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Safe Church, Safe Communities

Safe Church, Safe Communities
Published by Josh Hosler on Mon, Aug 15, 2022 10:12 AM
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At Good Shepherd, we are committed to train our leaders to maintain an environment safe from abuse. In August 2022, the Episcopal Church unveiled an updated online training called Safe Church, Safe Communities. The following leaders must take this course:

  • Clergy
  • Staff
  • Vestry members
  • Keyholders
  • Eucharistic visitors
  • All who work with children regularly

All told, it will take several hours to complete this new training regimen, though the modules can be spread out over time. Those whose previous training is still current do not need to take this now. The Good Shepherd office will contact you directly if you need to re-up or take the training for the first time. In the meantime, any and all are welcome to be trained; you can expect to find the training valuable for many reasons.

Here’s how to take these courses:

  • Go to https://www.praesidiumacademy.com/redeem.
  • Set up a membership on the site by filling in your contact information and your desired password. Enter the registration code specific to the Diocese of Olympia: reg-episdioceseofolympia-440-diocese
  • Click Validate. Click the checkbox to agree to the Terms & Conditions. Click Redeem.
  • Take note of your user login and password for future reference.
  • Answer the registration questions about your status and role with the church.
  • Click Save & Continue.
  • Scroll down to click on a specific course, or more easily, click on each link below:

1. Safe Church, Safe Communities – Universal Training: Introduction & Theological Background
2. Safe Church, Safe Communities – Universal Training: Inclusion
3. Safe Church, Safe Communities – Universal Training: Healthy Boundaries
4. Safe Church, Safe Communities – Universal Training: Organizational Rules & Policies
5. Safe Church, Safe Communities – Specialty Training: Power & Relationships
6. Safe Church, Safe Communities – Specialty Training: Pastoral Relationships
7. Safe Church, Safe Communities – Specialty Training: Bullying
8. Safe Church, Safe Communities – Specialty Training: Abuse and Neglect
9. Duty to Report: Mandated Reporter*

* Please note that the “Mandated Reporter” module contains videos that might be especially triggering to victims of abuse. It is OK to absorb the content of this module without watching the videos.

You are welcome to take any of the other available courses as well—not just those required of you.