Helping Those Who Experience Abuse


Lay caregivers are aware of the many forms abuse can take today.  Abuse encompasses bullying, sexual abuse, domestic abuse.  The media has focused on bullying among teens (at school or through the internet) sometimes with dire consequences.  Sexual abuse and domestic abuse can lead to murder/suicides.  The elderly may experience abuse within their families or by their caregivers. 


How does a lay caregiver spot these forms of abuse? How does one handle what can be a delicate or tricky situation?  Where does one turn for help?  Sara Griffin, SCC staff counselor,  will help participants identify the signs of abuse, address the interpersonal dynamics surrounding abuse and/or bullying, determine how and when to make appropriate referrals or call authorities.  Perhaps, most  importantly, how does one help the abused in the healing process?

Presenter:  Sara Griffin, M.A., L.P.C., NCC

Cost:  $15.00 per person, if your church does not hold a subscription

Date:  Sunday, March 15th    

Time:  2:30—4:30 p.m.

Location:  Nardin Park UMC

29887 West 11 Mile Rd.

Farmington Hills, MI 48336


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Our Services…

Samaritan Counseling Center offers psychotherapy and educational opportunities in many forms for many needs.

couple counseling

Therapy Services:

If you are facing struggles, it can help to talk to a therapist one-on-one to discuss problems and concerns.  This is frequently the primary method of treatment.  However, there are occasions when another person, important in your life, is included in the treatment.  Samaritan Counseling Center offers individual, couples, and family therapy.

Educational Programs:

If you are engaged, you may be interested in our Preparation for Marriage workshop.  This workshop is designed to provide structure for engaged couples to look at their relationship—to articulate its strengths and pinpoint the areas of potential difficulties. 

For clergy, therapists, and other professionals, we offer Prepare/Enrich Facilitator trainings.  Prepare/Enrich is a couples assessment that helps to identify strengths and growth areas.  It is one of the most widely used programs for assessing couples for premarital counseling and relationship enrichment.

For volunteers and caregivers, such as Stephen Ministers, we offer regularly scheduled Lay Caregiver Workshops that offer continuing education on a variety of topics.

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Convenient Locations…

Samaritan Counseling Center has therapists in eight locations across Southeast Michigan

main office outside


Locations in:

  • Farmington Hills (two locations)
  • Birmingham
  • Allen Park
  • Highland
  • Commerce Township
  • Brighton
  • Northville
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