Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

Human trafficking is a worldwide, prevalent phenomenon. There are varied forms of human trafficking with which clinicians should be familiar and different signs that they can identify when they encounter individuals they suspect are human trafficking victims. These victims may resist or avoid altogether disclosing their circumstances to providers. Clinicians can help these high-risk clients by being knowledgeable about different aspects of human trafficking and understanding how best to intervene in suspected cases.

This learning material is designed for those practitioners who are interested in recognizing types of trafficking, knowing what international, federal, and state laws apply to victims and traffickers, learning about services available to victims, and implementing screening and counseling techniques with survivors.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you’re ready, purchase the course by clicking the “Add To Cart” or “Enroll” button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define terms associated with human trafficking.
  2. Recognize different forms of human trafficking.
  3. Compare international, federal, and state human trafficking laws.
  4. Identify signs and risk factors of human trafficking.
  5. Explain different types of services for victims of human trafficking.
  6. Describe screening and brief counseling techniques with victims of human trafficking.

Course Syllabus


Human Trafficking Definitions and Terms

Forms of Human Trafficking

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Debt Bondage
  • Other Forms of Trafficking

Prevalence of Human Trafficking

  • Prevalence According to Polaris
  • Prevalence According to the Bureau of Justice
  • Prevalence in the United States

Human Trafficking Myths and Facts

Human Trafficking Laws

  • International Laws
  • U.S. Federal Laws
  • State Laws
  • Tracking, Investigating, and Prosecuting Human Trafficking Cases

Risk Factors and Warning Signs of Human Trafficking

  • Risk Factors
  • Warning Signs

Working with Victims of Human Trafficking

Screening and Assessment

  • Screening Potential Human Trafficking Victims
  • Screening and Assessment Tools

Trauma-Informed Services Safety

  • Trustworthiness and Transparency
  • Collaboration and Mutuality
  • Empowerment, Voice, and Choice
  • Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues
  • Peer Support and Mutual Self-Help

Treatment of Human Trafficking

  • Trauma-Related Disorders
  • Peer Support, Advocacy, and Case Management
  • Crisis Shelters, Housing, and Residential Programs

Organizational Training and Capacity Building




Teresa Crowe, PhD, LICSW

Teresa Crowe, PhD, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker in the District of Columbia and Maryland. She is a professor of social work at Gallaudet University and teaches practice, theory, and research in the MSW program. Her recent research focuses on deaf and hard of hearing populations, especially in the areas of behavioral health, intimate partner violence, telemental health, well-being, and help-seeking.

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