“One of the scariest things you ever have to do in ministry or in life is to make a phone call to child protective services to report abuse. It’s scary because the stakes are always so high, and the process is so unknown. Now, there’s a lot of good information out there about who you should call and who has to call. But I thought it might be helpful to hear from someone with a lot of experience about what happens once you’ve made the call, and how you can serve those who are trying to process this experience wisely and biblically. So join me for a conversation with Julie Lowe about what happens when you make the dreaded call to report child abuse.” Host, Alasdair Groves.
Pastoral wisdom and the mandate to report abuse
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Alasdair is the Executive Director of CCEF, as well as a faculty member and counselor. He has served at CCEF since 2009. He holds a master of divinity with an emphasis in counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. Alasdair cofounded CCEF New England, where he served as director for ten years. He also served as the director of CCEF’s School of Biblical Counseling for three years. He is the host of CCEF’s podcast, Where Life & Scripture Meet, and is the coauthor of Untangling Emotions (Crossway, 2019).
Julie Lowe served at CCEF for over 20 years in various capacities, including as a faculty member and counselor. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a registered play therapist supervisor and she holds a master of arts in counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary. Julie has extensive training and experience with marriage, women’s issues, sexual abuse, body image issues, parenting, and child maltreatment issues. She is trained in leading mandated reporter trainings and provides numerous trainings and consultations on child sexual abuse. She has published numerous books, including Child Proof (New Growth Press, 2018), Building Bridges (New Growth Press, 2020), and Safeguards (New Growth Press, 2022).