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The purpose of the 6-module course is to explore multiple aspects of sexual abuse including awareness, prevention, recognition, protection, investigation, advocacy, responsibilities, organizational supports, healing, and structural approaches to stem the tide of unfortunate and criminal activities within the Seventh-day Adventist faith community. Unfortunately, abuse, harassment, and misconduct happen. Much of this takes place with our most vulnerable faith community members, our children, and young adults. As a church organization, we are taking a stand to stop sexual abuse. There are many things that can be done to limit or stop these types of incidents in your faith community. But the first step is talking about it.
After completing this course you will earn 1 CEU and a certificate of completion in your Adventist Learning Community e-portfolio. After completing this course for continuing education credit, you may re-enroll in the course for the purposes of resource retrieval, but not earn any additional CEUs.
You will learn vital components of dealing with harassment and sexual abuse and discover empowering approaches to curb this type of behavior in your faith community. In addition, you will discover remediation and healing strategies to reclaim hope for sexual abuse victims and their faith communities. This course provides an extensive library of relevant resources in every module.
Grace Mackintosh is Legal Counsel and Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada. She has worked as legal counsel with Miller Thomson LLP in Calgary, Alberta representing clients with respect to constitutional, government, and human rights law. Grace also served at the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission for three years where she developed human rights policy and made public presentations on behalf of the Commission. She has been involved in several religious freedom public awareness projects addressing national and international issues. Grace has 3 lovely daughters and lives in Lindsay, Ontario.
Coming from a different division on our church, this course it's an eye opener to so many areas we need to work on. I pray that God will give me the wisdom and compassion to take care of the flock He has appointed to us, thank you so much for all the help... Read More
excellent course, already shared points with my Pastor to consider with new members and current members. He agreed.
This course was amazing. It is very thorough, practical and direct. I found it to be instructional, informative and inspiring. It will help me to be more vigilant in the fight against sexual abuse wherever it is found, especially in the church and the f... Read More
Providing pastoral support to victims and survivors of sexual abuse in the church has been my most painful experience as a Pastor. Keeping children and the vulnerable safe from sexual abuse is the vigilant, sensitive work of all Pastors and church members... Read More
I really enjoyed understanding procedures and protocol in the events.