In this episode, Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Tim Birt shares with us his perspective on three questions:

Part 1) In what ways are LDS policies and teachings on sexuality harmful and helpful?

Part 2) In what ways are the LDS church’s current policies related to child protection and abuse inadequate or harmful or need improvement?

Part 3) What can LDS church members do to help protect children in their local congregations?

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Helpful links provided by Tim:

Timothy Birt, MS, LPC, LMFT
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*Protect LDS Children and Concerns about Child Interviews in LDS Church (See https://protectldschildren.org/ )

*Recommendations for parents/members to protect their children by advocating with bishops / Stake Presents (See https://invisiblescubit.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/great-suggestions-to-protect-our-children/ )

*Response to “How Mormons  (the Church) Approaches Abuse” (Mormon Newsroom resource)

*Recommendations for Church Child Protection policies from other Churches:

*My Info:

 

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8 Comments

  1. Tiffany Lundeen March 7, 2018 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Did anyone write down all the suggestions Tim made so they can be shared in text form?

    • Tiffany Lundeen March 7, 2018 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Did anyone write down all the suggestions Tim made in Part 3 so they can be shared with others in text form?

      • Dave Miller March 8, 2018 at 7:08 am - Reply

        Thank you for volunteering to do this Tiffany, I look forward to seeing that posted here.

  2. Tanner March 8, 2018 at 7:27 am - Reply

    What were those research papers Tim mentioned about how and why kids delay disclosure of abuse?

  3. Barry March 8, 2018 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Tanner it appears that Dave has volunteered to ask Tiffany to volunteer to post that info. But Tiffany was already seeking a volunteer prior to Dave volunteering her. *JK* I’ll volunteer to do it tonight if it’s not up by then. I think Tiff was being a resourceful Mormon is all.

  4. Timothy Birt March 11, 2018 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    I will work with John to post links to my two lists of suggestions in the show notes. Here are links.

    Recommendations for parents/members to protect their children by advocating with bishops / Stake Presents (My 14 recommendations on how members can interact with their local leaders to protect and better serve kids and the LDS Church.)

    https://invisiblescubit.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/great-suggestions-to-protect-our-children/

    Response to “How Mormons (the Church) Approaches Abuse” (Mormon Newsroom resource)
    I give 16 recommendations to improve the LDS Church’s child protection policies and practices

    https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/how-mormons-approach-abuse

    My responses /suggestions:

    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/mormontherapist/2018/02/church-approaches-abuse-professionals-response.html )

    – Recommendations for Church Child Protection policies from other youth serving organizations
    -My experiences with BSA in by invitation only coordination meeting with other youth serving organizations to improve child protection.
    -BSA’s Youth Protection policies and how the LDS Church doesn’t follow for older boys, girls, and toddlers
    -Highlights from other church’s youth protection policies (Community of Christ, Methodist, etc.)
    Community of Christ
    https://www.cofchrist.org/child-protection-training
    https://www.cofchrist.org/child-protection-training

    United Methodist Church (Safe Sanctuaries)
    https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/safe-sanctuaries-general-guidelines-starter-documents

    Episcopal Church
    https://www.cpg.org/linkservid/3F743B4C-06F1-5DFF-86FFB64C8B79DE07/showMeta/0/?label=Model%20Policies%3A%20Preventing%20Children%20and%20Youth%20from%20Abuse

    Presbyterian Church
    https://www.fpcgreensboro.org/child-and-youth-protection-policy

    United Church of Christ
    https://www.ucc.org/ministers_safe

    Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake
    https://www.dioslc.org/offices/office-of-safe-environment/documents-safe-environment/safe-environment-program-manual

    Timothy Birt, MS, LPC, LMFT

  5. Corwin Hudson March 16, 2018 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Love it. Thanks for including all the links and the details. I am passing them along to my leaders.

  6. Cory March 22, 2018 at 5:06 am - Reply

    I’m really glad that there are people like Tim working from inside the church on these important issues. Really great interview. Thanks for coming on to Mormon Stories.

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