On September 29-30, 2017, InFaith Community Foundation is offering Safe & Healthy Churches Training: Ending Family Violence, a free two-day training in the Austin, Texas area facilitated by FaithTrust Institute. This training is designed to help Christian pastors and lay leaders understand the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and the ramifications of violence and trauma on individuals, the church and our shared community. The Safe & Healthy Churches Training also equips churches to develop trauma-informed protocols to protect victims, prevent future harm, and respond effectively and sensitively to victims/survivors, their families and abusers.
By utilizing a team approach, this training will address issues facing the entire church, as well as issues particular to individuals serving in leadership roles. Three break-out sessions will address these specific issues:
- Domestic Violence Response: Trauma-Informed Pastoral Care
- Child Abuse Prevention & Response
- Healthy Teen Relationships
The training is fully sponsored by InFaith Community Foundation as part of their initiative to end family violence. InFaith is generously covering all expenses for attendees (including one night's hotel) as a means to further individual Christian church responses to family violence, and also reinforce an ecumenical response within the region. Churches from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth, and surrounding areas, are invited.