Peer to Peer Pastoral Care for Middle School Youth Series

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Type of event: Training


Sponsor: UUA Congregational Life Staff Group

Peer Pastoral Care Training Series for Grades 7-9, March 2021.

This three part series on March 6, 13, & 27, will be developmentally appropriate for youth grades 7 to 9 who are interested in supporting their peers.

Pastoral care is an essential part of religious community and an essential part of caring for each other as human beings. We each can be present to each other as we go through both the hard and joyful parts of life. Compassion, witness, listening, and empathy are gifts we can all give each other.

This training is appropriate for youth in grades 7-9 or equivalent and adults who work with youth. Learn more about the Peer Pastoral Care Workshop Series. You must take Part 1 to take Part 2 or Part 3. You can opt out of Part 2 or 3 on the registration form.

Part 1 - Introduction to Peer Pastoral Care and Listening Skills - March 6, 2021. This training explores what pastoral care is and gives youth a chance to practice core skills to pastoral care through video and text role play.

Part 2 - Supporting Youth in Crisis - March 13, 2021. This training explores how to support youth in crisis--when what is facing them feels overwhelming and they may need more than listening and compassionate support. We will also explore the ethics of pastoral care including the limits and need to expand confidentiality to help those experiencing harm or in danger of harm. This training discusses topics including child abuse, intimate partner violence, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. For this reason, we will ask for a reference email from a congregational religious professional for all participants and send an email to youth’s parents describing the contents so that if they have concerns about their youth’s participation they can discuss those concerns with their youth and contact regional staff.

Part 3 - Pastoral Care After Microaggressions - March 27, 2021. This training will explore the intersection of oppression, identity, and pastoral care with a focus on providing pastoral care when oppression, such as microaggressions, has occurred. We will explore the dynamics of providing pastoral care to someone who has experienced the microaggression both as someone with a similar identity and someone without; providing pastoral care to someone who has hurt someone else through microaggressions; and providing pastoral care to a witness or community member.

This training takes place online and will have breaks incorporated into the schedule.

Cost: Registration fees are on a sliding scale of $20-30-40-50, based on your assessment of your ability to pay. Those who pay at the two highest levels are making a donation to help those in financial need for this event. Please remember that for a sliding scale to work, we need the same number of people with means to generously pay more to balance the needs of those who can afford less. (This is one way we try to build the Beloved Community!) If you are part of a congregational team of three or more, please pay the lowest fee.

Important: To ensure we have appropriate youth/adult ratios, congregations should plan to send an adult if they have any youth participating in this training. If you are unable to send an adult please contact Shannon Harper at

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Do note the following: Youth and their parent will receive a notification to sign a permission form. Adults will receive a notification to sign a Code of Conduct. Adults also need to provide a copy of their background check from their congregation which your reference will be asked to provide.

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