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045 | Human Trafficking and the Sex Industry: How to Identify and Help Those Who are Trapped

Preconference Workshops


Shannon Wolf, Ph.D., and Sabrina Black, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, and Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Trafficking of people, or human trafficking, is an illegal activity that touches all nations and has long-lasting physical, social, and psychological consequences for survivors and all those involved. Traffickers exploit both genders, all ethnicities, the aged and young, and the educated and unschooled. No people group is left untouched by this crime. Currently, the trafficking of people is at epidemic proportions. In this workshop, psychologists, other licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders will learn the effects of trafficking on victims, which are numerous and profound. Participants will also learn how to identify those who are being trafficked and ways that they can intervene. The presenter will describe how chronic victimization increases the risk of physical and psychological difficulties, resulting in a wide range of expected symptoms, from impaired cognitive functioning to attachment disorders. Also, this workshop will provide specific treatment interventions aimed at healing the wounds of trafficking.

Learning Objectives

List factors that place individuals at risk for trafficking victimization.
Cite factor for identifying those who are trafficked.
Analyze various techniques traffickers use on their victims and how those techniques form bonds between the victim and trafficker.
Outline how psychologists, other licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders can intervene in human tracking.
Discuss different treatment interventions that can be used with those who are victims of human trafficking.