Online Seminars:

We will be starting the second module of the online seminar Children at Risk on March 7th 2022

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Online seminars we offer:

  1. Introduction to Children at Risk (New dates to be announced)

  2. Children at Risk, second module.             (March 7-18, 2022)  

Since the COVID-19 pandemic made travelling more difficult, we are offering short two week online seminars for those who would like to learn more about working with children at risk, believing there will be many opportunities to minister to children at risk after the corona crisis subsides and the world opens up again.*

These seminars are for Christians who are passionate about reaching children, families and communities at risk, including street children, refugee children, kids from broken families, orphans, children living in slums, children with HIV/AIDS, and other children with different needs and challenges in their lives.

They are both for those who have completed a Discipleship Training School (DTS), the basic school of YWAM and the University of the Nations, and for people who have not done a DTS, but who have a heart for children and want more training. 

These seminars are registered as an Extension Course with the University of the Nations, and participants will receive a certificate with the value of 1 UofN credit upon successful completion of every seminar.

 

Topics of the teachings:

1. Introduction to Children at Risk  (New dates to be announced)

  • God's Heart for Children I - How does God see children? Understanding more of God’s love, justice, mercy, and compassion.

  • God's Heart for Children II - Characteristics of wholesome children, what went wrong, and how can we help the children on their way to restoration.

  • Biblical worldview and community development - How our belief system affects our view of children and poverty and how can we work with them in a wholistic and non-paternalistic way.

  • Child development and how to help children to reach their full potential.

  • Understanding the different groups of children at risk, and strategies to work with them, their families, and their communities.

  • Family based care versus institutional care, why and how to promote adoption and foster care.

 

2.  Children at Risk, second module (March 7-18, 2022)

  • Value of girls and women around the world, and why it matters. / Dignity Campaign.

  • Abortion and the deception of the personhood theory. What it is, why it matters, and what we can do.

  • Combatting human trafficking: understanding the problem and learning different ways to take action.

  • Community development: how to help transform slums and refugee camps; pitfalls and good practice.

  • Education: Character of the teacher / Teaching children: how to plan your lessons understanding the different types of intelligence and gifting in children.

  • Trauma and resilience: using practical tools for grief and trauma counseling with children, and how to build up their resilience.

 

Teachers:

  1. Johan and Jeannette Lukasse, The Netherlands / Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

  2. Michelle Chaves, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

  3. Barbara Ruegger, Switzerland / India

  4. Aukje Brouwer, The Netherlands / Cape Town, South Africa

  5. Roberto Firmino, Brazil / Bali, Indonesia

  6. Rite Mayers, Canada / Malaga, Spain

 

The duration of the seminars is two weeks each:   

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays: Classes, consisting of lectures, practical application, and question time, totaling 3 hours per day. Meeting times: 14:00-17:00 (Amsterdam Time Zone)

Wednesdays and Fridays: Personal study, for which we will provide material to read or watch, and assignments to complete. 

In total, you can expect to spend a minimum of 3-4 hours a day for 2 weeks, which is the time commitment for the seminar.

 

Platforms:  Zoom and Google Classroom.

 

Language: English. 

 

Costs: USD 5 (five US dollars).

 

Requirements:

   Seminar 1. Introduction to Children at Risk:

  • Be 18 years or older.

  • Be a committed Christian.

  • Have sufficient English.

  • Have never been convicted of an offense concerning any kind of abuse against a child (a person under 18 years old) and have never abused a child.

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   Seminar 2. Children at Risk, second module.

  • Have completed seminar 1: Introduction to Children at Risk,

  • Or be a practitioner, actually working with Children at Risk.

*(Some national travel might open up soon, so if you live in Brazil, South Africa, Australia or Holland you might check out your national YWAM bases, to find out when they are planning the next in-person Children at Risk School).