TScreen shot 2014-05-07 at 7.28.10 AMhis Friday, May 9 workshop, The Understanding and Treatment of Sexually Trafficked Children and Young Women, will address the understanding of sexual and psychological trauma of children and young women that have been sexually abused, exploited and trafficked. The aftereffects of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other psychological sequelae will be explored and recommendations for effective treatment and support presented.

The free workshop, which is targeted to clinical providers (psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, etc), first responders, law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates, medical providers/personnel, and service providers, will be held from 9am-4pm at Central Union Church, Parish Hall. (RSVP to Info@hoolanapua.org)

The issue of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and children is an increasing problem nation-wide, which can leave lasting devastating effects on an individual and their families. Victims often suffer from complex posttraumatic stress disorder which is often under recognized and misunderstand by providers attempting to intervene and provide support. It is vital for providers to understand the best practices, interventions, and approaches to working with this population.

The presenters include, George F. Rhoades, Jr., Ph.D., a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Director of Ola Hou Clinic and International Author and Workshop Director; and Jessica R. Munoz, RN, BSN, MSN, APRN-RX, FNP-BCLead Nurse Practitioner for Emergency Medicine Physicians at Pali Momi Medical Center, and author on the issue of sex trafficking and the role of the health care professional.

Areas to be addressed in Workshop:

What is sex trafficking/ sexual exploitation?

Signs and Symptoms

History of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Understanding Psychological/Sexual Trauma

Understanding PTSD (DSM-IV and DSM-V)

Risk Factors and Resiliency in PTSD

Type 1, 2, & 3 Trauma

The Effects of Trauma on the Brain

“A” List of Psychological Treatments of PTSD

  • Prolonged-exposure therapy
  • Cognitive-processing therapy
  • Stress-inoculation training
  • Other forms of cognitive therapy
  • Eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing
  • Medications

Creative techniques for the treatment of psychological trauma

Identification and Protocol Development

Special Group Application:

  • Clinical Providers
  • Medical Personnel
  • Prosecutors
  • Law Enforcement
  • Educators
  • Victim Advocates