A Restored Life is Within Reach for Survivors of Sexual Trauma The statistics are startling. Every 2 minutes in the United States, a person is a victim of a sexual assault. Over the last twenty years, 4.2 million Americans have been sexually traumatized. This is a seismic event that crosses racial, gender, and socioeconomic lines to impact every facet of a person’s being. It is at the heart of many presenting issues that clinicians encounter in their practices, including relationship challenges, substance abuse disorders, and chronic health problems. Current clinical approaches often miss the mark, overlooking the most essential and complicating factors of treatment. This contributes to clients regressing and identifying even more strongly with their trauma. Now there is hope for these survivors and those who love them. Melissa Bradley-Ball, an esteemed trainer and speaker on issues of trauma and resiliency, guides you through a resilience-based, multi-modal approach that emphasizes the possibility of post-traumatic growth. Help your clients identify and avoid the activation rituals in their lives. Involve the larger family as important team members in the healing process. Use proven somatic grounding, energy psychology, and cognitive-behavioral techniques to help clients in their heroic journey toward restoration.
Are there kids on your caseload that your gut tells you something is not right? Often that is the first clue clinicians have that a child is being trafficked. Parents miss it, educators miss it, and unfortunately too many therapists miss the telltale signs. This workshop will immerse you in the experiences of commercially sexually exploited youth and provide you with competencies to work effectively from a trauma-informed perspective. In this recording, learn from Kathleen Leilani Ja Sook Bergquist, JD, PhD, LCSW, as she draws on more than 20 years of working with survivors of sexual assault. Dr. Bergquist will show you effective clinical strategies to: Identify trafficked children and adolescents Work with youth that are often justice-involved and/or in foster care Break the trauma bond that allows the trafficker to control the child Identify trauma-specific evidence-based approaches, there is no one approach fits all! Working with these children can be complex, they often don’t see themselves as victims, and unprepared but well-intended clinicians can replace the trafficker from the youth’s perspective. As a clinician, there is nothing more rewarding than helping youth free themselves from the trauma bond of those who exploit them.