Certificate Courses

Helping Young People Build Character and Virtue

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Price: $350.00
Avg. Completion Time: 4 hours

This certificate program is designed for parents, educators, and mentors interested in learning how to help young people build good character and healthy attitudes towards sex in order to form effective defenses against the harmful influences of pornography.

What will I learn in this certificate course?

    • Warning signs that a young person is developing a pornography or other kind of sexual addiction
    • Prevention strategies
    • Intervention strategies
    • How to talk to teens about having a healthy and Catholic attitude towards sex
    • Ways to foster good character in youth and young people

 

Certificate Program Description

The purpose of this course is to provide parents, educators, and anyone working with young people with basic information about pornography’s impact on youth and young people today, how to help the youth of today build healthy attitudes towards sex, and how to help young people build good character.

By the end of this certificate program, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the warning signs that point to the potential development of a sexual addiction
  2. Identify prevention and intervention strategies to use when working with young people
  3. Identify what a Catholic’s attitude toward sex should be
  4. Explain the emotional dangers of premarital sex
  5. Describe ways young adults can live a chaste life
  6. List and describe the essential virtues that comprise good character
  7. Identify the psychological components of the virtues
  8. Explain what parents, teachers, and mentors can do to foster good character in youth

Sequence of Certificate Program Webinars

Sexual Addiction Awareness: Working With Young People by Dan Spadaro, LPC, CSAT (:45)

In this workshop, Dan Spadaro, LPC, CSAT, examines the current trends and attitudes among young adults regarding pornography and other sexual behavior. He explains the typical development of a sexual addiction, factors that predispose a young person to developing a sexual addiction, and some warning signs. He concludes by offering practical prevention and intervention strategies that can be used when working with young people. This workshop is 45 minutes long and can be watched at any time after registration.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the warning signs that point to the potential development of a sexual addiction.
  2. Identify prevention and interventions strategies to use when working with young people.

Sex, Love, & Character: How to Speak to Teens & Young Adults by Thomas Lickona, Ph.D. (1:25)

In this webinar, Thomas Lickona, Ph.D., developmental psychologist and director of the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility), speaks directly to pre-adolescents and adolescents about why sex is a big deal and what a Catholic’s attitude towards it should be.  Dr. Lickona also explains the emotional dangers of premarital sex as well as how to successfully live a chaste life.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify what a Catholic’s attitude toward sex should be.
  2. Explain the emotional dangers of premarital sex.
  3. Describe how to live a chaste life.

Development of Moral Character in Children by Thomas Lickona, Ph.D.(1:28)

How can parents, educators, and mentors help children develop good character? In this webinar, Thomas Lickona, Ph.D., Director of the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility), discusses the ten essential virtues that comprise good character as well as the order in which the virtues should be developed. He also focuses on the psychological components of the virtues and how these direct the development of the virtues. Dr. Lickona will also explore how the stages of moral reasoning inform virtue development. This webinar features a question and answer session.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. List and describe the essential virtues that comprise good character.
  2. Identify the psychological components of the virtues.
  3. Explain what parents, teachers, and mentors can do to foster good character in children.

Instructor Biographies

Thomas Lickona, Ph.D.

Dr. Thomas Lickona is a developmental psychologist and professor emeritus of education at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he founded and continues to direct the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility) (www.cortland.edu/character).  He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Boston Universities, president of the Association for Moral Education, and Board member with the Character Education Partnership. He speaks around the world on fostering moral values and character development.  His eight books on character development include Raising Good Children, Educating for Character, Character Matters, and, with his wife Judith, a book for teens, Sex, Love, and You: Making the Right Decision.  Educating for Character  won a Christopher Award for “affirming the highest values of the human spirit.”  He received the Character Education Partnership’s “Sandy Award” for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education.  His work has been featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story, “Teaching Johnny To Be Good,”  and on “Good Morning America,” “Larry King Live Radio,” National Public Radio, and “Focus on the Family.”

Dan Spadaro, M.A., LPC, CSAT

Dan Spadaro, M.A., LPC brings over fifteen years of counseling experience to his practice. A graduate of Franciscan University, Dan received both his undergraduate (Theology ’92) and graduate (Counseling ’97) degrees from this Ohio institution.

Dan has worked as mental health counselor with families in Colorado since 1997 in a variety of settings: This includes experience in the psychiatric hospital setting, as well as residential treatment centers, and outpatient mental health offices. From 1999 to 2006, Dan volunteered with the Colorado Department of Corrections, to facilitate sexual addiction support groups for incarcerated men.

Dan founded Imago Dei Counseling, as a private practice dedicated to the integration of psychology and the Catholic faith and toward helping individuals and couples to rediscover their true image founded in God.

In addition to his formal training as a counselor, Dan also draws from his own personal experience of faith, family, and understanding of the battle for purity of heart.

Dan holds a certification as a Certified Sexual Addictions Therapist (CSAT) in 2009, having trained with Dr. Patrick Carnes.

Dan has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Colorado since 1999.

In 2006, Dan completed certification for adolescent disruptive behavior disorders as part of the Integrated Psychotherapy Consortium Training Institute with Columbia University.

Dan and his wife have five beautiful children and together enjoy the majesty of the Rocky Mountains.