MK SAFETY NET CONFERENCE - April 18-21, 2013
Advocacy Summit Sessions April 18 and 19, 2013
• Reporting Abuse to Civil Authorities – Thursday, 2:00 p.m. - Basyle “Boz” Tchividjian, JD and Rev. Dale and Faith Ingraham
This session will address the many challenges and complications with reporting abuse perpetrated on the mission field to the proper legal authorities. We will discuss the various reporting considerations and methods needed to insure the greatest likelihood of achieving justice.
• Initiating In-depth Investigations – Thursday, 3:45 p.m. - Boz Tchividjian, JD
Here we will outline the most effective steps victims and families can take to ensure that past abuse is addressed in a truthful and transparent manner. We will address the many difficulties associated with this process, along with providing suggestions on how each can be successfully resolved.
Networking Session for Summit Participants who work in various capacities within the MK community Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
• Using Media – Friday, 8:45 a.m. - David Clohessy
This workshop will focus on how talking to the media can not only help victims heal, but also protect others. Practical “how-to’s” will be provided as well as role-playing. David will teach skills that will help get journalists’ attention, motivate volunteers, stay on message and reach/help other survivors .
• Reporting Abuse to Supporting Churches So They Will Take Action - Friday, 10:30 a.m. - Melodie Bissell, D.M. Candidate
How does a survivor of abuse, effectively share their story of abuse with Church leaders, funders and influencers, with a desired outcome of enlisting support to advocate for far-reaching reform within the mission community? This workshop will provide attendees practical strategies towards gaining the support of influencers and Church leaders.
MK Safety Net Conference Sessions April 19-21, 2013
• The Unexpected Journey – Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Key Note Address – Wm Paul Young; author The Shack and Cross Roads.
• Journey Towards Wholeness – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - Key Note Address – Beverly Shellrude Thompson
• Cutting Through the Challenges of Institutional Centered MIssions - Saturday, 9:45 a.m. - Boz Tchividjian, JD - See here
This session will focus on the dangers of institutional self-protection as it relates to how many Christian institutions respond to abuse disclosures and demands for independent reviews. Common methods of “Christianized” institutional self-protection will be highlighted along with accompanying strategies on how each can be successfully addressed.
• Impact on Family Systems, Saturday 10:45 a.m. - Dr. Bob Campbell - See here
The impact of childhood trauma is deep, but it is also wide – the entire family of the survivor is affected. This presentation will explore the many ways that family dynamics are shifted by the events of the past. The presentation will then focus on how to begin to heal family relationships, with breakout groups offered to provide a way to discuss individual situations.
• Spirit Journey – Abuse of Theology and How to Overcome Destructive Messages – 1:00 p.m. - Dr. Andrew Schmutzer
Victims of sexual abuse face many difficult challenges. Generally the spiritual side of trauma and healing is not adequately addressed. Theologian and survivor Dr. Andrew J. Schmutzer unpacks some common destructive spiritual messages survivors often face and offers constructive ways to reclaim one’s spiritual journey with Jesus Christ, who also suffered.
• Healing and Modalities of Therapy – 1:45 p.m. - Dr. Bob Campbell -
The current research on post-traumatic stress is evolving. This presentation will look at different kinds of stressors, and discuss a variety of therapies that are available for each. It will also provide some practical tools that can be used to reduce the severity of several common psychological and physical symptoms.
Breakout Sessions – 3:15 to 5:15
• Use of Media - David Clohessy
This workshop will focus on how talking to the media can not only help victims heal, but also protect others. Practical “how-to’s” will be provided as well as role-playing. David will teach skills that will help get journalists’ attention, motivate volunteers, stay on message and reach/help other survivors (even if the victim chooses to remain anonymous.)
• Accessing Your Body's Wisdom: New Alternative Therapies - Dr. Lois Kunkel, Bill Berry, and Teresa Lea
Participants will gain an understanding and have the opportunity to experience how Body-Centered approaches bring wholeness and healing back to the Body/Mind after the Trauma of Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Abuse.
• Student to Student Abuse
Douglas Withrow, Therapist
During this session we will examine the developmental, emotional, social and relational factors of abuse. We will explore what is involved in healing for adults who were victims and offenders of abuse. We will identify ways to stop the cycle of abuse and share strategies for confronting abuse.
• Legal Options in US Jurisdiction/Canada/Other - Jerald Kessler, JD and Marc Pearlman, JD., Basyle “Boz” Tchividjian, JD
This presentation will include both litigation and mediation as two possible options open to survivors. It will focus on the journey of survivors and the legal options survivors have in an effort to: 1) protect children and other vulnerable people from harm in the future; 2) find healing by reclaiming control and power over their lives; and 3) hold those responsible for the abuse accountable.
Panel Discussion – Sunday, 8:45 – 10:30a.m.
• Spirit Journey - Rev. Dr. Rich Darr, Moderator
Panel Members: Dianne Couts, Beverly Shellrude Thompson, Rachel Steffen, Boz Tchividjian and Wm Paul Young will talk about their spiritual journeys, reflecting a breadth of spirituality. The discussion will include group interaction and an open mic session.