VIRTUS – Safe Environment Program

by Stephanie Sanchez


Effective February 2015, the Diocese of Yakima has substantially changed the way it conducts training for its Safe Environment Program.  The training sessions on the Safe Environment Program is through the VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children Awareness Sessions.  Each Awareness Session will last 3 hours.  No one under the age of 18 will be allowed in the sessions.  You must pre-register with VIRTUS® before attending. Walk-in’s are permitted.  To register follow the registration instructions.
Online Virtus® Registration instructions.

View the eight-minute program introduction.

Starting February 2015, all people who work or volunteer within the Diocese of Yakima must attend a live VIRTUS session. If you have any questions concerning your VIRTUS account, please go on-line to look at your account information or discuss the matter with your local Safe Environment Coordinator.

Who has to attend a VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children Awareness Session?
All priests, deacons, and employees are required to complete the VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children Awareness Session. The training is also required for other ministers and volunteers who may have even occasional unsupervised ministry or contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults as part of their duties.

Where and when are training sessions held?
Awareness training sessions, called Protecting God’s Children for Adults, are being held across the Diocese by VIRTUS® trained facilitators.  To view a schedule of training sessions for the Diocese of Yakima, click here.  Select Yakima, WA (Diocese) from the drop-down list. You will also be able to pre-register for a training session at that time.  You must pre-register with VIRTUS® before attending. Walk-ins will however be permitted.

How do I register for a training session?
All priests, deacons, other ministers, employees, and volunteers must pre-register online for Protecting God’s Children for Adults by visiting the VIRTUS® website and select Registration.  Then select View a List of Sessions, and select Yakima, WA (Diocese).  You will then receive the most current schedule of upcoming sessions. To pre-register, click on Start Registration and type in a user id and password.  Next, just click on Continue to complete the registration process.

How do I register to attend a VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children Awareness Session if I don’t have internet access?
All members of the clergy, employees and adult volunteers must pre-register online. If you don’t have access to the internet, please call the parish or school where you work or volunteer. 





Training Registration Instructions (English) (Spanish)