OVW Youth Sex Trafficking Learning Collaborative – June, 2021
“Putting Strategy Into Practice”
Join IOFA for these webinars focused on identifying and supporting children and youth at-risk of sex trafficking. The Learning Collaborative will provide three different learning levels to address individual roles, responsibilities, and skill.
You may choose from one of the learning levels as it corresponds with the professional role in your program.
Overview: Participants will strengthen their response to youth sex trafficking by using practical strategies to build on their current programs and policies. The Learning Collaborative will provide training and practical tools to improve how professionals and community members appropriately addresses youth sex trafficking.
The Learning Collaborative consists of an introduction to youth sex trafficking for new grantees and partners as well as for professionals and community members who are new to learning about youth sex trafficking, and three separate levels of trainings catered to the work and professional background of each staff member.
June 7 and 14
The Awareness Level training is for those individuals who are in regular interaction with children, their families, and communities. Individuals in the Awareness Level may work with youth in a supportive role and have the opportunity to get to know them on a regular basis on a team, in a classroom, in a youth group, in an after-school program, or in another group setting.
For individuals in these roles, it is important to be aware of the red flags of sex trafficking and learn to incorporate screenings into regular history taking processes for all youth. All youth who have experienced any trauma or abuse are automatically at risk for exploitation.
June 8, 15, and 22,
The Intervention Level training is for those individuals who provide youth with ongoing trauma-informed and survivor-centered care. Individuals in the Intervention Level may work with youth in high-risk situations. In a group home setting, with homeless or runaway youth, by providing abuse or trauma services, or by providing psychosocial education.
For individuals in these roles who may work with a youth who have experienced sex trafficking or who are at risk for experiencing sex trafficking, it is important to determine if the youth is imminent danger and to develop comprehensive safety plans and make appropriate referrals.
June 9,16, and 23,
The Treatment Level training is for those individuals who are social workers, case managers, or forensic interviewers who are specifically trained in sex trafficking and proving therapy to children and youth. These individuals provide ongoing trauma-informed and victim-centered services such as counseling and trauma-specific therapeutic interventions and utilize comprehensive evaluations and therapy tools such as EMDR, DBT, BioPsychoSocials, Brainspotting, and trauma therapies.
For individuals in these roles who are working with youth who may be at risk for sex trafficking, assessment will assess and document scope, nature, severity, and impact of suspected trafficking and determine a youth’s safety.
Engaging Men and Boys as Allies Grantees and their partners only. Discussion and Strategy to integrate an Effective Response to Youth Sex Trafficking within OVW funded programming.