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Domestic Human Sex Trafficking Training

Building Awareness and Preparing for Action: Domestic Human Sex Trafficking (3 hours)

Saturday, January 26, 2019

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Dr. Ann Smith, PsyD

Until recently, when the topic of human sex trafficking came up in conversation, most people imagined girls in Nepal or India – somewhere “over there” but not right down the street.  While Michigan ranks second in the United States for human sex trafficking, the overall estimates are likely low due to the difficulty in obtaining uniform data on an underground operation. Due to the dangerous nature of trafficking and victim silencing, providers must be prepared to readily identify signs and symptoms of complex trauma in patients they may never suspect would be modern day slaves.  It is important to understand the tactics of control used by traffickers in order to establish rapport with a survivor.  The training will inform participants about symptoms and modes of survival, ideas for particular interventions, and suggested modifications in standard protocols, as well as considerations for advocacy.  

By the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  1. Define domestic human sex trafficking, as well as examine prevalence rates and scope of the problem (particularly in Michigan).
  2. Learn key definitions surrounding domestic human sex trafficking and glean explicit insight into various facets of trafficking.
  3. Understand basic profile information about traffickers, as well as understand the risks, vulnerabilities, and survival tactics of people they target.
  4. Identify treatment needs specific to sexually trafficked women and children and discuss necessary modifications in standard practice protocols or trauma training.
  5. Identify the most up-to-date training resources, as well as suggestions for advocacy of women and children who are actively being trafficked or have been in the past.

Approved by MCBAP for 3 contact hours related to substance abuse and meets continuing education requirements for psychologists per administrative rules.

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Workshop Schedule of Events

9:00-9:30 AM Sign in/Registration

9:30-11:00 AM Lecture and Discussion

11:00-11:15 AM Break

11:15-12:15 PM Lecture and Discussion

12:15-12:30 PM Evaluations & Certificates

Recommended for

This workshop is appropriate for individuals seeking initial certification or recertification through MCBAP. It is also for health care professionals, particularly psychologists, counselors, social workers, and therapists seeking information about human sex trafficking, including the symptoms and modes of survival, interventions, modifications in standard protocols, and considerations for advocacy. 

Ann Smith, PsyD - psychology associatesInstructor

This training is based on Dr. Smith’s focus in the areas of complex trauma, PTSD, eating disorders, and the extreme ways in which people cope with life’s atrocities. She is a core faculty member at the Michigan School of Psychology, where she provides clinical supervision for doctoral students and chairs several dissertations concerning trauma.  She teaches students to lean into uncomfortable territory associated with human suffering and maltreatment and to integrate creative interventions with traditional psychotherapy. Her clinical practice focuses on consultation with and advocacy for women in accessing quality psychological treatment, trauma-informed medical care, and legal assistance.


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