UNICEF estimates that over 2 million children are being sold for sex world wide and at least 100,000 children in the United States have been coerced into the sex trade. These statistics do not even include the many women and boys that have been ensnared by sex trafficking. It is important to understand the impact of the sex trafficking industry and it is also important to understand how to partner with survivors as they heal. Women and children need compassion and care as they recover from the trauma that comes from being sexually exploited. Tracy has been providing care to survivors and training to organizations for the last six years. She has co-developed a therapeutic model for working with survivors of sex trafficking and has helped to create multiple programs for survivors coming out of the sex industry. It is Tracy's desire to equip and educate professionals and organizations to walk alongside survivors as they heal. Hope for restoration and healing is essential when working with women and children that have been enslaved and traumatized. Tracy's interactive style of training and consultation engages trainees and encourages mutual growth. Tracy enjoys the creative process of developing new programs and meeting the needs of organizations that want to empower the women and children they serve. To schedule Tracy for training or consultation please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (404)293-4153
- Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation: This training begins with a basic overview of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic minor sex trafficking. Depending on the depth desired the training can also include case studies and tools for practical application when working with survivors. The stages of change model will be looked at in regards to exploitation and how that impacts treatment and the way we interact with survivors. We also look at the normalization of sexual harm in media and our culture will be explored, while identifying ways to engage in conversations with survivors around media.
- CSEC Revisited: CSEC-Revisited approach was developed out of recognition that existing trauma models do not fully address the complex needs of survivors of commercial and sexual exploitation. The model was the collaborative effort of Annie Kelahan, LPC, A.T.R., BC, and Tracy Busse, LPC. The name “CSEC- Revisited” was created in the hopes of communicating the belief that survivors of sexual exploitation are more than their experience. The approach is deeply rooted in the belief that transformation and healing can occur despite the trauma that is experienced when people are exploited.
- Intro to Strength Based Approaches: The strength-based approach is widely used among residential facilities and providers that work with children and adolescents. The strength-based approach focuses on an individual’s strengths and utilizes that strength to gain movement in areas of challenge. This training will provide core skills for daily interactions that lead to stronger rapport with clients, increased motivation in treatment, fewer power struggles and authentic change. The training will include opportunities for role play and practice with the model.
- Utilizing Strength-Based Approaches to Set Limits and Create Opportunities for Change: When working with any group of children or adults in residential or outpatient treatment setting boundaries can be a challenge. This training focuses on utilizing the strength-based approach to set healthy limits and provide choices that lead to pro-social behaviors. The training will also provide a frame work for using strength-based tools when providing consequences and how to pair that with existing program structures. Case studies, role play, and practice of skills will be utilized throughout training.
- Boundaries: This training is specifically for staff working in residential settings. This training will provide staff with a holistic framework for interacting with residents that is both ethical and safe. It will teach strength-based skills for setting boundaries with residents and other staff. The training will also provide ways to remain professional in a residential setting, while still developing healthy relationships with co-workers and residents.
- Trauma-Informed Care: When working with traumatized clients it is important to come from a trauma informed perspective. This training will provide a basic overview of different types of trauma and how that trauma impacts people’s daily functioning. During this training participants will learn about the diagnostic criteria for PTSD and attachment disorders. Practical applications for residential and outpatient facilities will be identified based on a trauma informed perspective.
- Strength-Based Spirituality: This training is tailored specifically for organizations that want to provide holistic care from a Christian perspective. In this training we will talk about ethical approaches to providing holistic care to clients from all religious backgrounds and we will identify ways to gently integrate faith into daily practice. The training will look at how Jesus modeled strength-based approaches and how He provided people with the opportunity to explore their beliefs in a non-threatening environment. The training will also look at how personal spiritual growth impacts our ability to show grace and acceptance when providing care for others.
- Relapse Prevention for Survivors: When working with survivors of sexual exploitation it is common for survivors to return to “the life” after they have been through treatment. Participants will learn about the Cycle of Behavior Model and will learn tools for utilizing it in treatment. Participants will also learn about the stages of change model and how each stage looks when working with participants. The stages and cycle will be broken down to explore strength-based tools for interaction depending on the stage the survivor is working on. Role play and case studies will be utilized to practice skills.
- The Power of a Story: This training is specifically for organizations working with survivors of sexual exploitation. Sex Trafficking has become a buzz word in the media and there has been an increase of survivors speaking about their stories. This training will look at the healing process trauma victims go through and when it is most helpful in that process to share their story. The training will identify ways helpers can partner with women and girls that have survived exploitation and how to honor their stories and healing process.
- Social, Cultural, and Gender Awareness: This training is to expose people helpers to social, cultural, and gender issues that may arise in the work place. The training will provide a deeper understanding of how to interact with others from different backgrounds. For organizations that work with exploited persons this training will also look at the micro-culture of “the life” and how that impacts daily interactions as well as goal setting for treatment.
- Attending to Burnout and Secondary Trauma: When working with people that have been severely traumatized it is normal for caregivers to experience burnout and secondary trauma. This training will look at tools for assessing what is commonly referred to as compassion fatigue and explore tools to attend to the needs of care givers. The training will also look at Laura van Dernoot Lipsky’s approach of Trauma Stewardship. The five directions she writes about will be explored and applied to your group’s specific area of practice.
- Other Training Topics: Understanding Addiction, Incorporating Family Systems Model into Treatment, Developing Guiding Principles and Utilizing Them in Care, Becoming a Strength-Based Leader, Utilizing Creativity in Treatment, Global and Economic Impacts of Sex Trafficking, Integration of Spirituality in Therapy, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Being an Advocate for Survivors, and others based on request.
*Length of Trainings will vary based on individual needs
*Trainings will be tailored to specific treatment groups