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

A training of Gundersen NCPTC’s Chaplains for Children Programming

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

Sex offenders report themselves as being “religious”
Church leaders who knew of an offender
Child abuse survivor quote

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

Children's Adocacy Centers of Miss.
First Witness CAC
Viterbo University

Agendas

Two Day

Day One

TimeTitlePresenter
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Opening and Welcome Event Coordinator
8:45 – 10:15 a.m. When Faith Hurts - Part One Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. When Faith Hurts - Part Two Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
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, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
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, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
3:50 – 4 p.m. Break
4 – 5 p.m. Recognizing and Responding to Sexual Offenses Committed by Children Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC

Day Two

TimeTitlePresenter
8:30 – 10 a.m. Implementing Personal Safety Training in Faith-Based Institutions Alison 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 Faith Alison 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, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Discussion and Feedback Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
2:45 – 2:55 p.m. Break
2:55 – 4:25 p.m. Small group exercises Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
4:25 – 4:45 p.m. Discussion of small group exercises and closing Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC and Alison Feigh, program manager, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

Two And a Half Day

Day One

TimeTitlePresenter
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Opening and Welcome Event Coordinator
8:45 – 10:15 a.m. When Faith Hurts - Part One Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. When Faith Hurts - Part Two Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
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, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
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, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
3:50 – 4 p.m. Break
4 – 5 p.m. Recognizing and Responding to Sexual Offenses Committed by Children Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC

Day Two

TimeTitlePresenter
8:30 – 10 a.m. Implementing Personal Safety Training in Faith-Based Institutions Alison 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 Faith Alison 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. The Use and Misuse of Scripture in Counseling Maltreated Children Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
2:30 – 2:40 p.m. Break
2:40 – 3:40 p.m. Help for the Helper: Understanding and Responding to Vicarious Trauma Alison Feigh, program manager, 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 Communities Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
4:50 – 5 p.m. Discussion and Feedback Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC

Day Three

TimeTitlePresenter
8:30 – 10 a.m. Responding to Allegations of Child Abuse Within a Congregation Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC 
10 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Small group exercises Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
11:45 a.m.– 12 p.m. Discussion of small group exercises and closing Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC

Three Day

Day One

TimeTitlePresenter
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Opening and Welcome Event Coordinator
8:45 – 10:15 a.m. When Faith Hurts - Part One Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. When Faith Hurts - Part Two Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
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, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
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, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
3:50 – 4 p.m. Break
4 – 5 p.m. Recognizing and Responding to Sexual Offenses Committed by Children Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC

Day Two

TimeTitlePresenter
8:30 – 10 a.m. Implementing Personal Safety Training in Faith-Based Institutions Alison 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 Faith Alison 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. The Use and Misuse of Scripture in Counseling Maltreated Children Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Help for the Helper: Understanding and Responding to Vicarious Trauma Alison Feigh, program manager, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Keeping the Faith: A Call for Collaboration between Faith and Child Protective Communities Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
4:45 – 5 p.m. Discussion and Feedback Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC

Day Three

TimeTitlePresenter
8:30 – 10 a.m. Addressing Emotional and Spiritual Injuries Pete 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 Communities Pete Singer, licensed independent clinical social worker 
11:45 a.m.– 12 p.m. Discussion amd Feedback Pete 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, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
2:35 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 4:15 p.m. Small Group Exercises  Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC
4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Discussion of small group exercises and closing Victor Vieth, JD, founder and senior director, Gundersen NCPTC

1Abel, G., & Harlow, N. (2001). The stop child molestation book. Bloomington, IN: Xlibris Publishing

2Marian V. Liautaud, Sex Offenders Coming to Church Near You, CHRISTIANITY TODAY (posted online 10/25/10)

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