Director of Education and Consultation
Linda joined Samaritan Counseling Center, Lancaster PA in 2003 and serves as Director of Education and Consultation, including Samaritan’s SafeChurch and Clergy & Congregation Care programs. She is a state certified sexual assault advocate, nationally certified coach, trainer, and consultant. Linda is trained in family systems, adaptive change, organizational intelligence, and Appreciative Inquiry, and uses these approaches in her work on a broad range of issues.
An area of specialty is preventing, and responding to, child sexual abuse. Linda designed Samaritan SafeChurch in 2011 with support from the Ms. Foundation for Women to deepen her on-going work with faith communities on child sexual abuse prevention. Over the last five years, the 11 month SafeChurch process has been facilitated in about 50 local faith communities, impacting over 10,000 adults and 7,000 children. In 2014, she developed a national model for training facilitators and SafeChurch is now offered in select communities in several states. She blogs at www.samaritansafechurch.org and engages faith communities, survivors and allies on ending child sexual abuse through social movement building and culture shift work.
Her first book “The Deepest Wound: How a Journey to El Salvador Led to Healing from Mother-Daughter Incest” (Writer’s Showcase) was published in 2001. As a church volunteer and activist, she accompanied refugees and survivors of torture during the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s, working with church and human rights organizations. The book includes her personal narrative of childhood sexual abuse, intertwined with the violence experienced by the Salvadoran people. The Deepest Wound was awarded first place in the “Life Stories” category in by Writer’s Digest in March 2003. The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling recommends its use in seminary and graduate school classrooms, and by therapists and pastoral care providers. She also contributed to Render Unto God: Economic Vulnerability, Family Violence and Pastoral Theology (Chalice Press, 2002; Poling, James; Ruiz, Brenda; Crockett, Linda), a cross cultural economic analysis of sexual abuse and domestic violence.
Linda can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 717-560-9991.