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Meeting the Trauma-Related Needs of Victims of Human Trafficking: Identification and Treatment Techniques to Help Survivors Recover and Build Thriving Lives

Shari Kim, PhD, CCDC
6 Hours 07 Minutes
Nov 11, 2021
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Are you prepared to work with victims of human trafficking when he or she walks through your office door? Maybe, you currently have a client—hidden in plain sight—on your case load. They can’t speak out, so it is imperative that you learn the warning signs.

Understanding trauma is not enough to provide accurate and effective care for the struggles these survivors have endured. Complex trauma is overlaid with brainwashing and Stockholm Syndrome, providing an extremely complicated set of needs in this population.

Watch human trafficking expert Dr. Shari Kim as she guides you through these must have identification and treatment techniques that specifically addresses a survivor’s unique set of needs related to repeated and intrusive trauma. You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify the signs a client has been trafficked including what to watch for in-session
  • Discern between victims of sex trafficking, labour trafficking, child soldiers, and organ donation
  • Effectively treat symptoms of PTSD, Stockholm Syndrome, and brainwashing
  • Reduce co-occurring disorders such as shame, anxiety and substance abuse
  • Create the appropriate therapeutic environment to enable the best clinical outcomes
  • Facilitate post traumatic growth to help clients find meaning after trauma

Purchase today and you’ll leave with the tools to safely and skillfully guide clients through the transformation from being a victim to a survivor!


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Shari Kim, PhD, CCDC, serves as a trauma psychologist with Chase Brexton Health Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center specializing in serving the LGBTQ+ population in Baltimore. She is the founder of Susquehanna Valley Community Mental Health Services, a nonprofit mental health clinic that specializes in treatment of survivors of human trafficking, complex trauma, and sexual exploitation.

Dr. Kim has been very active in anti-trafficking efforts in both Pennsylvania and Maryland, forming community partnerships to collaborate on providing for the complex needs of trafficking survivors and serving on multiple local task forces. She continues to serve on anti-trafficking task forces in Maryland. She also served as chair of the human trafficking subcommittee for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the behavioral health workgroup for the York County Human Trafficking Task Force.

A 20-year veteran of the mental health field, Dr. Kim also serves as the chapter coordinator for disaster mental health services with the American Red Cross National Capital Chapter and has deployed to three large-scale disasters. She served as chair of the disaster response network within the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA), helping to facilitate a partnership between PPA and the American Red Cross to increase the number of disaster mental health responders in Pennsylvania.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Shari Kim has employment relationships with Chase Brexton Health Care and Trauma Specialists Training Institute. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Shari Kim has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Assess for clinical-signs that a client has been trafficked and determine a proper treatment plan.
  2. Identify evidence-based treatments for addressing trauma in trafficked clients.
  3. Differentiate among the various types of trafficking, including: sex trafficking, labour trafficking, child soldiers and organ donation to better inform clinical assessment and treatment interventions.
  4. Utilize a strength-based treatment approach for clinical issues such as PTSD and Stockholm Syndrome.
  5. Facilitate post traumatic growth among survivors of human trafficking.
  6. Identify the potential clinical impacts of federal laws specific to human trafficking.


Human Trafficking: What You Need to Know
  • Types of trafficking
  • Where people are trafficked
  • Risk factors for trafficking victimization
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks
Clinical Treatment for Human Trafficking Survivors
  • How to identify and what to watch for in-session
  • Identify risk in the clinical interview
  • Trafficking screening and assessment tools
  • How to respond if you suspect trafficking
  • Case example: How the signs of a 16 year old trafficked female go unnoticed
Special Considerations for Populations at High Risk
  • Overcome Brainwashing and Stockholm Syndrome
  • Psychological underpinnings of entry to trafficking
  • Why victims stay (and why they return)
  • Psychological processes of luring in victims
Treating the Trauma of Trafficking
  • Prolonged Exposure, EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy for trafficking related PTSD
  • Strengths-based treatment approaches
  • The essential components of trauma-informed care
Treatment Obstacles and What to do About Them
  • Building and maintaining trust with a trafficking victim
  • The power of brainwashing and who is vulnerable to being trafficked
  • Who is at higher risk of being trafficked
  • Risk of returning to trafficking
  • Safety issues
Post-Traumatic Growth: Transformation from Victim to Survivor
  • Help clients find meaning after trauma
  • Create a comprehensive, individualized recovery plan
  • Case examples: From trauma to recovery
The Legal Process
  • Federal and local trafficking protections
  • Why it’s so difficult to investigate and prosecute trafficking cases
  • The unique protection needs of survivors
  • Case examples

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Professionals
  • Case Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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