Safe Environment Training for Your Faith Community (SET Your Faith Community)

This course prepares students 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.

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.

Why this training is so important for every faith community

 

Join the growing number of schools, youth-serving organizations, healthcare and faith organizations that have hosted this important education!

Instructors

Victor Vieth

Director, Education and Research


Alison Feigh Director

Jacob Wetterling Resource Center


Pete Singer

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker


Agendas

Day One

TimeTitlePresenter
8:30 – 8:45 a.m.Opening and WelcomeEvent Coordinator
8:45 – 10:15 a.m.When Faith Hurts - Part OneVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.When Faith Hurts - Part TwoVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
12 – 1 p.m.Lunch
1 – 2:20 p.m.When Child Abuse Hits Home: Corporal Punishment, the Law and the Faith Community (includes time for discussion and feedback)Victor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
2:20 – 2:30 p.m.Break
2:30 – 3:50 p.m.Like a Footprint in Wet Cement: Understanding The Impact of Trauma on Children (includes time for discussion and feedback)Victor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
3:50 – 4 p.m.Break
4 – 5 p.m.Recognizing and Responding to Sexual Offenses Committed by ChildrenVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research

Day Two

TimeTitlePresenter
8:30 – 10 a.m.Implementing Personal Safety Training in Faith-Based InstitutionsAlison Feigh, program manager, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center 
10 – 10:15 a.m.Break
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.Cyber Challengers: Policies, Planning and Prevention - On-line Safety for Communities of FaithAlison Feigh, program manager, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
11:45 a.m.– 12 p.m.Discussion and Feedback
12 – 1 p.m.Lunch
1 – 2:30 p.m.Responding to Allegations of Child Abuse Within a Congregation Victor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
2:30 – 2:45 p.m.Discussion and FeedbackVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
2:45 – 2:55 p.m.Break
2:55 – 4:25 p.m.Small group exercises Victor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
4:25 – 4:45 p.m.Discussion of small group exercises and closingVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research and Alison Feigh, Director, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

Day One

TimeTitlePresenter
8:30 – 8:45 a.m.Opening and WelcomeEvent Coordinator
8:45 – 10:15 a.m.When Faith Hurts - Part OneVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.When Faith Hurts - Part TwoVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
12 – 1 p.m.Lunch
1 – 2:20 p.m.When Child Abuse Hits Home: Corporal Punishment, the Law and the Faith Community (includes time for discussion and feedback)Victor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
2:20 – 2:30 p.m.Break
2:30 – 3:50 p.m.Like a Footprint in Wet Cement: Understanding The Impact of Trauma on Children (includes time for discussion and feedback)Victor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
3:50 – 4 p.m.Break
4 – 5 p.m.Recognizing and Responding to Sexual Offenses Committed by ChildrenVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research

Day Two

TimeTitlePresenter
8:30 – 10 a.m.Implementing Personal Safety Training in Faith-Based InstitutionsAlison Feigh, Director, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center 
10 – 10:15 a.m.Break
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.Cyber Challengers: Policies, Planning and Prevention – On-line Safety for Communities of FaithAlison Feigh, Director, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
11:45 a.m.– 12 p.m.Discussion and Feedback
12 – 1 p.m.Lunch
1 – 2:30 p.m.The Use and Misuse of Scripture in Counseling Maltreated ChildrenVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
2:30 – 2:40 p.m.Break
2:40 – 3:40 p.m.Help for the Helper: Understanding and Responding to Vicarious TraumaAlison Feigh, Director, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
3:40 – 3:50 p.m.Break
3:50 – 4:50 p.m.Keeping the Faith: A Call for Collaboration between Faith and Child Protective CommunitiesVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
4:50 – 5 p.m.Discussion and FeedbackVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research

Day Three

TimeTitlePresenter
8:30 – 10 a.m.Responding to Allegations of Child Abuse Within a CongregationVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research 
10 – 10:15 a.m.Break
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.Small group exercisesVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
11:45 a.m.– 12 p.m.Discussion of small group exercises and closingVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research

Day One

TimeTitlePresenter
8:30 – 8:45 a.m.Opening and WelcomeEvent Coordinator
8:45 – 10:15 a.m.When Faith Hurts - Part OneVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.When Faith Hurts - Part TwoVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
12 – 1 p.m.Lunch
1 – 2:20 p.m.When Child Abuse Hits Home: Corporal Punishment, the Law and the Faith Community (includes time for discussion and feedback)Victor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
2:20 – 2:30 p.m.Break
2:30 – 3:50 p.m.Like a Footprint in Wet Cement: Understanding The Impact of Trauma on Children (includes time for discussion and feedback)Victor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
3:50 – 4 p.m.Break
4 – 5 p.m.Recognizing and Responding to Sexual Offenses Committed by ChildrenVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research

Day Two

TimeTitlePresenter
8:30 – 10 a.m.Implementing Personal Safety Training in Faith-Based InstitutionsAlison Feigh, Director, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center 
10 – 10:15 a.m.Break
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.Cyber Challengers: Policies, Planning and Prevention – On-line Safety for Communities of FaithAlison Feigh, Director, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
11:45 a.m.– 12 p.m.Discussion and Feedback
12 – 1 p.m.Lunch
1 – 2:30 p.m.The Use and Misuse of Scripture in Counseling Maltreated ChildrenVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
2:30 – 2:45 p.m.Break
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.Help for the Helper: Understanding and Responding to Vicarious TraumaAlison Feigh, Director, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.Keeping the Faith: A Call for Collaboration between Faith and Child Protective CommunitiesVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
4:45 – 5 p.m.Discussion and FeedbackVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research

Day Three

TimeTitlePresenter
8:30 – 10 a.m.Addressing Emotional and Spiritual InjuriesPete Singer, licensed independent clinical social worker 
10 – 10:15 a.m.Break
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.Care in Action: A Collaboration between Faith and Child Protective CommunitiesPete Singer, licensed independent clinical social worker 
11:45 a.m.– 12 p.m.Discussion amd FeedbackPete Singer, licensed independent clinical social worker 
12 – 1 p.m.Lunch
1 – 2:35 p.m.Responding to Allegations of Child Abuse Within a Congregation (includes time for discussion)Victor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
2:35 – 2:45 p.m.Break
2:45 – 4:15 p.m.Small Group Exercises Victor Vieth, Director of Education and Research
4:15 – 4:30 p.m.Discussion of small group exercises and closingVictor Vieth, Director of Education and Research