Written by STOPP Website Staff (08/16/2018)

Training Opportunity: Sexually Exploited Children and Adolescents

  • October 22, 2018 in King of Prussia, PA: Crowne Plaza Valley Forge
  • October 23, 2018 in Mount Laurel, NJ: Westin Mount Laurel
  • October 24, 2018 in Wilmington, DE: Double Tree Wilmington

Registration: 7:30 am. Program begins: 8:00 am. Program ends: 4:00 pm.

Continuing Education Credit for Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, etc.

$199.99 per person for 2 or more preregistering together, or single registration postmarked 3 weeks prior to seminar date.

$299.99 standard.

Register online: pesi.com/express/64544
Register by phone: 800-844-8260 with credit card
Register by fax: 800-554-9775
Register by mail: PESI, PO Box 1000, Eau Claire, WI 54702-1000

Seminar Outline

Sex Trafficking of Youth

  • Legal and Clinical Definitions
  • Risk Factors for Sex Trafficking
    1. Adverse Childhood Experiences
    2. Average Age of Entry
    3. Lack of Psychosocial Development
    4. Specific Vulnerabilities
    5. Limited Support in Environment

Assessment and Red Flags

  • Tools or Screening
  • Indicators of Trafficking

Trauma Bond

  • Psychological Underpinnings of Entry to Trafficking
  • Understanding Traffickers
  • Grooming Victims
  • Why Victims Stay and Why They Return

Treating the Trauma of Trafficking

  • Evidence-based Treatment for Traumatic Stress
  • Strengths-based Treatment
  • Trauma-informed care v. Trauma-specific Services
  • Treatment Matching for Different Types of Trafficking

Post-Traumatic Growth: Transformation from Victim to Survivor

  • Discover Strengths by Working Through Trauma
  • Resiliency v. Post-traumatic Growth
  • Critical Questions: Perceived v. Actual Growth
  • Case Examples: From Trauma to Recovery

Potential Treatment Obstacles and What to Do About Them

  • Lack of Trust in Providers and Law Enforcement
  • The Power of Trauma Bond
  • Risk of Returning to Trafficking
  • Instability of Care

Legal and Ethical Considerations

  • Contradictions Between Client-centered Practice and Legal/Law Enforcement Needs
  • Laws That Impact Trafficking Victims
    1. Safe Harbor Laws
    2. Age of Consent for Minors
    3. Prosecution of Trafficking Cases
  • Role of the Clinician in Supporting Clients’ Rights to Self-determination, Safety, and Well-being.