Written by STOPP Website Staff (07/14/2019)
Munsey, Susan, Miller, Heather E. Rugg, Terence (2018). GenerateHope: a comprehensive treatment model for sex-trafficked women. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work 15:4, 420-431. doi: 10.1080/23761407.2018.1467809
GenerateHope is a nonprofit organization based in San Diego that provides comprehensive services to adult female survivors. This article looks at the GenerateHope residential program and provides early outcome results for residents living at the program for 6 to 12 months.
GenerateHope’s program includes a 30-hour per week schedule that includes academics, trauma-related psychotherapy and supplemental therapies. For this study, GenerateHope used three assessments to assess improvements in well-being, including the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist – Civilian Version, and Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. Results of the three assessments showed dramatic improvements: a reduction of depression and PTSD symptoms, and self-esteem dramatically improved. Results indicated that this program is transferable to other settings. The paper also describes challenges in implementing the program.