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Digital Seminar

Human Trafficking Hidden in Plain Sight: Essential Identification & Treatment Techniques to Help Clients Recover & Build Thriving Lives

Shari Kim, PhD, CCDC
Approx. 6 Hours
Audio and Video
Oct 31, 2023
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With an estimated 25-40 million people worldwide subjected to human trafficking annually, it’s likely 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.

And, understanding trauma alone is not enough to effectively treat clients who have endured or are currently enduring this unimaginable suffering.

Their experience is compounded by brainwashing and Stockholm Syndrome, creating a uniquely intricate set of needs that demand specialized attention.

Watch this immersive training led by renowned expert, Dr. Shari Kim, and equip yourself with the skills to recognize and empower victims and survivors of human trafficking.

Dr. Kim will guide you through the essential identification and treatment techniques necessary to address the distinctive needs of clients who have faced repeated and intrusive trauma. In this training, you will learn how to confidently and effectively:

  • Identify the signs a client has been trafficked including what to watch for in-session
  • Discern between victims of sex trafficking, labor trafficking, benefits tracking, child soldiers, and organ donation
  • Treat symptoms of PTSD, Stockholm Syndrome, and brainwashing
  • Gain a new appreciation of the role addictive substances play in trafficking organizations
  • Create the appropriate therapeutic environment to enable the best clinical outcomes
  • Facilitate post traumatic growth to help clients find meaning after trauma

As a mental health professional, you have the power to make a tangible difference.

Purchase now and step into your role as a compassionate, informed, and effective ally for survivors of human trafficking. The path to healing starts with you.


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Chase Brexton Health Care

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.

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  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, labor 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
  • High risk populations and locations
  • Psychological processes of luring in victims
  • Unique protection needs of survivors

Identifying Human Trafficking Even When It’s Hidden in Plain Sight

  • What to watch for in therapy
  • Identify risk in the clinical interview
  • 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

What You Need to Know Before You Start Working with Survivors

  • Psychological underpinnings of entry
  • Why victims stay...and why they return
  • Key factors to establishing boundaries
  • The legal aspects of trafficking: Case Example

The Critical First Steps to Effective Treatment
Understanding How to Combat:

  • Psychological effects of trafficking
  • Trauma bonding and unique attachment styles
  • Brainwashing and Stockholm Syndrome

Treating the PTSD of Trafficking

  • Prolonged Exposure, EMDR, Cognitive
  • Processing Therapy
  • Strengths-based treatment approaches
  • Essential components of traumainformed care
  • Diagnosis and pitfalls to avoid

Treatment Obstacles and What to do About Them

  • How to build and maintain client’s trust
  • 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

Target Audience

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



Overall:      4.7

Total Reviews: 20


Abraham E

"excellent presentation"

Jodi G

"honestly, this is the best training I've taken in years"

Jim R

"thanks for letting veterans attend these for free!"

Donna G

"Great Training and Great Trainer"

Robin T

"I thought this was very well done and extremely timely as well as kept me interested - meaning I didn't want to miss anything. Great job."

Scott D

"Its annoying how many questions you ask. "


"Thank you so much! I learned a great deal today. I was initially fearful of hearing horror stories and not being able to sleep as i have children and grandchildren but it ended up being so insightful and educational that I am now more equipped to prevent teach and help others. It was worth facing my fears today. "

Christine W

"We didn't need 15 minutes per case study. That seemed awfully long to figure out the needs."

Susan R


Clairressa G

"Very interesting presentation. Learned a lot. Quiz was too long and the multiple choice items are written in a font that this too light making them are to see, please make them darker"

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