Mar 12 2019
Mar 12 2019: 8:30am–11:45am

Trauma Informed Work with Survivors of Human Trafficking/Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

Medical Education, Mental Health and Behavioral Health

Bradley Conference is designed to provide education for psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, certified counselors, speech/language and occupational therapists, teachers, milieu associates, and other professionals who work with children, adolescents or adults. Topics address different behavioral health populations and treatment modalities and are intended to provide practical, state-of-the-art information.

Bradley Hospital’s clinical expertise, internationally renowned research, and academic affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University make the hospital a unique resource in all areas of behavioral health care. We have designed a wide range of learning experiences to provide the training that behavioral health care professionals need to stay at the forefront of their fields.

All sessions in this series will be held at Bradley Hospital at 1011 Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence, Rhode Island unless otherwise noted.


Jessica Clark, LICSW is the assistant director of the outpatient department at St. Mary’s Home for Children and the creator of the Supporting Teens and Adults At-Risk (STAAR) Project in Rhode Island. The STAAR Project is a community based, intensive program for survivors of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and human trafficking. Clark obtained her master’s degree in social work at Rhode Island College. She is trained in trauma-focused CBT and is an Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) certified mental health specialist. She specializes in the treatment of sexual abuse/trauma and CSEC. Clark provides state-wide training on CSEC and the STAAR Project model. She is actively involved in the state-wide Human Trafficking Task Force and chairs the CSEC Provider Subcommittee of that task force.


This presentation will provide a brief overview of the problem of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and human trafficking. Best-practices for treatment modalities will be presented through a discussion of the framework for the community-based approach to treatment being utilized by the Supporting Teens and Adults At-Risk (STAAR) Project at St. Mary’s Home for Children. This workshop will explore what trauma-informed care truly means in the context of a social service agency providing services to CSEC victims. It will utilize the STAAR Project model to demonstrate the importance of providing trauma informed services through a wrap-around approach. Topics for discussion will include the range of clinical services and the treatment modalities being used with this population, including: Harm reduction, motivational interviewing, and equine assisted psychotherapy, all stemming from a basis in a relational model of care. Case examples will be offered for discussion to illustrate the model in practice.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Define and identify the warning signs and risk factors for commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC)/human trafficking.
  2. Define and identify what trauma-informed care means as applied to victims of CSEC/human trafficking. 
  3. Recognize at least three research-supported best practices for the treatment of victims of csec/human trafficking (or more).


  • Target audience: psychologists, physicians, social workers, and other interested health care professionals
  • Instructional level: Intermediate
  • 3 CE hours/credits 
  • Beverages and light snacks will be offered.


  • Program fee: $59. 
  • Online registration closes on Monday, March 11. 
  • Phone registration: Please call the department of behavioral education at 401-606-5752
  • For refund/cancellation information please email or call Liz DeFreitas at 401-606-5752.

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To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital CME office at 401-444-4260.