Program Details

Advanced Skill Training in Human/Sex Trafficking
March 9, 10, 16, 17 and 23
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fontbonne University, Anheuser-Busch Building

All costs are included

Fontbonne University is offering a continuing education program focused on prevention, intervention and treatment of victim/survivors of human/sex trafficking. Thanks to funding from the Incarnate Word Foundation, the program will be offered at no cost to 30 participants from social service organizations throughout the St. Louis region. Additional participants can pay a fee of $750 to register.

Participants will complete 30 hours of advanced skills training (including 3 hours of ethics and 3 hours of multiculturalism), forming a future network of providers specializing in the treatment of human/sex trafficking issues in the St. Louis and  surrounding region.

Parking, all materials, continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack will be provided.

Please register early as space is limited.

For more information, contact Laura Beaver, LMSW, at 314-889-4506 or email:

Friday, March 9, 2018
Overview of the Problem

Attendees will be introduced to the local and regional problem of human and sex trafficking and will learn the clinical and legal definitions and the social justice implications. Client scenarios, confidential case synopses, interventive strategies and treatment options will be covered as well as specific clinical issues, assessment and diagnosis, and appropriate treatment planning. “Best Practices” within the field will be reviewed as standards of clinical service.

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Treatment Program Components

A thorough examination of best clinical practices including proper collection of basic information, client history, and completion of a comprehensive needs assessment will be introduced. Proper referrals for medical treatment, housing, employment / education / training, child care, financial assistance and realistic goal setting will be presented. Issues of confidentiality and duty to warn will be discussed.

Friday, March 16, 2018
Clinical Considerations

Treatment considerations specific to issues of human and sex trafficking will include: family of origin configuration and issues, substance abuse history / assessment, and prior experiences of trauma. Considerations pertinent to trafficking history such as age of entrance, nature of organization, position within trafficking organization, impetus to leave, current threats or dangers, survivor personal attachments, intentions and goals will be presented. Trauma treatment elements (defense mechanisms, coping skills, self-harm and suicidal ideations / actions / plans) will be reviewed.

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Co-morbid Conditions

Co-morbid conditions effecting human and sex trafficking survivors often include the following issues/conditions: addiction, eating disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and dissociative identity disorder. Treatment considerations will be covered including symptom management, optional modalities, self-care, lifestyle stabilization, and encouragement of a spiritual practice.

Friday, March 23, 2018
Closure & CEU Certificate Award

A review of the program, treatment termination criteria, discussion of participation in the provider network and follow-up data collection will be included in the last session. Clinician self-care, debriefing, and supervision opportunities will be addressed. Certificates will be awarded to those participants who have completed the total thirty hours of training.