Hope And Healing For Today’s Teens 2016

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OCTOBER 14, 2016

This workshop was presented by Roy Petitfils and Kim McMillan.

Anxiety, depression, self injury, sexual orientation, suicidal ideation. These are just a few things ministers, catechists, teachers, parents and others involved in the lives of today’s teens face.

It can be daunting to help teens who are dealing with these issues. Many adults think “I’m not a psychologist… How can I help these teens?” While there are limits to what non mental health professionals can do, there is MUCH more you can do than you probably think. You’ll leave this session with a better understanding of these issues and with a clearer understanding of the critical role you can play in pastorally caring for today’s hurting teens.

In Kim’s session you will have the opportunity to practice how to respond and react if young people seeking Pastoral care bring these concerns to you. We will have a chance to practice dialogue and what action to take in possible scenarios, with ministry peers.

About the presenters…

Roy Petitfils loves to cook, be outdoors and spend time with his family. He is a licensed counselor in private practice where he helps people find meaning in their lives, reconnect with their spiritual selves and grow in spiritual and emotional wholeness. Prior to becoming a counselor Roy studied ministry and spirituality for five years both in the US and in Rome. He has worked with young people for twenty years as a youth minister, a professional educator and administrator, school counselor and now as a counselor in private practice.

Roy has written four books, the latest What Teens Want You to Know, but Don’t Tell You. Roy is passionate about helping adults connect matters of faith to their real life experience. His blue collar roots, natural humor, contagious enthusiasm and diverse background have made him an internationally sought after presenter. Roy and his wife Mindi of 14 years live in South Louisiana with their two sons, Max and Ben.

Kim McMillan began in youth ministry as a volunteer helping out at retreats and teen events. Since those early days Kim has eagerly sought knowledge and experience through formal education opportunities and the wisdom found within the youth ministry community of practice. In addition to her 20 years of parish experience, Kim has a certificate from the Center for Ministry Development in Youth Ministry Studies and has completed the Archdiocese of Chicago’s certification requirements for youth ministry. Kim is a charter member and chair of the Association for the Advancement of Youth Ministers (AACYM). Kim facilitates Confirmation retreats and speaks to parents and adults about a variety of topics. While parish ministry remains the focus of Kim’s time and attention she loves to share her passion and experience in ministry with others.