As adult youth workers, it can be challenging to meet our youth where they are – especially since where they are (at least socially and emotionally) looks quite a bit different than even five years ago. In our rapidly changing world, it’s important to understand both the physical attributes of adolescence and the emotional state of today’s teens as they navigate the challenges of technology, relationships, and many other factors in their daily lives.
In Adolescent World, we will look at adolescent development, generational theory, how to help teens in crisis, and much more. This course includes reading, video teaching, and interactive discussion with other course learners.
Optional zoom meetings will be held during Weeks 2 and 5.
Learners are required to have the following books for this class:
- iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us, by Jean M. Twenge, PhD
- Wrestling with Rest: Inviting Youth to Discover the Gift of Sabbath, by Nathan T. Stucky
- Gen Z, Volume 2 by Barna Group
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
Number of weeks: 6
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: Yes, optional
Part of a certification or series of courses?: Yes
About the Instructor
Lori Richey serves as the lead instructor for the Institute for Discipleship’s Certification in Youth Ministry, as well as assisting with administration and programming for another IFD program, the Summit Youth Academy. She received a Certification in Youth Ministry from Perkins School of Theology in 2015 and served as youth director for 11 years at Calvary United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kan. Lori also is the program director for certifications at the Institute for Discipleship. She oversees development of new and existing ministry certifications and provides leadership and support for the lead coordinators of each program.
Past Students Said…
“The flow of the course was very conducive to propelling one through & feeling satisfied with a continuous learning experience that “landed” with knowledge, insight AND a completed useful project.”
“Lori did an excellent job facilitating and communicating. I appreciate her encouraging and practical approach– and the amount of pre-work (as well as tweaks along the way!), and employing of others’ experience, wisdom and input, to make the course moving forward fluid and valuable.”
“This has been my favorite course in the series. It was very well choreographed, used a wide variety of resources and valuable teaching from other ‘experts.'”