CMSM Safeguarding Workshop 2022 | Bethany Center in Lutz, FL
Workshop: October 24-26
Retreat: October 26-27

Recommitting, Reconnecting, Reflecting: Skills Building for Safeguarding Ministry

This year’s Safeguarding Workshop will focus on the themes of recommitting to the work of safeguarding, reconnecting with other safeguarding ministers, and reflecting both on new areas of concern and the self-care needed for safeguarding ministry.

After two years of a virtual workshop, CMSM is pleased to once again offer the annual Safeguarding Workshop in person. This year’s workshop will feature an array of experienced and knowledgeable speakers as we explore the psychological, canonical, and pastoral aspects of safeguarding through plenary talks, breakout sessions and role-play scenarios.

This year’s Workshop will also feature an optional retreat, designed to help those in safeguarding ministry reflect on this difficult ministry and recharge for the coming year.

Lodging & Travel


  • The Bethany Center in Lutz, FL, has limited lodging. All rooms are single occupancy, with a queen bed, linens, and private bath. If you are interested in staying at the retreat center, register early to ensure you get a room.
  • There also are several nearby hotels once the Center is full. If you are not staying at Bethany Center, choose “Commuter” when registering.
  • There is no lodging available at the Bethany Center on Sunday, October 23. If you are arriving early, you will need to make alternate plans.


Online Workshop

For those who cannot travel to Lutz, we are offering a limited virtual workshop:

  • The same plenary sessions as the in-person workshop
  • A reduced number of breakout sessions
  • No role-playing scenarios or retreat

Cancellation policy

Refunds will be given for cancellations made by September 30, 2022, less a $100 non-refundable cancellation fee. No refunds will be available after that time.

We look forward to seeing you. If you have questions, please contact David Rohrer Budiash, Director of Programs, at or (240) 436-1311.


Rev. Frank Donio, S.A.C., D.Min.
Conference of Major Superiors of Men

Deacon Steven DeMartino
Conference of Major Superiors of Men

Deacon Bernie Nojadera, LCSW
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Christy Schiller, MA

Kiran Rupani, MPH

Kristin Austin, LCSW-C, CCTP
Society of Jesus

Michael Riley, MSW, MBA, LPC
MHR Advising

Amy Jill Strickland, JCL

James Coupe, Psy. D.
Saint John Vianney Center

Tom Artz, PhD
Society of the Divine Word

Paul Ashton, Psy. D., D. Min.

Very Rev. Dan Dorsey, GHM
Glenmary Home Missioners


The morning will allow for travel, with plenaries starting after lunch.
1:00pm: Welcome and introductions
1:30pm – Five Safeguarding Commitments of CMSM Members – Rev. Frank Donio, SAC
2:00pm – Update on the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People – Deacon Bernie Nojadera
3:00pm – Praesidium: Updates on the Accreditation and Re-Accreditation Process – Christy Schiller and Kiran Rupani
3:30pm – Religious Survivor Witness: Healing in Community
4:45pm – Evening prayer and wrap-up

The second day of the Workshop will feature diverse skills-building breakout sessions Topics include:

  • Boundaries: definitions, case examples, and responding appropriately from a safeguarding ministry perspective – James Coupe
  • Canonical processes in safeguarding ministry: the rights and responsibilities of the major superior and of the accused – Amy Jill Strickland
  • The Role and Purview of Review Boards – Tom Artz
  • Best Practices for Safety Plan Supervision – Paul Ashton
  • Pastoral Care of the Accused – Deacon Steven DeMartino
  • Mutual Relations in Safeguarding – Rev. Frank Donio, SAC
  • Allegation Notification and Investigation – Mike Riley
  • Survivor/Victim Assistance Coordinators (with a sessions for new S/VACs and one for experienced S/VACs) – Kristin Austin


9:15am – Breakout One
10:30am – Break
10:45am Breakout Two
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – Breakout Three
2:15pm – Break
2:30pm – Breakout Four
3:45pm – Break
4:00pm – Wrap-up

The options for each breakout session will be announced soon. 


The final day of the Workshop will focus on role plays to see – and enact – the skills necessary from the initial notification of a possible violation, through the meetings with the survivor, review board, and offender. The role plays will wrap up at lunch.


The optional retreat will begin after lunch, offering time to reflect and pray about safeguarding ministry both alone and with others. The retreat will be led by Fr. Dan Dorsey, GHM.

The optional retreat continues, concluding at lunch.


We welcome inquiries from organizations that offer services and programs that meet members’ needs. If you are interested, please send your information, including a link to your website and brief information about the services you provide, to Chris Pierno.