This training program is required for those adults, both staff and volunteers, who have custodial care of or direct contact with children in the course of their service in the parish. The VIRTUS course only needs to be taken once—at St. Elizabeth’s or, with documentation, at another parish. The class is 2 1/2 hours in length and is offered on a monthly basis throughout the year. If you anticipate being involved with Children's Liturgy of the Word, chaperoning middle or high school youth ministry events, leading a Confirmation group, attending a mission trip, or being part of VBS, you must be Virtus certified.
Upcoming VIRTUS Training sessions for 2015-16:
Sessions include training in the signs and symptoms of child abuse, and suggestions on how to talk with children about these issues will also be included, as will training in mandated reporting and the archdiocese's policies and procedures for preventing child abuse. An on-line component called "VIRTUS On-Line" will provide continued training through monthly bulletins and annual recertification.
Contact the CAP Team
For more information about VIRTUS "Protecting God's Children,” see: virtusonline.org