Catholic Faith Formation and Education
   
Stress


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.

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.

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.

Coping With Clayton Barbeau: Coping With Self (ADULT)
This is the first of a series of four videos. Beginning with stresses surrounding birth, therapist Clayton Barbeau humorously describes how coping with ourselves depends on our abilities to creatively react to stress.

Coping With Clayton Barbeau: Coping With Others (ADULT)
This is the second in a series of four videos. Therapist Clayton Barbeau, uses a variety of anecdotes from his family experiences and the lives of his counseling clients as he shares his insights about coping with others. Successful coping in a relationship results when each person decides to take responsibility for making the relationship work. Barbeau insists that boundaries are necessary for healthy coping in relationships.

Coping With Clayton Barbeau: Coping With Loss (ADULT)
This is the third of a series of four videos. No human being escapes coping with loss in life. According to therapist, Clayton Barbeau, failing to cope with loss, both great and small, is to wound ourselves. Using humorous and dramatic stories from real life situations, Barbeau leads his audience to examine healthy coping from death of a loved one to simple losses in daily living. He insists that we must be patient with ourselves when faced with serious loss. He shares the wisdom he gained watching himself cope with the unexpected death of his wife of 26 years. The successful life, he says, is a constant process of both loss and gain.

Coping With Clayton Barbeau: Coping With Feelings (ADULT)
This is the fourth of a series of four videos. Therapist Clayton Barbeau offers a lively and insightful presentation on just how to cope creatively with personal feelings like anger, fear, disappointment, and depression. He notes that each of us has a dominant feeling that influences our world view. We can better cope with our feelings if we are careful to discern their origins. Healthy coping with feelings gives us a sense of personal freedom and power which leads to joy.

Teen Scenes (JH, HS)
This video features four real-life dramatic vignettes in which typical teens find themselves in moral dilemmas which call for a serious decision and, just as the decision is about to be made, the vignette ends leaving the decision (and the ending) up to your audience! Topics include plagiarism, shoplifting, peer pressure, and gossip/cliques. Comes with study guide to facilitate discussion. Each scene is 4-7 minutes in length and invites teens to reflect on situations that call for ethical decision-making. See also "More Teen Scenes".

Struggling With Stress (HS, ADULT)
This program takes the teen's point of view to realistically depict the moods, attitudes, pressures, and decision-making dilemmas that confront today's adolescents. It uses a documentary format to follow a group of ethnically and socio-economically diverse teenagers through their normal everyday lives and exposes the challenges they face in managing stress. By watching how other real young people cope with the stresses in their world, your students will understand more about how to apply such coping techniques to their own daily lives. The video and Teacher's Resource Book review various strategies to combat stress.

Eggplant Lady (JH, HS, ADULT)
"My life is SO over!" moans 16-year-old Jamie. Her parents have decided that the family should move to a bigger house in a better neighborhood - and Jamie hates the idea of leaving her friends and school. Also quietly unhappy is Rosa, Jamie's grandmother. The move will end her years of living in the house where she and her now-departed husband Pedro raised their family. Rosa must also say goodbye to her beloved garden and her role as "The Eggplant Lady," cooking her specialty - eggplant parmigiana - for the homeless who gather for meals in the church soup kitchen. How Rosa and Jamie come together to face a situation neither one can control creates a moving story. In her own way, Rosa teaches Jamie the valuable lesson of Christ's suffering in the Garden of Gethsemani: "When something bad happens that I can't change or can't even understand, I just try to remember that everything - and all of us - are part of God's plan." This video, featuring a recipe with a secret ingredient, tears and laughter, faith and family, will inspire and touch viewers of all ages.


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


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