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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.


23 days ago
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One of the best courses on ALC! Wish I had this material years ago when clergy sexual misconduct happened with my associate pastor and a member within the church. Would have been better able to have led the congregation through that difficult time as we... Read More

a month ago
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Was very informative, I’m happy the church has a standard procedure to help leaders handle theses challenges.

3 months ago
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4 months ago
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An excellent course! However, a concern I have is that is is unfortunately clouded by the number of spelling/grammar mistakes, both in the lesson text/transcripts and the quizzes. At times in the text and transcripts, what is written is the opposite of wh... Read More

4 months ago
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This was a great course.

1.0 CEU
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