Trauma Recovery Support Teams for Human Trafficking Survivors


Debbie Lassiter, DDiv, HMCT & Sylvia Michele Cohen, PhD, LPC | September 21 | 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Topic: Direct Service | Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Dr. Debbie Lassiter and Dr. S Michele Cohen have over 40 years’ experience working with traumatized individuals and have developed a strategy of building Trauma Recovery Support Teams (TRST) for human trafficking survivors. TRST uses a multi-disciplinary approach to provide collaboration and a safety net during the healing process. The expertise needed to walk alongside severely traumatized survivors requires a team working together in agreement. Learn how the team is built, who the participants are, and how to identify their roles. Participants will hear case studies from Wisconsin and review the importance of the team including how it impacted the survivor. How does the team communicate? When does someone need a break or need to step back? Which techniques should the team use and how are next steps determined? Are there requirements to be on the team, if so what are they? A team approach has proven successful in helping survivors as well as supporting team members to avoid compassion fatigue. Family members, friends or anyone supporting a survivor through their journey of healing is welcome to attend. This workshop will also include a demonstration of some of the techniques currently used at Convergence Resource Center.

Presentation Objectives:

·  Explore the importance of being part of a team to support a survivor.

·  Define the importance of a single-minded approach when working with a survivor.

·  Identify other members of the trauma recovery team to create support.

·  Explain the makeup of a trauma recovery team.

·  Describe possible trauma recovery techniques for survivors.

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