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Family Theater Films: The Choice (HS, ADULT)
This is one of a series of five videos. In five modern dramatic stories, scenes from the biblical narrative are intertwined with the contemporary to create powerful connections with the Gospel. The stories address themes such as AIDS, stealing, abortion, reconciliation, peer pressure, family communications, and more. The scenes are realistic, well-produced and touch on relevant issues which will stimulate discussion and reflection. In this video, a series of vignettes highlighting human choices in difficult contemporary situations reflects the critical choice made by a young Jewish girl, which changed the course of history. Key issues: freedom of choice, drug abuse, abortion, morality, stealing, disabilities, and grace.

American Family: It's Not Dying, It's Changing (ADULT)
This video offers a good understanding of what differences exist in today's families. We have moved from an agrarian and industrial society to a technological, information society. This video discusses the impact of all that has evolved as a result of these changes. The video consists of three segments: the myth of the dying family, changing functions of the family, and changing value systems.

Broken Vows: Religious Perspectives On Domestic Violence, Parts 1&2 (ADULT)
This documentary is intended for clergy, congregations, religious educators, counselors, and staff of battered women's programs. It focuses on understanding the dynamics of domestic violence; supporting individuals experiencing domestic violence through the cooperation of religious and secular communities; and developing programs for the prevention of domestic violence. PART I (37 min.) addresses the various aspects of the problems and situations of battered women; PART II (22 min.) discusses possible clergy and congregation responses to these problems. Stories of 6 formerly battered women from Jewish, Roman Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical Christian backgrounds are presented. Interviews with rabbis, priests, pastors, shelter workers, psychologists, and secular professionals are featured. Two separate study sessions are recommended for viewers.

Child Abuse: Breaking The Cycle (JH, HS, ADULT)
Designed to introduce students to the subject of abuse and to offer positive suggestions for recognizing, coping with, and avoiding the cycle, it deals with physical beating, physical neglect, emotional maltreatment, and sexual abuse. It offers a forum for discussion that should lead to the conclusion that although child abuse is widespread, it is also treatable and avoidable.

Family Theater Films: The Search (HS, ADULT)
This is one in a series of five videos. In five modern dramatic stories, scenes from the biblical narrative are intertwined with the contemporary to create powerful connections with the Gospel. The stories address themes such as AIDS, stealing, abortion, reconciliation, peer pressure, family communication, and more. The scenes are realistic, well-produced and touch on relevant issues which will stimulate discussion and reflection. In this video, analogous to the search for Jesus in the temple by Mary and Joseph, a modern-day couple struggles to find their runaway daughter. Key issues: runaways, family communication, prostitution, physical and emotional abuse.

InnerAction: Gospel Attitudes: Pursuing Happiness (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of six videos. Each person participating in this series will need to have a personal copy of InnerActor Magazine and each facilitator will need a copy of the Handbook for reference and guidance. This series is designed to help today's Christian adult focus on the Gospels and explore life issues with the insight of faith. It is a dynamic group process that challenges adults to respond from a renewed spiritual center to the critical issues of today. Authored by Richard Groves, who developed the DeSales Program, InnerAction includes video presentations, personal reflection, faith sharing, and journaling. This series is designed to span the generations of parishioners who are seeking guidance from the Church on the concerns of modern life in the light of Gospel values. SESSION 1 helps participants get acquainted and gives an overview of the six sessions highlighting featured presenters and dramas. Gospel focus is the Beatitudes.

Learning About Sex: Why Boys And Girls Are Different (PK, ADULT)
This is the first in a series of five videos. It provides a sensitive way to help parents explain God's gift of sexuality to children ages 3 to 5.

Pardon And Peace - Sacrament of Reconciliation (HS, ADULT)
This video tells the story of David, a young teenage runaway whose experience of pain and brokeness make him long for the lights of home. The anguish David experiences - Will my father take me back? - is heightened by his encounter with Abe, an old man who reflects on the difficulty involved in saying "I'm sorry". Simple, moving, and eloquent, this video echoes human stories of separation and reconciliation as old as the Prodigal Son and as contemporary as today's headlines.

When You Preach...Remember Me (Spouse Abuse) (ADULT)
This video is designed as a discussion starter. Along with a guide, the video raises consciousness about how preaching can help break the cycle of domestic violence.

Marriage: Building a Lasting Friendship (ADULT)
This video considers the years of preparation for marriage, the early years of marriage, and the "empty-nest" environment of later years.

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 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 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.

Boys Town Videos For Parents: No, I Won't! And You Can't Make Me (ADULT)
Offers practical, how-to advice to parents with children struggling through the often difficult preadolescent and teenage years. This video provides parents with a method to deal with children's rebellion and temper flare-ups. Dramatized vignettes show you how to improve your relationships with your children; control your own anger in the face of a youth's defiance, sarcasm, or back talk; and help an angry youngster calm down.

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.)

Creative Grandparenting (ADULT)
What do children need from a grandparent? How much responsibility can I assume without overstepping bounds? What if there is illness or divorce? How can I relate to teenage grandchildren? This video answers these and other questions with practical, creative suggestions. Featuring Jerry and Jack Schreur of the popular Family Fears series, it is based on solid principles of child development and anchored in the truth of the Bible. It is a welcome resource for grandparents. This video is designed for both group and individual use. It is meant to enrich the lives of families by encouraging grandparents to become involved and become vital participants in the lives of their grandchildren.

Family Dynamics: Family Communications: Effective Ways (ADULT)
Stephen Covey, best-selling author of THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE, introduces this video. He suggests that all of the family be involved in developing a family mission statement of shared visions and values, which will serve to guide and remind family members of deeply held beliefs at times when issues arise. The lessons of this video go beyond the family by also helping in the workplace & in social interactions. Other guests include Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz, who lectures widely on the family; Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, award-winning authors of HOW TO TALK SO KIDS WILL LISTEN AND LISTEN SO KIDS WILL TALK. An expert panel discusses principles of family communications and relationships, especially the importance of listening. Many practical suggestions are given for strengthening communications between siblings, parents and children, husbands and wives.

Boys Town Videos For Parents: It's Great To Be Me ...Self-Esteem (ADULT)
This video offers practical, how-to advice for parents with children struggling through the often difficult pre-adolescent and teenage years. It addresses the important but often misunderstood topic of self-esteem. It shows practical easy-to-learn concepts that enhance children's and teen's developing self-esteem. The video discusses how being a secure, confident person with a healthy sense of self-esteem can greatly influence a person's quality of life. The three main components presented are: 1. Feeling and Being Successful; 2. Feeling Important and Loved; and, 3. Feeling Confident.

Boys Town Videos For Parents: Negotiating Within The Family (ADULT)
This video teaches parents to use a simple written agreement to help children identify and achieve realistic personal goals. By writing a "contract" with children or teens, parents can help them achieve goals they have for themselves, as well as goals the parent may have for them. Three steps to writing contracts with children are: 1. Identify a specific goal that is measurable and realistic; 2. Write the contract including positive and occasionally negative consequences. Set a reasonable time limit; and, 3. Follow-up by reviewing the child's progress daily and providing encouragement. Deliver conseequences when the goal has been reached and go on to discuss further goals.

Building Shalom Families (HS, ADULT)
This program focuses on key issues confronting families in the 1990s. The segment on Trevor Ferrell, the youth who created a program for the homeless of Philadelphia, is most inspiring to teens preparing for service projects. Video segments are: 1. A Prayer for the Family (song 6:00 min.); 2. Family Meeting Principles (8:06 min.); 3. McGinnis Family Meeting (5:30 min.); 4. Trevor's Story (6:20 min.); 5. Reflection on Stewardship by Chief Seattle (1:20 min.); 6. A Reflection on Diversity and Equality (50 sec.); 7. A Reflection on Shalom (2:45 min.); 8. Families in Search of Shalom (10:53 min.).


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


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