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).
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.
This webinar is designed to help participants:
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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.
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