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.
Excellent presentation. I applaud the 7th Day Adventist church for hosting this free online. I've searched many websites and many have online position papers about what should be done about showing support for victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence... Read More
It was overall a good course, however many of the required reading links were no longer found.
The course was very enlightening and thorough. While it revealed instances where the church pastors and administration failed to take appropriate action in cases where sexual abuse was reported, it also showed how our Church is actively trying to ensure ... Read More
Great course. Hope a lot me people will do it.