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

July 27, 2020 - July 29, 2020

  • Basic: 2 -Day Course
  • Advanced: 1 -Day Course (Regular 2-day course prerequisite).
  • Basic+ Advanced: 3-Day Course

July 27 & 28th (Basic): 8:00am-5:00pm

July 29th (Advanced) 8:00am-5:00pm

$50 to $200, depending on # of days


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.

NEW! Keeping Faith: Advanced Workshop (1-Day)

This course is designed for faith and child protection leaders who have completed Zero Abuse Project’s two day Keeping Faith course. Attendees receive instruction on preventing abuse in vulnerable populations including children with disabilities and sexual and gender minority youth. There is also an in-depth workshop on the sexual behaviors of youth and a detailed exploration of the cognitive distortions of adult sex offenders. Workshop includes discussion and interaction with case scenarios to assist the attendees in applying the information received to their respective professions.

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

***Group Discount: Buy 4 registrations get the 5th registration free. When selecting this option for purchase, the cost of 5 tickets is set to equal the cost of four full registrations and one free registration. 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: The group discount does not apply to the advanced course. If your group wishes to attend the advanced course, please purchase 5 Advanced Course ONLY tickets in addition to your discounted basic course tickets.

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.

** To pay for your registration by credit card, you must select pay using “PayPal” and it will take you to the option to select the credit card processing page.**