The Samaritan Counseling Center’s mission begins and ends with people and our community.

Seminary Intensive

The Seminary intensive is a 5 day, 32 hour adult education module that expands our 3 day SafeChurch Facilitator training to incorporate time for theological discussion, dynamic role play to simulate the multiple points of view and dynamics that arise when focusing on child sexual abuse in a church setting, and development of an awareness raising worship service. The ecumenical module is designed for ordained and non-ordained leaders, and equips them to facilitate the one year Samaritan SafeChurch program in a “cluster” of 5-7 churches in their community/judicatory; or in their own congregation.

Each Intensive is hosted and sponsored by a Seminary committed to offering continuing education on religious response to sexual violence as part of ethical best practices in ministry; and willing to engage with local secular community organizations such as Child Protection agencies, Survivor organizations, and counselors. The Seminary is responsible for organizing the training, recruiting participants, collecting training fees, providing training space, and reimbursing the Samaritan SafeChurch facilitator for travel and lodging expenses. An individual associated with the Seminary is required to be present with the Samaritan facilitator during the entire training, and will assist with leading discussions, theological reflection, and supporting participant design of a worship service.

Samaritan SafeChurch is supported by a Just Beginnings Collaborative grant as part of their national Ending Child Sexual Abuse initiative. Each participant receives material valued at $450 to equip them to facilitate SafeChurch; the Samaritan fee for training and material (up to 20 participants) is $175 per person.

For more details, see SafeChurch Seminary Intensive Description. For Seminary responsibilities and cost, see Seminary Sponsor Responsibilities.

SafeChurch Focus

Building. . .

a faith-based movement to end Child Sexual Abuse

Moving. . .

beyond first generation “safe church policies and training” to shifting culture to inspire and equip adults to protect children from sexual harm in church and community

Connecting. . .

with others sharing a vision where people of faith take leadership to end the conditions that allow one in four girls and one in six boys to be sexually abused

Engaging. . .

survivors as sources of wisdom and leaders

Partnering. . .

with the Just Beginnings Collaborative to End Child Sexual Abuse