen anecdotes, Mr. Barbeau reveals how paralyzing the fear of failure can be, and he points out that all real growth in life - and in intimacy and love - involves risk, even in the face of rejection or failure.

Surviving Loneliness (ADULT)
The "Surviving…" series of eight videos provides a unique approach to emotional self-help. Each program features popular lecturer and author Clayton Barbeau doing what he considers his most rewarding work: individual counseling with you, the viewer, as the one seeking advice and affirmation. In this video, he examines loneliness as a part of everyone's life, especially in today's competitive society. Pointing out that loneliness often results from our looking to someone else to make us whole. Mr. Barbeau relates the stories of three different "lonely" people and the steps they took to help themselves. He offers many concrete strategies to counteract loneliness, and urges you to "Do all you can to be a whole person because intimacy is possible only between whole persons."


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Audience Codes: PK = Preschool, EL = Elementary, JH = Junior High, HS = HighSchool, Adult


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