When Faith Hurts: Effective MDT Responses to the Spiritual Impact of Child Abuse

October 6, 2022

FREE Webinar
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET
90-minute presentation 
CLE: 1.50 Credit

In honor of National Faith and Blue Weekend, NDAA and Zero Abuse Project are partnering to help support and reinforce the importance of collaboration between law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve.  Many maltreated children are spiritually impacted by abuse and require a coordination of medical, mental health, and spiritual care. This presentation will examine the research and explore creative reforms for bringing faith and child protection communities together to protect children and address their needs. The workshop also explores how MDTs can recognize and respond to spiritual injuries before, during and after the forensic interview.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Receive an overview of research on the spiritual impact of child abuse.
  2. Learn to recognize spiritual injuries and to address this dynamic before, during and after a forensic interview.
  3. Learn best practice for coordinating medical, mental health, and spiritual care.
  4. Learn of potential benefits to adding a chaplain to a CAC or an MDT.


Presented by:
Victor Vieth
Director, Education and Research, Zero Abuse Project

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Continuing Legal Education Credits: 1.50 hour

NDAA has applied for CLE credit in Tennessee and Virginia based on state requirements and guidelines. All other attorneys seeking CLE credit should contact their state bar for more information. At the conclusion of the course and after completion of the electronic evaluation survey, all attendees will receive a uniform continuing education certificate that they may use to report their continuing education hours to their state bar or reporting agency. Questions regarding CLE can be directed to Project Coordinator, Courtney Jan at cjan@ndaajustice.org.

This course is suitable for all prosecutors (state and local, federal, military, and tribal).  It is also suitable for investigators, multidisciplinary team members, and members of the faith community.


NDAA works to provide a safe and secure environment for partners and participants. By registering for this event, you agree to abide by NDAA policies and acknowledge the disclaimer and waiver. For more information on NDAA’s policies and procedures, including our Code of Conduct, please visit our Policies page.


Please contact Director of Programs Allysa Gambarella at agambarella@ndaajustice.org.

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