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VCU School of Medicine, 5th Floor

1201 E Marshall Street

McGlothlin Medical Education Center

Richmond, VA 23298

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Using the Stages of Change Model to Empower Patients

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It is important to understand the mindset of a victim of human trafficking. The reason behind this is due in part to the amount of power and control a trafficker exerts on his/her victim which can create barriers to self-identification or leaving a trafficking situation. Most victims will not feel motivated to change if they feel they are not supported in their efforts or feel they must defend their actions. That said, a clinician's primary goal is not "to rescue" or seek disclosure, rather, to meet survivors where they are, build rapport, and move them toward healthier choices and behaviors in a spirit of shared decision-making. Our speakers will explain how applying the Stages of Change Model to our practice will help survivors feel respected and motivated to make the change necessary in their lives.

This presentation is part of the 2nd Annual Medical Symposium on Human Trafficking scheduled for February 4 - 8, 2020. For the complete list of class offerings, please visit: ImPACT Virginia. The Symposium is free and open to the public.

Parking: Validated parking in the VCU Medical Center Visitor Parking Deck located at 550 N 12th St, Richmond, VA 23298

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