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VIRTUS Safe Environment Program

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The VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children for Adults Workshop (PGCA) is a 3-hour session including 2 videos and facilitated discussions focusing on the prevention of abuse and the protection of children. Participants learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms that an adult is a potential risk of harm to children and how to know that a child is being abused or exploited in some way. In addition, they will learn about steps that the faith community can take to create a safe environment for all God’s children and how to respond when adults behave in a way that raises concerns. This workshop credit is valid for 5 years. After 5 years employees/volunteers will need to take the VIRTUS Keeping the Promise Alive Refresher Workshop.

Keeping the Promise Alive for Adults Refresher Workshop 
Keeping the Promise Alive is a 1.5 hour session with 1 video that is taken by employees/volunteers after 5 years of taking the Protecting God’s Children® program. It provides ongoing awareness for the prevention of child sexual abuse. The material covered in Keeping the Promise Alive is designed to identify and reinforce the lessons of the original Protecting God’s Children program by clarifying some of the more challenging aspects of the sessions and strengthening the participants’ ability to recognize risky adults in their environments and take action to intervene in potentially threatening situations.

For questions email our VIRTUS coordinator.

Taking VIRTUS for the 1st Time

PGCA Workshop Schedule & Registration
The workshops are scheduled monthly at various parishes and locations across the Archdiocese. In order to attend a workshop, complete the following steps:

  1. To view a schedule of upcoming PGCA workshops and pre-register: Go to www.virtus.org  Note: Make sure that you sign up for the class called Protecting God's Children and not the refresher class.
  2. Click on the yellow “Registration” link in the left margin
  3. Select 2nd item – View a list of sessions
  4. Select your organization – “Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston”
  5. View available sessions then click “Begin Registration” at the top of the page
  6. If you take the class at a parish other than St. B's, please email us and let us know the location and date.  Email the VIRTUS Coordinator
Refresher:  Keeping The Promise Alive  Workshop Schedule and Registration (Only to be taken 5 years after completion of a PGCA session)

  1. Go to www.virtus.org
  2. Log into your account (You will have an account because you have already completed Virtus PGCA Workshop).  If you don't remember your account information email our VIRTUS coordinator.
  3. Go to TOOLBOX tab
  4. Click on Code of Conduct. Sign your electronic volunteer code of conduct by clicking (Yes, I understand) it will then show the date you agreed.
  5. Sign your electronic background check. Please click (Yes, I agree), list any maiden, previous marriage names and enter your date of birth in the correct format.
  6. Update your account information such as (address, email, parish or school location)
  7. Pre-register for a Keeping the Promise Alive refresher training by clicking on Instructor-led Training
  8. After selecting Instructor-led training, you will then click (If you would like to register for additional upcoming training sessions click here)
  9. Scroll through the list and select the training you would like to attend.
  10. Once you select your session scroll to the bottom of the page and click Submit Registration
  11. Note: Retaking the full class Protecting God's Children will count for the refresher.
  12. If you take the class at a parish other than St. B's, please email us and let us know the location and date.  Email the VIRTUS Coordinator