- Rob Westerman Safe Environment Coordinator
Safe Environment Programs
As part of the Diocese of Gaylord's commitment to protecting children, we offer various training modalities and sessions throughout the year to promote an understanding of child abuse and neglect issues in our society to both students and adults. For more information, please click on the links to the left.
Trainings for Adults
Virtus is an abuse awareness and boundary training program for adults who will either be employed or volunteering in our schools or parishes and be around children on a regular basis. Virtus is a national program, widely in use in dioceses throughout the United States. It is a web-based on-line training program that specializes in helping churches and religious organizations create safe environments for children and youth. Live Virtus training sessions are also periodically held within the Diocese.
To take Virtus training, click here or contact Rob Westerman in the Human Resources office for further information at 989.732.5147.
Local Training Sessions:
The Diocese of Gaylord also holds various training sessions for employees and volunteers which include discussions of diocesan child protection policies, Michigan Child Protection Law, mandatory reporting, Offender Registry issues, background checks and identifying signs and symptoms of abuse and what to do if one suspects child abuse or neglect is occurring.
The diocese continues to be blessed with local agencies and law enforcement who partner with us to develop and provide these training experiences.
If you would like to have a training session offered in your area, please contact Rob Westerman in the Human Resources office at 989.732.5147.
Trainings for Youth
Circle of Grace:
The Diocese of Gaylord has implemented the "Circle of Grace" curriculum for use with children in our parishes and schools. All children enrolled in a Catholic school or Religious Education program within the Diocese are to receive training using the "Circle of Grace" curriculum annually. Materials have been furnished to each parish and school.
The Circle of Grace program was originally developed by the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Diocese of Gaylord has purchased rights to use the program.
All Circle of Grace materials are copyright protected and may not be distributed to others.
For more information, contact Rob Westerman in the Human Resources office at 989.732.5147.
Circle of Grace Resources: