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Behavioral Health Providers

Many individuals who have experienced trafficking have experienced multiple traumas over the course of their lives. They develop unique responses to these events as well as coping mechanisms. Develop an internal protocol for referring individuals to behavioral health specialists in your organization and one for outside referrals.

Behavioral health providers can help survivors address their trauma through:

  • Counseling services
  • Treatment for mental health or substance use
  • Sexual assault trauma services
  • Short- and long-term therapy
  • Referrals for more specialized care
  • School-based counselors
  • Medication management

For more information, visit the following organizations and resources:

More Behavioral Health-Specific Resources:

  • Coverdale J., Beresin, E.V., Louie, A.K., Balon, R., & Roberts, L.W. (2016). Human trafficking and psychiatric education: A call to action. Academic Psychiatry, 40(1), 119–123. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40596-015-0462-2 
  • Futures Without Violence. (2018). IPV/Human trafficking and substance abuse and treatment, with a lens on behavioral health, substance abuse programs and DV agencies. [Webinar]. https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/ipvhuman-trafficking-substance-abuse-treatment-lens-behavioral-health-substance-abuse-programs-dv-agencies/
  • Judge, A.M. (2018). Uncharted waters: Developing mental health services for survivors of domestic human sex trafficking. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 26(5), 287–297. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30188340 
  • Newby, A., & McGuinness, T.M. (2012). Human trafficking: What psychiatric nurses should know to help children and adolescents. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 50(4), 21–24. https://doi.org/10.3928/02793695-20120307-03 
  • Nguyen, P.T., Lamkin, J., Coverdale, J.H., Scott, S., Li, K., & Gordon, M.R. (2018). Identifying human trafficking victims on a psychiatry inpatient service: A case series. Psychiatric Quarterly, 89, 341–348. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11126-017-9538-3 
  • Sanar Institute. Promising practices: An overview of trauma-informed therapeutic support for survivors of all forms of human trafficking. Retrieved January 28, 2020, from http://sanar-institute.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/PromisingPractices_TraumaInformedTherputicSupportforSurvivorofHT.pdf 
  • World Health Organization, War Trauma Foundation, and World Vision International. (2011). Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers. https://www.who.int/mental_health/publications/guide_field_workers/en/

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