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 Director of Education and Research for the Zero Abuse Project, 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., M.Th.
Director of Education and Research, Zero Abuse Project (ZAP)
Victor 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.
Victor gained national recognition for his work in addressing child
abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota, and
has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American
Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. In 2012, Victor was
awarded the Pro Humanitate Award from the North American
Resource Center for Child Welfare.
Victor is the Director of Education and Research of the Zero Abuse Project, a 501©(3) public charity based
in St Paul, MN, committed to education, training, and survivor support in order to eradicate child sex abuse
and remedy its resulting harms. He is the 2018 President of the Academy on Violence & Abuse, and founder
of the National Child Protection Training Center. With NCPTC and its partners, Victor 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 graduated magna cum laude from WSU and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University
School of Law (HUSL). In 2017, Victor earned an MA in theology from Wartburg Seminary. 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, and On This Rock: A Call to Center
the Christian Response to Child Abuse on the Life and Works of Jesus (Wiff & Stock 2018).
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: September 30-October 2, 2019
Location: First Baptist Greenville
847 Cleveland St
Greenville, SC 29601
Continuing Education Credits are approved for Licensed Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists. CEUs pending for Victim Service Providers and social workers.
For additional information contact Carrie Nettles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-331-0560 ext.230