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Bita Ghafoori Recorded Webinar: A review of mental health needs and trauma treatment in human trafficking survivors

Subcategories: TOPIC | Trauma (PTSD / Child Abuse / Intimate Partner Violence / etc.)  

1.5 Hours of CE

$25 for members / $15 for student members / $35 for non-members

Moderator: Carmen McLean, PhD


Human trafficking (HT) is a violation of human rights and a significant global health problem that may span various ages, genders, ethnic groups, socioeconomic groups and exploitation experiences (Chisolm-Straker & Stoklosa, 2017; Kiss et al., 2015; Shandro et al., 2016). Due to the invisible nature of trafficking, the lack of a central database to track cases, the low rate of disclosure, and the under-recognition and criminalization by authorities, the true prevalence of HT across the globe is unknown (Stransky & Finkelhor, 2012). Sexual trauma and psychological aggression are core experiences of women who are victims of sex trafficking (Menon et al., 2020). Yet many barriers to help-seeking may exist for this population of trauma survivors. Common psychological difficulties associated with human trafficking include depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse disorders, as well as impairment in functioning (Ghafoori & Taylor, 2017; Menon et al., 2020). This impact reveals the fundamental role that mental health services play in the urgent and long-term response to the needs of victims (Kiss et al., 2015).

About the Presenter:

Dr. Bita Ghafoori is a Professor of Counseling Psychology at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and the Founder and Director of the CSULB-based Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center (LBTRC). Her research and clinical work focuses on mental-health equity, mental-health services, and dissemination of evidence-based trauma treatments to culturally diverse groups. Dr. Ghafoori has published extensively on her work. She has also given presentations to multiple groups nationally and internationally on her research and clinical work.

Learning Objectives

This webinar is designed to help participants:

  1. Understand the impact of various types of traumatic events on the mental health of human trafficking survivors
  2. Understand the known barriers for seeking care in this population
  3. Review a trauma informed approach for screening and assessing survivors of human trafficking
  4. Understand existing literature on treatment for trauma in human trafficking survivors

 Recommended Readings: 

Banović, B., & Bjelajac, Z. (2012). Traumatic experiences, psychophysical consequences and needs of human trafficking victims. Vojnosanitetski Pregled, 69(1), 94-97.

Chisolm-Straker, M., & Stoklosa, H. (Eds.). (2017). Human trafficking is a public health issue: A Paradigm Expansion in the United States. Springer International.

Ghafoori, B., & Taylor, R. (2017). Age-related differences in trauma experiences, mental- health needs, and mental-health-service use in victims of human trafficking: A pilot   investigation of transition-aged youth compared to older adults. Journal of Human  Trafficking, 3(4), 259-270.

Hemmings, S., Jakobowitz, S., Abas, M., Bick, D., Howard, L. M., Stanley, N., Zimmerman, C., & Oram, S. (2016). Responding to the health needs of victims of human       trafficking: a systematic review. BMC Health Services Research, 16(1).

Menon, B., Stoklosa, H., Van Dommelen, K., Awerbuch, A., Caddell, L., Roberts, K., & Potter, J. (2020). Informing Human Trafficking Clinical Care Through Two Systematic Reviews on Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, 2(5), 932-945.         

Ottisova, L., Hemmings, S., Howard, L.M., Zimmerman, C., & Oram, S. (2016). Prevalence and risk of violence and the mental, physical and sexual health problems associated with human trafficking: an updated systematic review. Epidemiology and Psychiatric   Sciences, 25(4), 317–341.

Salami, T., Gordon, M., Coverdale, J., & Nguyen, P. T. (2018). What therapies are favored in the treatment of the psychological sequelae of trauma in human trafficking victims? Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 24(2), 87–96.  


About the Moderator: Carmen P. McLean, PhD. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and researcher in the Dissemination and Training Division of the National Center for PTSD at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System and a Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliate) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Her research examines ways to increase the reach of exposure therapies for PTSD by addressing therapist and clinic-level implementation barriers and testing eHealth and mHealth interventions, with the overall goal of helping more individuals with PTSD benefit from evidence-based treatment.



All attendees will receive a certificate of completion when the course requirements are satisfied. Certificates of completion is included in the cost of the webinar

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Social Work: This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers  (NASW Approval # 886427222-2563).

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Member Price: $25.00
Non-Member Price: $35.00

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