Human Trafficking

When: June 28, 2018
Where: Lottie Beal Gibson Center of Excellence
130 Industrial Drive, Greenville, SC 29607
Training: Human Trafficking
Presenter: Jen Thompson
Time: Registration 8:30 9:00AM to 4:30PM
Lunch on your own from 12:00-1:00
Credit: 6 Hours
Audience: Art Therapists, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, School Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Medical Professionals
Fee: Registration is $75.00 Employees of BHSA Region 1 Agencies (A/OBHS, BHSPC, CCCADA, The Forrester Center, UCCADA, Phoenix Center, Cornerstone, Newberry, Saluda, Laurens, plus Spartanburg and Anderson/Oconee Mental Health) may attend monthly Region 1 trainings at no charge; however, registration is needed in advance.
Description: Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that negatively impacts millions of lives worldwide. It destroys people’s dignity, impedes their human rights, and obstructs their freedom. While many perceive human trafficking as a criminal activity that occurs overseas, this heinous crime is happening throughout the United States, including in South Carolina. This training provides an overview of Human Trafficking in the Upstate: What is it, how to recognize it, and things to do to combat it.
1. Define human trafficking and potential red flags.
2. Identify sexual abuse vs. sexual assault and the bridge between sex abuse and sex trafficking.
3. Compare sexual exploitation vs. commercial sex trafficking.
4. Discuss how to talk to a victim and whom to contact.
5. Recognize the dangers of social media
6. Describe the brain’s response to trauma and the mindset of the victim.
7. Debunk human trafficking myths and why boys are overlooked.
Jen Thompson is the Executive Director of Lighthouse for Life. She has her undergraduate degrees in Mass Communication as well as Physical Education. Jen worked for 15 years in public education. While working full time, she continued her education and graduated from USC-Columbia with her Masters in Educational Leadership in 2013. Jen was a volunteer for about a year for Lighthouse for Life before becoming Executive Director in February of 2016. Jen is a person of deep faith and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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