Programming and resources for highly at-risk children and youth and the professionals who work with them

Balancing Acts: Keeping Children Safe in Congregations

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by Reverend Debra Haffner & Joan Tabachnick
Duration: 3-4 hours; CE Credits: 4

Launch Course

This ground-breaking course developed in collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Association offers information, policies, and procedural suggestions to create a congregation where children and youth will be safe from sexual abuse. If you are part of a faith community and plan to address the issue of sexual abuse, this course will provide you with the essential tools needed for a comprehensive approach to safety and prevention.



Continuing Education Credits

To purchase CE credits, click here and scroll to find the course.

Continuing Education Credits are available for Social Workers and Psychologists. After completing each course, a brief post-test will be provided at the Orlando Behavioral Health website, which you must pass with more than 80% correct answers to be eligible for CE credits. Please contact Mike Weinberg at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information about earning CE credits.


About the Author(s)

Reverend Haffner is the director of the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing. A sexologist for more than 25 years, she was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister in 2003 and is endorsed by the Unitarian Church in Westport. She teaches courses on "Sexuality Issues for Ministers" as a visiting professor at Yale Divinity School. Reverend Debra Haffner Director, Religious Institute on Sexual Morality Justice, and Healing 304 Main Avenue, 335 Norwalk, CT 06851


Joan is the director of educational initiatives at the New England Adolescent Research Institute, Inc. (NEARI) in Holyoke, MA. For nearly 15 years, she has worked in the field of child sexual abuse prevention. She has been recognized as an expert through her publications in peer-reviewed journals, award-winning public service announcements and public information materials; invitations to participate on national expert panels; and frequent requests for expert content advice with media outlets and film.


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