Human Trafficking: Overview and Practice Recommendations

1:00pm - August 5, 2021 thru 2:30pm - August 5, 2021 | Timezone: US/Eastern
National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC
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This webinar will review human trafficking risk factors. Dr. Contreras will provide an overview of human trafficking in the United States and include issues related to international and domestic trafficking. Using examples from her work with victims and survivors of trafficking, she will explain how the risk of exploitation increases with contextual stressors, such as the current COVID health crisis. The presentation will close with a review of practice recommendations drawing from her experience of developing programs to attend survivors of human trafficking.


Learning objectives:

1. Identify at least two differences and one overlap between domestic and international human trafficking.

2. Learn about individual vulnerabilities to human trafficking.

3. Describe traffickers’ methods of coercion that are challenging for the providers and the public to identify.


Who should attend? This webinar is designed for mental health providers including psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and graduate level students in the mental health field who are interested in learning about the vulnerabilities and uniqueness of this period.



About the speaker:

Paola M. Contreras, PsyD - is an Associate Professor at William James College and a practicing psychologist and psychoanalyst. For over a decade, Dr. Contreras has trained legal, health, and mental health providers on the psychological consequences of human trafficking. At William James College, she teaches classes on trauma, psychotherapy, and research. Dr. Contreras is also the lead researcher of William James College’s Human Trafficking Community Research Hub, where she is the principal investigator on studies related to human trafficking in The United States. Dr. Contreras has also worked with Massachusetts-based organizations to develop effective programming to address the consequences of trafficking. She has received several awards for her work with human trafficking and published widely.


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