Workshops

Workshops

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Teaching Multiple Ages

Instructor: Mike Hook

Teaching Multiple Ages will provide teaching strategies and practical tips to help address multiple ages in one room. Mike Hook will demonstrate some of these strategies using Bible themes that may help and provide an opportunity for you to create a multiple aged lesson plan. Come with questions and your own ideas to share!

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NOTE: This workshop will be offered twice


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About your Instructor: Mike is a missionary in Scotland with his wife Tina, they have been on the field for 10 years. Mike has been teaching in children’s ministry for over 25 years and also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, and a background in inclusive classrooms. He taught music in a public school for 16 years.


Children’s Ministry Online

Instructor: Kay Farmer

Lockdowns and restrictions have kept us separated from our church families over the past few years! Join me as we talk about simple ways to think outside of the box and stay connected to our families digitally! 
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About your Instructor:
Kay Farmer has been based in Europe as an AGWM Missionary and FEIC Kids Director having served in Italy, Belgium, and currently Hungary as a Children’s Pastor.


Keeping the story alive

Instructor: Judy Mensch

This storytelling workshop will help you understand the importance of being able to tell a story well. Everybody responds to stories; they love to listen and watch as you weave a tale that takes them away. But we, as believers, have the greatest story to tell.

Not only will you learn techniques, styles, and practices but you will also understand how you can be used by God to tell stories. This workshop will be fun and informative and you will leave with a lot of resources to help you on your continuing journey to keep the story alive.
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About your Instructor:
From 1978 until 2006 I was a full-time Children’s Evangelist and Children’s Pastor. I have also worked overseas on several continents promoting Community Evangelism and Children’s Ministry. From 1998-2006, I had been teaching young adults at Zion Bible College in Barrington, Rhode Island (now Northpoint Bible College in Haverhill, MA)

In 2006, I moved to The Netherlands as an Assemblies of God Missionary /Children’s Evangelist – and loved it. The name of the ministry was KIDZARK. If a church was interested in reaching their community with the love of God, I would come in and help them with an outreach and then continue to work with them for about 5 months until they were self-sufficient in reaching children and their families.

Some of my other tasks include writing children’s curriculum for Children’s Church and Sunday School, as well as writing plays for children – outreaches. It has also been my pleasure to regularly travel to many different countries in Europe to help churches reach their communities with the love of God and to train teachers of children.

Presently, from August 2022, I will be living in Spain but traveling to Eastern Europe to open Art and Drama Centers for the refugee children of Ukraine. These centers will be biblically based in a therapeutic fashion to help those children traumatized by the war.

If you would like to contact me, you can email me through Europe’s Children (europeschildren.org) or at judy.mensch@eu.agwm.org.


Children’s Ministry Offline- Pastoral Care

How can we as Children’s Leaders provide comfort to our families during times of crisis? Join me as we discuss ways we can support our families and children through Pastoral Care. 

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About your Instructor:
Kay Farmer has been based in Europe as an AGWM Missionary and FEIC Kids Director having served in Italy, Belgium, and currently Hungary as a Children’s Pastor.


Theraplay and Behavior Therapy Principles for Assisting Children on the Autism Spectrum

Autism is one of the most common developmental differences affecting children in schools, camps, faith-based programs, and families. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) range from very severely affected youth with profound communication delays to highly intelligent youth who struggle with social dynamics. Theraplay was originally designed as a social connection and skill-building intervention for youth with severe autism compounded by intellectual delay but has been found useful for youth across the spectrum. Behavior therapy principles are highly structured methods for teaching adaptive living skills and communication skills. This class will introduce parents and educators to basic techniques in both Theraplay and Behavioral Therapy that can be immediately applied to helping youth with a range of developmental delays affecting social functioning in families, peer groups, classrooms, and camps.

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About your Instructor:

Rand Coleman, Ph.D. is a graduate of Hahnemann University, where he obtained his training in clinical psychology, specializing in neuropsychology. He is trained in Theraplay, EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, attachment-based therapy, and parenting techniques. He now is one of the trainers for Theraplay and travels the world training professionals in this technique.  Family therapy work has used the Theraplay model in the service of helping families develop better relationships with their autistic children/siblings, and is integrated with other modalities, such as picture communication programs (e.g., PECS), the teaching of daily life skills, positive behavioral supports, and community integration practice. Now in private practice, Rand’s time is split between providing therapy, doing neuropsychological testing, and conducting training.  


Attachment Based Principles for Helping Youth With Trust & Attachment Difficulties

Disruptive behavior in a family or classroom setting is often associated with emotional distress. Worldwide there are many circumstances that contribute to emotional difficulty, loss of trust, trauma reactions, and damaged attachment for children. These children are present in our families, classrooms, and faith-based programs and need our special care. This class is an introduction to attachment basics and attachment based parenting techniques that increase the likelihood of relationship connection and trust building.

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About your Instructor:

Rand Coleman, Ph.D. is a graduate of Hahnemann University, where he obtained his training in clinical psychology, specializing in neuropsychology. He is trained in Theraplay, EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, attachment-based therapy, and parenting techniques. He now is one of the trainers for Theraplay and travels the world training professionals in this technique.  Family therapy work has used the Theraplay model in the service of helping families develop better relationships with their autistic children/siblings, and is integrated with other modalities, such as picture communication programs (e.g., PECS), the teaching of daily life skills, positive behavioral supports, and community integration practice. Now in private practice, Rand’s time is split between providing therapy, doing neuropsychological testing, and conducting training.  


Principles of Group Theraplay for Classrooms, Camps, and Sibling Sets

Theraplay principles for relationship building have been applied to classrooms, group therapy programs, and sibling sets for over 5 decades. Group Theraplay is a researched and evidence-based approach to helping youth with anxiety and depression. It is an effective method for teaching social skills, collaboration, and trust with peers. The experiential activities of Theraplay are ideal for camp settings and have been used across the lifespan from Early Childhood to Adolescence to Elderly. This class will share basic concepts and applications and the group will actually practice some Experiential Exercises together.

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About your Instructor:

Rand Coleman, Ph.D. is a graduate of Hahnemann University, where he obtained his training in clinical psychology, specializing in neuropsychology. He is trained in Theraplay, EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, attachment-based therapy, and parenting techniques. He now is one of the trainers for Theraplay and travels the world training professionals in this technique.  Family therapy work has used the Theraplay model in the service of helping families develop better relationships with their autistic children/siblings, and is integrated with other modalities, such as picture communication programs (e.g., PECS), the teaching of daily life skills, positive behavioral supports, and community integration practice. Now in private practice, Rand’s time is split between providing therapy, doing neuropsychological testing, and conducting training.