Work in Progress: Treatment Activation

One-Day Workshop

CEUs for this workshop are available for social workers nationally. Currently, mental health and STC CEUs are available only in California. 

Attendance at a three-day conference is required before attending this workshop. A foundational understanding of the trauma CSEC youth have lived is critical to prevent causing additional trauma and to facilitate successful healing. 

FIGHTING WORDS. DEESCALATING THE INTERVIEW PROCESS.

We often use the term “trauma-informed” loosely in CSEC discussions, assuming all professionals have the same understanding of its meaning. How do we make our conversations with CSEC youth intentionally trauma-informed, including during the initial assessment process? Our words have the power to engage the youth in the healing process or trigger the flight reflex.

ONE SIZE (DOES NOT) FIT ALL: CREATING A ROBUST TREATMENT PLAN.

Understand the imperative components of a long-term treatment plan, how to build and adjust the plan how to give the child a voice in the plan, and how to work together to execute the plan for long-term success.

SCOUTING REPORT: DETERMINING THE RIGHT PLACEMENT.

What are the critical components to a successful placement, whether it is a safe house, a resource home, a group home, or the child’s own home. Should the child be placed in the area where trafficked or a placement out of the area or even state? This session discusses crucial decisions for successful placement.

JUST THE BEGINNING: THE TRANSITION PLAN.

Many times, children “finish” a long-term treatment plan or CSEC placement just to quickly fall right back into trafficking. The culprit often can be traced back to the lack of a transition plan. Healing from the ravages of sex trafficking doesn’t fit nicely into the boxes of a few months on the calendar. It is an ongoing process that requires essential healing and coping components to continue. Otherwise, the progress in the child’s life, as well as the investment of time and money, go down the drain.

Deena Graves