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

Pastoral Care of Victims and Offenders

A half-day training for clergy (recommended for clergy groups, ministeriums, judicatories and districts)

We know from extensive research that violence in the family occurs without regard for race, economic status, profession, or religious affiliation. We are as likely to find victims – and perpetrators – in our congregation as anywhere else. And herein lays the problem for most religious leaders: Many times, both victim and offender are congregants. In this training for clergy, the practical and the pastoral agenda are synergized while prioritizing safety and healing for the victim, and accountability and repentance for the offender. The session includes case studies on intimate partner violence and child sexual abuse, as well as a focus on ethical, legal and pastoral responsibilities. Attention is also given to the impact of the clergy person’s own experiences of or exposure to trauma when engaging with victims and perpetrators.

For more information, contact Linda Crockett, Director of Clergy & Congregation Care, at 717.560.9991 or email Linda

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