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Register for the SAFE Seminar
At the start of each Church year, we all make plans and promises to attend worship on a more regular basis, to find a Sunday morning group to be a part of, to get more involved in Outreach. All of these are worthy plans and promises. We would like for you to consider adding one more: the SAFE Seminar.
Led by LeAnn Gardner, this approach is meant to equip adults with the tools they need to answer the questions that children will have, find the right words when teens need guidance, and be a safe space for all children and youth.
Why Should Parents Attend?
Let’s be honest, no parent wakes up one morning and says, “Hooray! Today is the day I have THE TALK with my child!” Yet as a parent, you know that you want your child to have correct information told in your words, not from someone else. The SAFE Seminar will challenge parents to think about the facts they must teach their children about such important issues. Even more importantly, through the seminar adults will dive into the “why” — the narrative — that provides the substance for these facts and
how they fit inside your family’s unique story and belief system. It requires some intentional thought and action, but it is necessary to help our children on this journey of being a holistically healthy human being. We will discuss becoming the primary transmitters of information about sex and safety to our children, including education about sexual development, body awareness, and empowerment.
Why Should Non-Parents Attend?
As a Church, we commit to walk with families as they parent their children. We promise to be with them in the easy moments and the challenging moments. And we are all called to provide safety and care for the children and youth among us. At the SAFE Seminar, we will begin building a strong, supportive adult network to help us with this heavy responsibility of keeping our children and youth safe.
Why Should Our Church Care?
As we continue to be a Church that blazes trails in so many areas of life, the safety of our children and youth must be one of these trails. Every member has the opportunity to learn, prepare, and be ready to work with children and families in providing safety and wisdom.
To get a sense of what you can expect, here is a short video where LeAnn share how SAFE came about and why she is so passionate about the topic.
If you have questions, please contact Rev. Carrie Veal.
Register for the SAFE Seminar
Minister of Children and Community Life
(704) 334-7232 x 118
LeAnn Gardner, LISW-CP, MDiv, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Ordained Minister. She received her Master of Social Work degree from The Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University and her MDiv from Truett Seminary, also at Baylor. She began her career as a frontline Child Protective Services worker in Waco, Texas before serving in a local church as Associate Pastor. She taught Master level social work students at Baylor for 2 years on campus, before she found herself back in Charleston. It was there LeAnn began working at the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center as a therapist, conducting forensic interviews as well as helping children heal from their traumatic experiences through therapy. She is currently a faculty member with the Garland School of Social Work at Baylor and has helped to pioneer their distance learning program.
LeAnn’s passions are finding the intersection between faith and social work issues, particularly how people find resilience and healing through their faith after a traumatic event occurs. She also enjoys helping caregivers navigate 21st century issues with their children, with special attention to sexual development, using intuition as a protective factor, helping establish healthy communication patterns between caregivers and their children, and helping to mobilize a community of trusted adults to share in the privilege (and daunting) task of loving and rearing children. She is in private therapy practice in North Charleston, SC, where she sees a variety of clients.
LeAnn created the SAFE (Sexual Awareness and Family Empowerment) program in 2016 and since then has spoken to over 20 churches in the US as well as numerous community and home groups.
LeAnn, a right brained social worker, is married to Andrew, a left brained engineer. Together, they (sometimes) compose a full brain. They have two boys, Ellis (2011) and Palmer (2014). If she is not tending to boys, teaching or holding space for people in her 10×10 room on N Rhett Avenue, she is baking, crafting, cheering on Baylor and Clemson, officiating weddings or planning her next party. She also considers herself and avid fan of the musical Hamilton and knows way too many of the lyrics.
Visit her website www.leanngardner.com
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