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Digital Seminar

Human Trafficking: Clinical Identification and Treatment Approaches for Survivors of Modern Day Slavery and Sexual Exploitation

Will you be ready to serve a survivor of modern-day slavery when he or she enters your therapy office?

Human trafficking is the second-largest industry for organized crime in the world. It often happens locally, with people being trafficked by people they know from their own neighbourhoods.

Far from just sex trafficking, human trafficking also involves labour trafficking, child soldiers, and organ donation.

This issue is much more common than you think, and you need to be prepared to work with this unique population in your clinical practice. You may even have a client on your case load now that needs this special specialized treatment.

Understanding trauma helps, but it is not enough to provide sufficient and effective care for the struggles these survivors have endured. Trafficking survivors have a unique set of needs that differs from other cases of trauma entering your therapy office.

Complex trauma is overlaid with brainwashing and Stockholm Syndrome, providing an extremely complicated set of needs in this population. Great harm can be done both to the safety and to the mental health of this population if we fail to identify and treat their special needs.

This recording will give you the tools you need to safely and skillfully guide these survivors through the process of transformation from being someone’s product to feeling like a person again.


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Shari Kim, Ph.D., C.A.A.D.C., C.C.T.P.
5 Hours 53 Minutes
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Sep 27, 2019
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Shari Kim, PhD, CCDC, serves as a trauma psychologist with Chase Brexton Health Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center specializing in serving the LGBTQ+ population in Baltimore. She is the founder of Susquehanna Valley Community Mental Health Services, a nonprofit mental health clinic that specializes in treatment of survivors of human trafficking, complex trauma, and sexual exploitation.

Dr. Kim has been very active in anti-trafficking efforts in both Pennsylvania and Maryland, forming community partnerships to collaborate on providing for the complex needs of trafficking survivors and serving on multiple local task forces. She continues to serve on anti-trafficking task forces in Maryland. She also served as chair of the human trafficking subcommittee for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the behavioral health workgroup for the York County Human Trafficking Task Force.

A 20-year veteran of the mental health field, Dr. Kim also serves as the chapter coordinator for disaster mental health services with the American Red Cross National Capital Chapter and has deployed to three large-scale disasters. She served as chair of the disaster response network within the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA), helping to facilitate a partnership between PPA and the American Red Cross to increase the number of disaster mental health responders in Pennsylvania.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Shari Kim is CEO of Susquehanna Valley Community Mental Health Services. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-Financial: Shari Kim is a member of the American Psychological Association; and Pennsylvania Psychological Association.

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  1. Determine the signs that a client has been trafficked and determine a proper treatment plan.
  2. Create the appropriate therapeutic environment to enable the best clinical outcomes for a trafficking survivor.
  3. Differentiate among the various types of trafficking, including: sex trafficking, labor trafficking, child soldiers and organ donation to better inform clinical assessment and treatment interventions.
  4. Utilize a strength-based treatment approach for clinical issues such as PTSD, Stockholm Syndrome, and brainwashing.
  5. Determine how to facilitate post traumatic growth among survivors of human trafficking.
  6. Analyze federal laws specific to human trafficking and identify how this information could impact clinical treatment.


Human Trafficking: What You Need to Know
  • Legal and clinical definition
  • Types of trafficking
    • Labour trafficking
    • Sex trafficking
    • Child soldiers
    • Organ donation
  • Where people are trafficked
  • Risk factors for trafficking victimization
The Legal Process
  • Federal and local trafficking protections
  • Why it’s so difficult to investigate and prosecute trafficking cases
  • The unique protection needs of trafficking survivors
  • Case examples
Clinical Treatment for Human Trafficking Survivors
  • How to identify and what to watch for in-session
  • Identify risk in the clinical interview
  • Trafficking screening and assessment tools
  • How to respond if you suspect trafficking
Overcome Brainwashing and Stockholm Syndrome
  • Psychological underpinnings of entry to trafficking
  • Why victims stay (and why they return)
  • Psychological processes of luring in victims
Treating the Trauma of Trafficking
  • Evidence-based treatment for traumatic stress (e.g. Prolonged Exposure, EMDR)
  • Strengths-based treatment approaches
  • The essential components of traumainformed care
  • Treatment matching for different types of trafficking
Post-Traumatic Growth: Transformation from Victim to Survivor
  • Help clients find meaning after trauma
  • Create a comprehensive, individualized recovery plan
  • Case examples: From trauma to recovery
Potential Treatment Obstacles (and What to do About Them)
  • Building and maintaining trust with a trafficking victim
  • The power of brainwashing
  • Risk of returning to trafficking
  • Safety Issues

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Professionals
  • Caseworkers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.7

Total Reviews: 20


Abraham E - ALLENDALE, Michigan

"excellent presentation"

Jodi G - BILLINGS, Montana

"honestly, this is the best training I've taken in years"

Jim R - FOUNTAIN, Colorado

"thanks for letting veterans attend these for free!"

Donna G - SAN DIEGO, California

"Great Training and Great Trainer"

Robin T - RED BLUFF, California

"I thought this was very well done and extremely timely as well as kept me interested - meaning I didn't want to miss anything. Great job."

Scott D - RENO, Nevada

"Its annoying how many questions you ask. "


"Thank you so much! I learned a great deal today. I was initially fearful of hearing horror stories and not being able to sleep as i have children and grandchildren but it ended up being so insightful and educational that I am now more equipped to prevent teach and help others. It was worth facing my fears today. "

Christine W - COLVILLE, Washington

"We didn't need 15 minutes per case study. That seemed awfully long to figure out the needs."

Susan R - RANCHO CUCAMONGA, California


Clairressa G - MEMPHIS, Tennessee

"Very interesting presentation. Learned a lot. Quiz was too long and the multiple choice items are written in a font that this too light making them are to see, please make them darker"

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