133: Response to the Church’s Updated Guidelines in Preventing and Responding to Abuse

Natasha Helfer Parker and Tim Birt, both mental health professionals and members of the Mormon Mental Health Association, have a discussion and response in regards to the guidelines that were updated and released yesterday by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in regards to preventing and responding to abuse.

Natasha wanted to release this tonight… but will be offering more of the links mentioned within the interview in the following days.

Mormon leaders unveil new rules allowing another adult in room for interviews

First Presidency Directs Leaders to Prevent and Respond to Abuse

Preventing and Responding to Abuse Resource Document

Natasha Helfer Parker runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith. She also hosts the popular podcasts, Mormon Mental Health & Mormon Sex Info and creates the sex educational resource, Sex Talk with Natasha.


5 comments for “133: Response to the Church’s Updated Guidelines in Preventing and Responding to Abuse

  1. March 28, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Excellent discussion, so many great points. It does feel like something of this magnitude will spur on urgent needed changes, more than what has been changed even in the last few days. I can’t get out of my head the Bishop who did not help her in 1987 when she told him due to the “incredulous” nature of what happened to her. I just think of how differently her life would have been if at that early age she was believed, supported and seen her abuser go to jail. Thanks for taking on the tough yet needed discussions Natasha. I wish every member was even aware of these happenings, very few seem to know anything about it here in GA. Either that or they aren’t bringing it up with me.

  2. clh
    March 31, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Would you please provide a sample of the paper you suggest be posted on the church building bulletin board and in bathrooms for contacting community abuse help resources.

  3. clh
    April 2, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    You two have so many good ideas. Would you consider creating a video or training that could be offered to the Church?

    Is there a sample sheet for the suggested sheet on the bulletin board or church restrooms?

    Thank you for your efforts. I experienced child sexual abuse in my home decades ago, and have had struggles all my life. I recently had EMDR therapy for PTSD that I experienced after going off my antidepressant. It has been very helpful (and I am back on the antidepressant).

  4. Greg
    April 6, 2018 at 11:15 am

    What great information. I promise Natasha if I ever have the heavy burden of being called to serve as a Bishop, you’re going to be my 1st call before I am even sustained.

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