Children's Ministry Mini Course

How To Talk To Kids And Their Parents About Tough Issues

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Course Overview

When sad times come, how equipped are you to help children in your ministry cope? We help hurting kids when we know how to talk with them about what's going on. Knowing how to establish a relationship with kids and their parents that builds trust and communicates support is critical in making a difference. This mini course will provide the building blocks to make this happen.

This mini course is made up of content from our Helping Hurting Kids full course. For more extensive training on helping kids in crisis, enroll in our full course on Helping Hurting Kids.

Course Outline

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Meet course instructor Dr. Joseph White, Clinical Child and Family Psychologist. His background in church ministry and board certification to train therapists for work with child abuse victims will help you discover the unique role you play in helping hurting kids and their families. He’ll equip you with the tools to be effective as you come alongside families who need help.

Module 1. Helping Hurting Kids Through Supportive Conversations

We help hurting kids when we know how to talk with them about what’s going on. Knowing how to establish a relationship that builds trust and communicates support is critical in making a difference. This module will show you how.

Module 2. Deeper Dive Conversations

When kids need to express something difficult, they often use only body language to communicate something is wrong. Or they say very little initially. We’ll show you how to have supportive conversations with children. You’ll learn attentive listening and skills to facilitate deeper level conversations.

Module 3. Talking With Parents

It’s important that we talk with parents or caregivers when we see that kids are in distress. In this module we’ll explore additional skills to use when talking to family members about behaviors we observe that might be indicators that kids are hurting.

Module 4. Wrap Up

You’re now ready to identify and respond to hurting kids through supportive conversations. In this session you’ll identify some specific action steps to implement immediately in your children’s ministry.

Course Outcomes

U Discover

How to have supportive conversations with children and their parents.

Attentive listening skills to discern underlying issues and concerns.

Tips on how to engage in conversations using questions that bring emotions to the surface.

U Will

Gain practical skills to use when responding to kids and their parents as they deal with tough issues.

About the Instructor

Joseph White

Dr. Joseph White is a Clinical Child and Family Psychologist and religious education editor in Austin, Texas. His work has included counseling children and families after traumatic events and consultation with schools and churches after natural disasters and acts of terrorism. He is Board Certified in Sexual Abuse by the American Association of Experts in Traumatic Stress and certified by the American Psychological Association to train therapists for work with child victims of violence. Joseph previously worked as a director of children’s ministry. He is the author of eleven books, including Listening for God in Everyday Life (2020) and Burnout Busters: Stress Management for Ministry(2007).

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