Are you tasked with teaching chastity, Theology of the Body, or Catholic sex-ed, and you aren’t sure exactly how to do it? Consider taking a continuing education course with Family Honor. This is a college-level course, and can be taken for either graduate or undergraduate credit; tuition is discounted if you are not taking it for degree credit. Topics covered include:
- History of Sex Education
- Introduction to the Theology of the Body
- Male/Female Complementarity
- Godly and Godless Expressions of Sexuality
- Natural Consequences of Misunderstanding/Misuse of Sexual Powers
- The Family – Putting It in Perspective
- Evangelizing on Sexuality, Love and Family
The 2013 Summer semester course begins April 29th; registration closes April 12th. You can download the complete syllabus in the sidebar of the course overview. While the bulk of the course can be completed online, there is one in-person weekend at the end of the course (August 16th and 17th), that does require travel to Columbia, SC.
This week I spoke with Brenda Cerkez, executive director of Family Honor, who emphasized that the staff at Family Honor are equipped to provide individual guidance, including helping prospective students, catechists, and parents determine whether the online course is an appropriate fit, and to help the student find tuition assistance if necessary.
For those wanting a less-intensive introduction to chastity education, she recommended phoning the Family Honor office, because staff will help the caller choose the right materials based on their budget, academic background, and personal needs.
Trying to develop a Chastity Education Program in your parish or Diocese?
Family Honor has affiliates in eight states, and has honed its process for getting new affiliates established. It is possible to train an entire team of parish or diocesan presenters at once, or to begin with just two presenters (one male, one female) and expand the program slowly. In either case, Family Honor keeps travel costs to an absolute minimum. It is necessary to have both male and female presenters because students and parents are grouped by gender for sessions that touch on fertility appreciation. While stipends are not luxurious, presenters, including interns, do receive compensation for their work, as well as reimbursement for childcare expenses.
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