When Faith Hurts: Equipping the church for faithful response to child abuse and its implications for congregational care.
The Julie Valentine Center’s “When Faith Hurts” Conference is October 12-14 at Furman University.
This conference prepares participants to recognize and respond to cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. Conference sessions will discuss in detail the impact of child abuse on a victim’s sense of spirituality and will offer concrete suggestions for working with medical and mental health professionals to assist a child in coping with maltreatment. Participants will learn ideal child protection policies for a faith based institution, including handling a situation in which a convicted sex offender seeks to join a congregation. The conference includes a review of various child abuse case scenarios and a discussion on appropriate and inappropriate responses.
The When Faith Hurts Conference has been approved for credit hours by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage, and Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists and VSP.
This is an important conference about how to recognize and respond to child abuse and sexual assault in church communities. More information and sign-ups can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-when-faith-hurts-conference-tickets-340051111027.