Catholic Faith Formation and Education
Family Relationships

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.).

Communicating Christian Sexuality To Children (ADULT)
This video is designed for parents of children from infancy through adolescence. Its use will enable parents to feel more comfortable and confident when discussing sex with their children. The video stresses the parent's role as the primary educators of their children in this most important area of communicating Christian sexuality to children. This video can be used by itself or in conjunction with the printed program COMMUNICATING CHRISTIAN SEXUALITY by Lorraine Amendolara and Eileen Murphy.

In God's Image: Male And Female; A Catholic Vision Of Human Sexuality (Emementary Grades 5-6, JH)
This video presents a Catholic perspective on human sexuality in a comprehensive, developmental examination of the beauty, sacredness, and power of human sexuality. There are five units: 1. Sexuality: Something Special. Philosophy of the program and a survey of common themes and attitudes. 2. God Doesn't Make Junk! The young person's uniqueness and the influence of self-esteem in life decisions. 3. The Fabulous Female. Puberty and its changes, the female reproductive system, and the process of menstruation. 4. The Marvelous Male. The male reproductive system, puberty and its changes, and appreciation of individual maturation. 5. Your Right to Respect.

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.

Active Parenting Today: What's Your Parenting Style? (ADULT)
For parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12, this is video one of a six-part series. What's your parenting style and how does it influence your child? Learn to identify the three styles of parenting, and discover the pros and cons of each style. Learn how to reduce power struggles.

Active Parenting Today: Your Child's Success Cycle (ADULT)
For parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12, this is video two of a six-part series. Subtitle is: How to build self-esteem, courage and positive behavior. Learn how courage and self-esteem are the foundations for positive behavior and success. Watch how the "think-feel-do" cycle affects a child's choices, and how you can use encouragement to build up your child's courage and self esteem.

Active Parenting Today: Sidestepping the Power Struggle (ADULT)
For parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12, this video is the third of a six-part series. Subtitle is: How to redirect your child's misbehavior. Children misbehave in many different ways, but they are always trying to reach one of four basic goals: contact, power, revenge, or avoidance. Learn to identify what your child really wants when he or she misbehaves. Discover ways to avoid "paying off" the misbehavior and how to encourage positive approaches to the goal.

Active Parenting Today: Effective Discipline (ADULT)
For parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12, this video is the fourth of a six-part series. Subtitle is: How to raise a responsible child. Go beyond traditional punishments to learn discipline skills that build cooperation and responsibility, including the use of "logical consequences". Learn how to gain cooperation with your child through the use of "I" messages, and discover how to identify who "owns" a problem and who should be responsible for solving it.

Active Parenting Today: Active Communication (ADULT)
For parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12, this video is the fifth of a six-part series. Subtitle is: How to win cooperation with your child. Learn how to avoid mixed messages and other communication blocks common between a parent and child. Discover how to use open, active communication techniques to help your child develop problem-solving skills, encourage cooperation and positive behavior, and strengthen your parent-child relationship.

Active Parenting Today: The Magic of Family Meetings (ADULT)
For parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12, this video is the sixth of a six-part series. Subtitle is: How they solve problems and teach values. Learn how to start regular family meetings to give your family a forum for open communication and letting every family member participate in solving problems and setting rules. Watch as one family works out a mother's frustration about excessive housework, and how another set of parents uses a family meeting to discuss drugs and alcohol-- with their pre-teen daughter.

Boys Town Videos For Parents: Common-Sense Parenting (ADULT)
This video is part of a national outreach to help more children by reaching parents, teachers, and others who work with kids. It offers practical, how-to advice to parents with children struggling through the often difficult preadolescent and teenage years. It reassures parents that they are still a fundamental influence in their growing child's life. Dramatized vignettes show parents how to increase their child's self-esteem and reduce the power of peer pressure. Hosted by actress Alley Mills of "The Wonder Years," this video also reminds parents that some of the "common sense" techniques they used when their children were younger can be adapted for the older child.

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.

My Son, My Son (HS, ADULT)
This is the story of two fathers and their sons. It is a story of regret and loneliness, of forgiveness and renewed life which looks with compassion at two issues in society today: homosexuality and AIDS. The video makes no pretense to argue for or against homosexual orientation, but portrays our need to respect and to love one another no matter how deep our differences. It graphically illustrates the human need for understanding, for tolerance, for caring, for compassion, for love; and can be used in a number of contexts dealing with attitudes of prejudice, reconciliation and openmindedness. The story is a take-off point for discussing values, which are a part of our Christian heritage. It is important to prepare the audience for viewing and to make sure that there is adequate follow-up time for discussion.

Skateboard (Emementary Grades 2-6, JH, HS, ADULT)
Sandy is an adventurous eight-year-old with a brand new skateboard. Bored with coasting on easy hills, she rides down a very steep hill. Unable to stop, she loses control of the board and narrowly escapes a serious accident. Knowing that she has been recognized, Sandy runs and hides. Her parents discover her, and they help her to realize that the people who love us make rules because they care and that having broken a rule she must face the consequences.

Through Grandpa's Eyes (EL, ADULT)
This story, based on a Newberry Award winner by Patricia MacLachlan, offers a warm glimpse into the loving relationship of a young boy and his blind grandfather. As they spend the day together exploring the woodsy countryside, making music, "watching" TV, reminiscing with Nana, Grandpa shares the insights of his years, his experience, and his blindness with Johnny. The video beautifully highlights the many other gifts that people with disabilities have to offer. The time spent and shared nurtures a loving relationship that will enrich Johnny forever.

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.

American Family: A Challenged Tradition - I'm Me and I'm Special (ADULT)
This video will help you understand the developmental stages of the two-to-five-year-old. Also, you will learn how to enhance your child's self esteem, how to stimulate your child's interest in learning, and how to discipline so that respect, responsibility , and resourcefulness flourish.

Boys Town Videos For Parents: Take Time To Be A Family (ADULT)
This video offers practical, how-to advice to parents with children struggling through the often difficult preadolescent and teenage years. It demonstrates how a weekly get-together can help improve your family's communication and planning. It explains how to use these sessions to build your children's decision-making skills and enhance their sense of responsibility.

Death and Bereavement (ADULT)
This video explores the concepts of bereavement and draws insight from live interviews with individuals who are dealing with their own grief. She gives clear instruction on how to minister to the bereaved, how to conduct follow-up sessions with the family after the funeral, and how to give referrals for grief counseling. Through role playing and discussion, this training video shows the steps of planning the wake service and funeral liturgy, and also discusses the liturgy in such sensitive situations as suicide and the death of an infant, and when cremation is involved.

Domestic Violence - Challenge to the Courts (ADULT)
This is the Keynote Speech at the Symposium on Domestic Abuse on October 22, 1993. Sarah Buell, Esq., discusses the influences, situations, and reasons which create both abusers and victims in domestic violence settings. How does our society perpetuate these influences/situations? How can we address domestic violence constructively as individuals and as a society?

Domestic Violence - Domestic Violence in our Society: The Church's Response (ADULT)
What can Church/parish leaders do in support of women in domestic violence situations? How can the Church let the victims of domestic violence and abuse know their cries have been heard? How can parishes be made safe places for the victims?

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

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