Human Sex Trafficking: Challenging Myths and Supporting Survivors

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Human Sex Trafficking: Challenging Myths and Supporting Survivors

Are you prepared to identify and support sex trafficking survivors?

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Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2022 from 1pm - 2:30pm EST

Format: 90-minute virtual webinar

Cost: $75 for professionals; $60 for students.

1.5 CE Credits offered for Ohio Counselors.

CSWMFT Approval #RCX072201

Session Description: Though rates of sex trafficking are notoriously difficult to obtain, it is estimated that 4.5 million people globally are victims of forced sexual exploitation. Women, children, and individuals with multiple marginalized identities are especially vulnerable to forced sexual exploitation. Professional counselors and school counselors must be prepared to identify and support survivors of sex trafficking because they will likely encounter victims through their work in community, schools, hospitals, and other settings. Professional counselors and school counselors are additionally called to identify and challenge false narratives about the nature and processes associated with the crime of sex trafficking to promote victim identification and utilize trauma-focused interventions. The session provides an overview of trauma-informed counseling strategies that can be implemented across a variety of workplace settings.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Attendees will obtain a deeper understanding of the definition, processes, vulnerabilities, and risk factors associated with sex trafficking.

Objective 2: Attendees will identify sex trafficking myths and challenge false narratives that create barriers to victim identification.

Objective 3: Attendees will review clinical counseling considerations and learn trauma-sensitive interventions to support sex trafficking survivors in diverse clinical settings.

Meet The Speaker

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Stacey Diane Arañez Litam (she, her, siya) Ph.D., LPCC-s, NCC, CCMHC, is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Cleveland State University and a Forbes Health Advisory Board Member on topics related to sexual wellbeing and mental health. Dr. Litam is a multiple award winning researcher, educator, clinical counselor, supervisor, and social justice advocate on topics related to human sexuality, sex trafficking, diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) concerns. She is a prolific scholar with over 40 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Litam has worked extensively with sex trafficking survivors In clinical counseling settings and she has over 10 human trafficking research and best-practices articles published in books and academic journals. As an expert in the field, Dr. Litam has been consulted by anti-trafficking leaders at the White House, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the International Labour Organization.

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