Misconduct Prevention Training

Options for Misconduct Prevention Training

There are two options for misconduct prevention training. It is at the discretion of the rector (or proxy) which training is required, even for those receiving training for the first time. Rectors and those coordinating misconduct prevention in their parishes should take note of 2019-2022 Misconduct Prevention Updates, below. 

  1. Take online misconduct prevention courses (free of charge)
    • The guide in the link above contains instructions on how new users should register and which courses are required for each ministry. 
    • As of July 2021, each parish/organization has a new site-specific registration code for new users. Current users (those who set up an online account before July 2021), should have received an email from donotreply@praesidiuminc.com about using the new Praesidium Academy platform.
  2. Attend in-person workshops (free of charge).

If you are hoping to set up an in-person training, there are two options:

  1. Hire a certified trainer to lead the workshop. Trainers’ fees are $150 per workshop, with mileage reimbursement as needed. 
  2. Clergy with current certification (debuted summer 2016) are eligible to teach child abuse prevention and adult misconduct prevention workshops. 

2019-2022 Misconduct Prevention Updates

As of July 1, 2019

There is no longer a diocesan recommendation that those being trained for the first time receive in-person training.

  • Either method is valid, even for those being trained for the first time, at the discretion of the rector (or proxy).  
  • After Mar. 2020: Online training should be paired with an annual discussion of policy, best practices and how they apply to a ministry group's context. 
  • Until Aug. 1, 2022, each parish may still choose to require in-person training for those receiving misconduct prevention training for the first time, so long as doing so would not prevent a parishioner from receiving training in a timely manner. 

The diocesan offices no longer offer online registration for in-person workshops, but trainers/parishes may still submit scheduled workshops to the diocesan calendar. Participants should follow the instructions on the calendar event.

Beginning August 1, 2022

Recertification will be required every 5 years (rather than every 10), beginning on Aug. 1, 2022.

  • Training received prior to Aug. 1, 2022 will still be considered current for 10 years, but parishes are encouraged to begin requiring retraining every five years, at the rector's discretion (or proxy's discretion). 

In-person training will be phased out on Aug. 1, 2022.

Policy Manual (Required Reading for Any Training)

Social Media Guidelines


Reporting & Response

Training Certificates 

The diocesan offices keep training certificates on file for clergy, but not for laity. After you complete a training, you should keep a copy for yourself and give a copy to your church to be kept on file.

If you took the training online, you can print the certificate via the online portal. See the guide at the top of this page for instructions.

Contact Information

Regarding Background Checks: Gloria Parham | Assistant for Episcopal Ministries | gparham@thediocese.net | 804-643-8451 ext. 1053