Course 101 will discuss the ways trafficking, specifically sex trafficking of our children, has rapidly grown in our society and nation. It will examine the systematic nature of sex trafficking, the criminal mindset and grooming of victims. The course unravels foundational belief systems that have allowed sex trafficking to not only happen in our own backyard and around the world, but to become extremely prevalent and growing in our culture.
Topics will include: the sexualization of America’s children, the part the internet, pornography and social media plays in this crime, poverty mindsets, and the normalization of sexual crimes. These foundational teachings will set the stage for the next two days of training where the growing issue of domestic child sex trafficking and its impact on our children and communities is reviewed at a macro and micro level. This session ends providing tangible ways each individual can be an active part of the solution in their community and in this world.
Training Course 201: A Macro-Level Understanding of the Crime called Sex Trafficking and a Micro View of the Physical, Mental, Emotional & Spiritual Impact on its Victims
Prerequisite: Training 101
Course 201 begins with an overview of current U.S. Federal policies and laws, identifying gaps and where the U.S. is trending and progressing state to state with regard to victim prevention, protection and prosecution. We will also look at how juvenile justice and child welfare (dependency courts) are structured and how minor victims of sex trafficking are classified under these two systems. There will be a discussion of the systematic gaps and how these provide challenges for victims needing services after rescue.
Additionally, during this second day of training, there will be an in depth session with regard to the complex trauma victims experience, the symptoms they experience, the impact on their brain and behavior, as well as the emotional and physiological effects of this trauma. Common diagnosis to this population such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Disassociation (DID), Fractures and Alters will be examined as well as the difficulties and challenges this population experiences in learning and mainstreaming back into the community. In addition, the topics of trauma bonding, the criminal mindset as well as the intensive, long term therapeutic process victims of this crime require will be subjects that are addressed during this course.
Also discussed during this day of training, are effective as well as ineffective therapeutic modalities and delivery systems.
Prerequisite: Training 101 and 201
Course 301 details common scenarios in serving and working with this vulnerable, highly traumatized population. Topics addressed include but are not limited to communicating with and interviewing this population, establishing healthy boundaries and setting appropriate expectations and outcomes with this population. There will also be a discussion of defining and documenting success with this population as well as a testimony by a survivor.
This course includes time dedicated to recommended self-care for those serving and working with this population and what is known as secondary trauma. Day three concludes with a menu of breakout sessions that attendees are able to choose from that are specific to their interest and/or profession. These breakouts are customized for specific regions and topics can be requested by the host that are not covered in the course descriptions above. The breakouts can range from and/or be specific to law enforcement, volunteers, policy, mental health and/or faith based topics with regard to the prevention, protection or prosecution of the crime called sex trafficking and its victims.
For individuals desiring to work directly with residents who live at Courage House – whether as staff or a volunteer – all three sessions must be completed, as well as a background check before an interview will be scheduled.