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We know catechist training can be very challenging. We are providing you some helpful resources. First, there are outlines for four on-site training sessions. And each training session has a PowerPoint presentation (PPT) that you can use.

Second, there are six tip sheets on critical topics. Use them with the training sessions or for individual catechist formation. These tip sheets are also in your Coordinator's Manual, but you can print these in full color on a color printer.

On the catechist portion of this Web site, your catechists will find these same resources that they can refer to and study on their own.


Training Resources

*If you do not have Microsoft office, you can still open the DOC files using Google Docs. PPT stands for PowerPoint presentations, which will play in the free PowerPoint Player from Microsoft if you do not have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint.

Training Sessions
Introduction to the Catholic Connections Program
An overview of the Catholic Connections program, describing The Catholic Connections Handbook and all the resources available to catechists and parents. Be patient when downloading, the PowerPoint presentation is a big file.

The Young Adolescent
Meet the young adolescent and learn about his and her world, how they are growing and developing, and how best to catechize them.

Effective Catechetical Techniques
In this training session you will learn some best pracices for leading activities, facitlitating discussion, making presentations, and leading prayer.

Managing Your Learning Environment
How do you respond to and encouage young people who are easily distracted, uncooperative, or disruptive? This training session will help you understand young people's behavior and create an effective catechtical environment.

Tip Sheets
Developmental Characteristics of Young Adolescents
With the onset of puberty comes an explosion of growth of many kinds: physical, intellectual, emotional, social, moral, and spiritual. Understand the nature and scope of adolescent development and respond appropriately.
Active Learning and Faith Formation
People tend to learn least through "passive" methods like reading textbooks or listening to lectures. Active methods, involving direct, meaningful, and personal experiences, are most effective.
Effective Storytelling
Stories are often the best way to capture and convey the power of deep truths and significant relationships. If we want our sessions to come alive with genuine passion and enthusiasm, we must tell stories.
Effective Group Management
When programs for young people are well conceived, age appropriate, and directed by capable and caring adults, behavior problems are minimized.
Helping Young Adolescents to Pay Attention
The following strategies can help you facilitate learning by enhancing the attention of all adolescents, not just those with attention issues.
Using the Scriptures
The Scriptures play a critical role in our faith growth as a source of inspiration, celebration, education, and formation. As a catechist you should become comfortable with using the Scriptures, and nurture such comfort in young people.

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