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The State of Minnesota filed criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The charge was six counts of a gross misdemeanor criminal complaint, for putting children at risk in various ways. What lessons should organizations gather from this criminal complaint?

As a mental health practitioners trying to help further the cause of missions, I will be looking at issues as they develop in the arenas of assessment, overseas behavior and treatment, and contexts where you find cross-cultural and organizational cultural issues. I also want to discuss how to work with missions in the most effective way, looking at specific kinds of assessments and the ministerial exception.I am hoping, Theresa, that I will surface issues that you may be able to speak to from a legal perspective. 

A multi-chapter resource by Theresa Lynn Sidebotham, Esq. and Dr. Brent Lindquist about safety plans and preventing child abuse.

If your ministry is planning a short-term mission trip, such as a spring break construction project, the insurance issues can be confusing. Does everyone have health insurance? Will it cover health issues that occur overseas? Will it cover emergencies like medical evacuation? Do people have auto insurance? Will that cover them overseas if they are driving? What if they are passengers?

A multi-chapter resource by Theresa Lynn Sidebotham, Esq. and Dr. Brent Lindquist about restoration following abuse and trauma.

A multi-chapter resource by Theresa Lynn Sidebotham, Esq. and Dr. Brent Lindquist about whether the psychological assessment should come before or after hiring.

A multi-chapter resource about how requiring employees to get mental health counseling is likely a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (except in certain narrow circumstances), and how religious organizations should consider what circumstances apply and be prepared.

A multi-chapter resource by Theresa Lynn Sidebotham, Esq. and Dr. Brent Lindquist about job descriptions and how they can apply differently in a ministerial or mission environment.

A multi-chapter resource by Theresa Lynn Sidebotham, Esq. and Dr. Brent Lindquist about psychological assessments for missionary candidates and what can be done in the interview process, how to do it, what information to ask, and whether it can be done in a nondiscriminatory fashion.

Hi, Brent. Social networking is the new way we participate in community, so many of the things we once shared at the village well or at prayer meetings are now shared online. That can be good and it can cause problems, just like old-time gossip. And social media definitely causes its share of employment problems.