Human trafficking is a highly complex issue which requires a sophisticated set of counseling skills in order to help victims recover from the effects of trauma. This training will assist in equipping Christian professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary for helping survivors heal. Topics will include the common experiences of survivors, detailed discussions of the methods traffickers use to control victims, and the long-lasting impact of those methods. Also included are specific techniques and treatment modalities used in working with victims of this crime.
Upon successful completion of the training participants will be eligible for a 7.5 CEUs Certificate
Registration is open until March 23 or until the training is full.
As a result of this training, participants will:
Trafficking of persons, or human trafficking, is an illegal activity that touches all nations and has long-lasting physical, social, and psychological consequences for the survivor as well as all those involved. Traffickers exploit both genders, all ethnicities, the aged and young, as well as the educated and unschooled. No people group is left untouched by this crime.
Currently, trafficking of persons is at epidemic proportions. While it is difficult to know exactly how many people are currently being trafficked, it is estimated that approximately 27 million individuals worldwide are enslaved. In fact, trafficking is one of the chief global crimes, producing billions of dollars annually, and is expected to surpass, if it has not already done so, both drug and weapons trafficking in revenue within the next few years. After all, a trafficker can sell an individual multiple times but can only sell a drug or weapon once. This very fact makes trafficking people attractive to organized crime rings.
Beginning in the 1990’s the mental health community slowly began to recognize the need for information on trafficking, specifically treatment interventions. Therapists adapted sexual assault treatment plans to use with survivors of trafficking. They quickly realized that the problem was much more complex and are only recently beginning to understand the profound impact trafficking has on its victims. The effects of trafficking on the victim are numerous and profound. Exposure to chronic victimization increases the risk of physical and psychological difficulties. In fact, routine abuse results in a wide range of expected symptoms from impaired cognitive functioning to attachment disorders.
The Christian community is leading the way in creating awareness of the problem, advocating for the victims and their families, as well as providing a distinctly Christian approach for mental health needs. More advanced training and resources are needed to assist in these efforts. This training is designed to help to equip those who Christ has called to care for those victimized by trafficking.
Dr. Shannon Wolf is a Licensed Professional Counselor with supervisory status in Texas as well as a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor. She has served as the director of Southcliff Christian Counseling Center since 2003. Shannon has earned a PhD in Psychology and Counseling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a doctoral minor in Foundations of Education. She has a Masters of Marriage and Family Counseling degree, also from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Shannon works with a wide range of client concerns including various types of trauma, depression, anxiety, marriage and family concerns, among other issues. She adjusts her counseling techniques to fit the unique needs of her clients. Shannon’s approach to helping people is Christ-centered and biblically-based. She continues to research issues concerning trauma and recovery and is currently focusing on child sex trafficking issues.
Shannon and her family are active members of their local church family. They also served as international missionaries in Eastern Europe. Her love for cultures is reflected in her humanitarian work both nationally and abroad.
March 24-31, 2023
6:00pm-8:30pm CDT each date
7.5 CEUs Certificate