When Faith Hurts: Equipping the Church for Faithful Response to Child Abuse and Its Implications for Congregational Care
A Conference for All Church Staff and Leadership
The Julie Valentine Center is pleased to invite you to attend When Faith Hurts. We are excited to bring Victor Vieth, the Senior Director and Founder of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center, to Greenville to conduct the training.
This training will prepare attendees to recognize and respond to cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. We will discuss the prevalence of child abuse, the impact of abuse on spirituality, the interest offenders have in churches and faith-based camps and schools, and will offer suggestions for working to assist a child in coping with maltreatment. The training will also discuss ideal child protection policies for a faith based institution, including handling a situation in which a convicted sex offender seeks to join a congregation.
Meet Our Keynote Speaker:
Victor Vieth, J.D.Founder & Senior Director, Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC)
Victor Vieth serves as the Executive Director of the Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), a state of the art training complex located on the campus of Winona State University (WSU). NCPTC includes five moot court rooms, four forensic interview rooms and a “mock house” in which to conduct simulated child abuse investigations. NCPTC staff provides intensive instruction for undergraduate students and current professionals in the field on how to better recognize, react, and respond to children who are being abused. The Center trains approximately 15,000 child protection professionals each year.
Mr. Vieth has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories, and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention. He gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota. He has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association named him one of the “21 Young Lawyers Leading us Into the 21st Century.” Mr. Vieth has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.
Mr. Vieth has published countless articles related to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect. He is author of Unto the Third Generation, a bold initiative that outlines the necessary steps we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations.
Mr. Vieth graduated magna cum laude from WSU and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law (HUSL). While studying at HUSL, he received the American Jurisprudence award for achievement in the study of Constitutional law and served as editor-in chief of the Law Review.
Victor Vieth is an internationally recognized expert on child abuse who has done extensive work with faith communities throughout the United States and in 22 countries. This work includes service on the board of directors of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) and Sacred Spaces. He has also developed several national faith based ministries including Freedom for the Captives. Mr. Vieth is a graduate of Wartburg Theological Seminary where his studies concentrated on the intersection between the faith and the child protection communities. He is the author of a number of theological works focusing on addressing the spiritual needs of survivors of abuse.
- The impact of child abuse on a victim's sense of spirituality and concrete suggestions for working with medical and mental health professionals to assist a child in coping with maltreatment.
- Ideal child protection policies for a faith-based institution, including handling a situation in which a convicted sex offender seeks to join a congregation.
- Review of various child abuse case scenarios and appropriate and inappropriate responses.
Clergy, church staff, chaplains, youth ministers, children’s ministers, deacons, elders, faith leaders, Christian counselors, Stephen ministers, Christian camp directors and staff, and other members of a faith community who may work with children or families impacted by child abuse.
Dates: October 3-5, 2018
Location: Fellowship Greenville
3161 South Carolina 14
Greenville, SC 29615
For additional information contact Carrie Nettles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-331-0560 ext.230