Abuse Prevention Education: Darkness 2 Light
If you feel naive about child sexual abuse, you’re not alone. It’s a complex problem with multiple layers. Few are experts. That said, it’s highly likely that someone you know or care for, has or is experiencing child sexual abuse. If you’re a faith leader who works with children, it’s going to happen whether you are prepared to deal with it or not. You are a front line responder.
Beyond boundary training and safe church policies it’s critical for churches to learn the facts, minimize the opportunity, see the signs and act restoratively. None of us wants to stand by and watch another person victimize a child. Nobody should be victimized while we stand by and watch. When a child discloses, when we discover abuse or have reason to suspect it, we must act. Less a legal duty to report, its a moral imperative. When we call ourselves sanctuaries we assume a posture of public trust. When we open our doors we put our integrity on the line to safeguard children.
Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children, is a nationally recognized, evidenced based sexual abuse prevention curriculum. This training teaches adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. A 2.5-3 hour presentation, it includes videos, an interactive workbook and group discussion. Recommended for professionals, schools, churches and faith based organizations. Trainings are are no less than 10, no more than 30 persons. Professional CEU's are offered. For more:
Clergy Ethics & Cutting Edge Boundaries for the 21st C Church
We live in a world of sexual fluidity and ethical ambiguity which contributes to blurred boundaries. There’s a trace of good in evil and a trace of evil in good. In a Postmodern Age words like values, faithfulness, integrity and even civility are up for grabs. This changing landscape challenges our call as Christian leaders “to be holy even as I am holy,” echoed in the scriptures. It begs the question what does it mean when clergy are required to take boundary training? How do we speak credibly to ethics in a pluralistic society and a culture of shifting norms? Are boundaries no longer relevant? Or should we shift the focus in training to strengthening internal boundaries with interior sprituality rather than a list of 'do's' and 'don'ts?'
Dr. Beverly Weinhold, DMin, MEd, LMHC, LPCC, CCMHC
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