Welcome to Gisella V. Schanil as the latest cerfified diocesan facilitator for Protecting God's Children Abuse Prevention Program.
Gisella brings many gifts, including years of teaching and experience working with children and youth. She brings many wonderful skills and a welcoming personality to our mission of training adults to protect children from sexual abuse.
Gisella was born in Lima, Peru and has five siblings. Gisella is happily married to John Schanil and lives in Fair Lawn, NJ.
Gisella works as a Director of Religious Education at Holy Trinity Church in Passaic for more than eight years.
As a Church leader, her ministry is focused on designing the Religious Education Program. Holy Trinity offers a bilingual program: English and Spanish for students from K to 10th grade as well as the sacramental preparation for receiving Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation.
Additionally, Gisella works as a Religion and World Language teacher at Queen of Peace High School in North Arlington, NJ. She has been teaching for almost twenty years and has experience at all levels: elementary, secondary, and higher education.
Her academic achievements are rooted in pedagogy, philosophy, and theology. She has earned a Master of Arts in Teaching at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, a Master Degree in Educational Management at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, a Bachelor Degree in Religious Education at Saint Mark National University in Lima, Peru. Gisella is a current graduate student in the Master of Arts in Religious Education Program at Felician College.
Child sexual abuse is a worldwide public health issue. Child abuse, particularly child sexual abuse, is reprehensible—especially when the wrongdoer is affiliated with the Church. The Diocese of Paterson uses the curriculum licensed from VIRTUS Protecting God's Children®.
Child abusers seek to operate and abuse their power within nurturing, child-friendly environments where it is assumed that nobody would want to harm a child. Religious organizations of all faiths are an easy target. The Protecting God's Children program implements safety mechanisms that send a message to all abusers and potential abusers:
By utilizing best practices for training and loss prevention, the Protecting God's Children program helps make churches safe for all people—especially children.
How Does It Work?
Maximizing a church's role as a child-safe environment begins with making adults more aware of the ways children and adults interact with each other. The Protecting God's Children program educates and trains adults (clergy, religious, teachers, staff, volunteers, and parents) about the dangers of abuse, the warning signs of abuse, the ways to prevent abuse, the methods of properly reporting suspicions of abuse, and responding to allegations of abuse.
Training Adults To Protect Children
The purpose of the training is to make adults working with children in the Church aware of how to protect children.
How Long is the Training Session?
Our Protecting God’s Children program for adults is a three-hour live program. This awareness session makes trainees understand the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and five empowerment steps one can use to prevent child sexual abuse.
Continuing online training is a valuable component of the Protecting God’s Children program for the continued awareness of child abuse.