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Adventist Learning Community
1.0 CEU

Sexual Abuse - Reclaiming Hope

Course Summary

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.

What do I need to know?

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.

What will I learn in this course?

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.

About the Instructor

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.


Joe Ann
21 days ago
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The modules are informative and very helpful not only to administrators and workers of the church. However, may these informations will be open to all members of the church worldwide even in areas (shame and honor culture) where it is considered "taboo" ... Read More

24 days ago
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great course very much detail and information and good eye opener

a month ago
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This course opens my eyes to how broken we are a human beings and without a deep intimate relationship with the Creator God and His purpose for us, we are miserably lost. I am so sadden to hear about this sin in our church. I agree all who work with vulne... Read More

2 months ago
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The course was cogent and clear. I felt the information was practical and provided useful insights to help an individual navigate situations like these, as well as, give pastors or lay members the clearest conception of one's duty.

Maria Cristina
2 months ago
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For me this was a journey of uncovering needs and problemas, acquiring knowledge I didn't have before on the topic and understanding how much I still need to study about it. As I went through all the modules I was able to find options I didn't know exis... Read More

Adventist Learning Community
1.0 CEU
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Self-paced course