Keeping Faith: Empowering Faith Communities to Recognize & Respond to...

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Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

2021 East Hennepin Avenue

Suite 360

Minneapolis, MN 55413

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Keeping Faith: Empowering the Faith Community to Recognize and Respond to Child Abuse

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2 Day Course!

Dec 9th: 8:30am-5:00pm

Dec 10th: 8:30am-5:00pm

This course empowers faith communities to recognize and respond to cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. Included are discussions detailing the impact of child abuse on a victim's sense of spirituality and offering concrete suggestions for working with medical and mental health professionals to assist a child in coping with maltreatment. The course also discusses ideal child protection policies for a faith-based institution, including handling a situation in which a convicted sex offender seeks to join a congregation. A review of various child abuse case scenarios and a discussion on appropriate and inappropriate responses allows for real-life problem-solving and feedback.

Why is this training important for every faith community?

  • 93% of sex offenders describe themselves as being 'religious'
  • 20% of 2864 church leaders knew of at least one convicted sex offender who was attending or was a member of their church (Christianity Today 2010)
  • Child abuse Survivor Quote: "I went online to every faith community in my area trying to find a place in which I felt safe to worship. None of them gave me any information about safety policies in their community so I just gave up trying."

Intended Audience

Clergy, chaplains, youth ministers, faith leaders, counselors and other members of a faith community who may work with children or families impacted by child abuse.

Presented by:

  • Victor Vieth, Director Education and Research, Zero Abuse Project
  • Alison Feigh, Director, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
  • Peter Singer, Founding Director, Care in Action Minnesota

To view the full agenda for both days, click here.

***Group Discount: Buy 4 registrations get the 5th registration free. Must purchase all registrations at the same time. Group registrations are not eligible for cancellation or refund (substitutions for registered participants may be made at any time). NOTE: it is only necessary to enter the additional registrant's information once on the registration form!***

Cancellation Policy: A $75.00 cancellation fee will be imposed for cancellations made up to 3 working days prior to a scheduled training - no refunds are allowed less than 3 working days prior to a scheduled training. If available, a registration transfer to another scheduled training within 6 months may be made for a $25.00 administrative fee.

Parking: Parking is both ample and free in the surface lot directly in front of the building

Accessibility: Building is fully accessible with automatic door openers on the main entrance and on restrooms; building has two elevators. Please notify us if special seating accommodations are needed.

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