Trauma and Trafficking:
Comprehending the Complexity of Trafficking as Trauma
This year’s theme focuses on awareness and understanding of the complexity of human trafficking (HT) as trauma which causes victims/survivors to endure multiple, long-lasting consequences. Expert speakers will present plenaries and workshops on numerous topics including definitions, legislative updates, statistical data, comprehensive treatment approaches, and HT myths. Learning to identify and relate to trafficking survivors/victims knowledgeably, compassionately and respectfully within daily and professional environments is vital to the recovery, well-being, and stability of traumatized individuals.
You will leave being able to:
1) explain and discuss the links between prostitution, coercive mental control, and dissociative symptoms.
2) describe and define ‘human-trafficking’, its prevalence in Anchorage/nationwide/internationally, how it affects survivors, and how to identify and treat victims.
3) describe general principles of the therapy of complex dissociative disorders.
4) explain and define the relationship between childhood trauma and how it effects people within the dissociative spectrum including: different types of trauma (sexual abuse, physical/emotional abuse, human trafficking, ritual abuse) and effects of trauma (dissociative disorders, developmental delays, neurological effects, addiction, eating disorders, self-harm, suicide ideation, depression, and anxiety).
5) explain and describe current designs of psychotherapy treatment studies and outcomes through literature, strategies, techniques, neurology and clinical implications of treatments in the area of trauma and dissociation.
6) explain, describe, and define how practicing trauma-informed care can resolve issues within therapeutic relationships including: ethical, boundaries, safety, shame, trust, confidentiality, attachment to perpetrator, cultural differences, core beliefs, expectations, and misunderstandings.
7) demonstrate practical knowledge of trauma-informed care through open discussion, brief case consultations, question and answer sessions, workshops, and discussion panels presented by renowned experts in the field of trauma and dissociation.
8) demonstrate the skills, education, and knowledge gathered during this conference that can be practiced in daily life or within the clinical setting – whether professionals, survivors of trauma, or those who support trauma survivors.
Who is Invited?
Everyone interested in the topic is welcome to come. This is an important topic with so many folks interested in learning more. If you are a survivor, a supporter, or a professional who works with survivors, you will benefit from attending this conference.
The topic of human trafficking keeps coming up since our last conference held in Seattle where we presented a human-trafficking (HT) panel led by Jerome Elam. Survivors with dissociative disorder were surprised to discover that they had experienced HT, and professionals were surprised to learn that HT is a form of trauma that many survivors have experienced.
This is an area where we all need to learn more. Presenters are aware that audience is diverse and will take care to keep the information as non-triggering as possible. Though we do have some survivors presenting and including some of their experiences, all presentations are educational, and all presenters are qualified.
We have set aside two smaller room for attendees to relax and do artwork or just talk. Every detail has been made to make your stay relaxing, informative, educational, and fun. CEU’s are available through the NASW.
2018 Anchorage Human Trafficking Conference Guest Speakers
COLIN A. ROSS, M.D.
Colin A. Ross received his M.D. from the University of Alberta in 1981 and completed his psychiatry training at the University of Manitoba in 1985. He has been running a Trauma Program in the Dallas, Texas area since 1991 and consults to two other Trauma Programs, one at Forest View Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan and one at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, California. His Texas Trauma Program moved to UBH Denton in September, 2015. Dr. Ross is the author of 28 books and 200 professional papers and is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Ross has spoken widely throughout North America and in Europe, China, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. Besides his psychiatric research and writing, Dr. Ross has written poetry, short stories, essays, aphorisms, creative non-fiction, and screenplays. Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma Website
Plenary and Workshops:
“HOW TO DIAGNOSE DISSOCIATIVE DISORDERS” – 1 CEU
Saturday, May 4, 2018
In this talk, Dr. Ross will describe the clinical interview for diagnosing dissociative disorders, with a focus on dissociative identity disorder (DID). He will describe how to ask about blank spells, auditory hallucinations, and other symptoms common in DID. In addition, he will describe how to use the Dissociative Disorders Interview Schedule (DDIS) and Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) for screening and to help with diagnosis. Attendees will be provided with copies of the DES and DDIS for use in their practices: both can be used without further permission.
- To describe how to conduct a clinical diagnostic interview for complex dissociative disorders.
- To describe the use of the DES and DDIS for screening and diagnostic purposes.
- To describe the core symptom features of dissociative identity disorder.
“PRINCIPLES OF THERAPY FOR COMPLEX DISSOCIATIVE DISORDERS” – 1 CEU
Saturday, May 4, 2018
In this talk, Dr. Ross will describe the core principles of therapy for complex dissociative disorders. These include: the central paradox of dissociative identity disorder (DID); the problem of host resistance; talking through to alters; and orientation to the body and the present. The treatment of DID and partial forms of DID (other specified dissociative disorder in DSM-5) are basically the same – the treatment involves all the principles of sound general psychotherapy including good boundaries, unconditional positive regard, accurate empathy, and congruence, but with some added sub-specialty techniques added on. Dr. Ross will focus on some of these sub-specialty techniques.
- To describe the core principles of therapy for complex dissociative disorders.
- To describe specific treatment strategies through case examples.
- To provide a forum for questions and discussion concerning treatment of complex dissociative disorders.
“OPEN DISCUSSION” 1 CEU
Questions and Answers
Saturday, May 4, 2018
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
In this session Dr. Colin Ross will provide an open forum for attendees to ask questions and engage in discussion around trauma-related topics. Clarification of any points that were not made clear by the presenters in their previous talks may be addressed. This is also an opportunity for attendees to ask questions related to their own clinical work. This will be an interactive workshop.
- To provide a forum for open questions and discussion.
- To provide attendees an opportunity for brief case consultations.
- To clarify any points not made clear in previous talks by the presenter.
MELISSA FARLEY, PHD, Executive Director of Prostitution Research & Education
Melissa Farley, Ph.D. is the executive director of Prostitution Research and Education, a resource for scholars, policymakers, survivors of prostitution, and advocates. Farley has 49 publications in the field of violence against women, of which 33 peer-reviewed articles focus on prostitution, pornography, and sex trafficking. Her work, with many coauthors, has been used by governments in South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Ghana, Spain, South Korea, United Kingdom, Cambodia, and United States for education and policy development. She co-authored the first international survey of prostitution and PTSD in nine countries (2003); the first psychological research on the lives of trafficked Native American women in the United States (2011); and the first study comparing sex buyers to non-sex buyers (2015). www.prostitutionresearch.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plenary and Workshop
“Prostitution, Coercive Mental Control, and Dissociative Symptoms” – 1 CEU
Friday, May 4, 2018
“Open Discussion with Melissa Farley, Ph.D.” – 1 CEU
Dr. MARA KIMMEL, First Lady of the Municipality of Anchorage
Dr. Mara Kimmel has a long career in Alaskan public policy focused on issues of rights and justice. She is currently an affiliate faculty member at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at UAA and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of the North. Mara was recently appointed by the Governor of the State of Alaska to serve on the state’s Climate Leadership Team. She has been on faculty at the Seattle University School of Law Anchorage campus, the department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage and served as the Walter J. Hickel Professor of Strategic Development and Entrepreneurship at Alaska Pacific University. Mara is currently First Lady of the Municipality of Anchorage where she is involved with several city initiatives focused on equity, resilience and combating human trafficking. Mara has practiced law in Alaska since 1996, and co-founded the Alaska Institute for Justice – Alaska’s only non-profit agency providing low cost immigration legal services, language access services and research and policy analysis on issues impacting human rights in Alaska. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mara worked with Alaska Native tribes on environmental governance issues.
Plenary and Workshops:
May 4, 2018
“Conference Welcome Statements”
ERIN PATTERSON, MA, F.B.I. Victim Specialist
To be added soon.
JOSHUA MOORE, MAC, LMHC, BCN
Joshua Moore has a Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) from Multnomah University, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and is Board Certified in Neurofeedback (BCN). Joshua is the owner of Alternative Behavioral Therapy and has been practicing Neurofeedback with dissociation in conjunction with local therapists since 2013. Joshua currently uses a variety of therapies, such as Infra-low Neurofeedback, Alpha-theta, SRM Training, EMDR, CES, BAUD, Play Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Psycho-dynamic Therapy.
To be added soon.
JEROME ELAM, President and CEO: Trafficking in America Task Force
Jerome Elam is President and CEO of Trafficking in America Task Force and a survivor of child sex trafficking, child abuse, and child pornography. He is also the child of an alcoholic and a child survivor of domestic violence as well as a child of divorce. Raised in the south, Jerome enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of seventeen to escape the nightmare he had become trapped in. That day, Jerome’s life found a new beginning as he embarked upon a journey that would show him the world and open his eyes to the strength of the human spirit. After his enlistment was finished, Jerome attended college and graduated to work in the Biotechnology sector. Motivated by the painful memory of his past, Jerome began to speak out about his abuse and found the healing force of God’s unconditional love and the joy of starting his own family. He is a fierce advocate for all children deprived of their voices, a speaker, a Staff Writer and Columnist for Communities Digital News and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. When asked to describe his life Jerome says,” I have struggled against many things in my life and somehow I found a way to survive. Writing is my passion and it keeps me in touch with the wealth everyone holds deep inside their hearts and minds. I share my experiences in the hope that those suffering in silence will find the courage to speak out and share their voices. I have been blessed to have God reveal his purpose for me in saving innocent children from predators.” Trafficking in America Task Force Web Site: http://traffickinginamericataskforce.org/ , Read Jerome’s Communities Digital News column here: A Heart Without Compromise; Advocating for Children: http://www.commdiginews.com/column/a-heart-without-compromise-advocating-for-children-2/ Stories by Jerome Elam : Contently jeromeelam.contently.com .
May 4, 2018
“Trafficked Boys: Bringing male victims of HT out of the shadows” – 1 CEU
KATE WHITE, Recording Artist, Speaker, Worship Leader, Songwriter and Violinist
Kate White is a Recording Artist, Speaker, Worship Leader, Songwriter and Violinist. Kate tours regionally with her band and nationally as a solo artist and speaker. She is the Founder of Music That Matters, an organization dedicated to bringing hope to the hurting. As a trauma survivor Kate began songwriting as a way to help process her own healing journey. 15 years later, Kate’s 6th album and recent release, Six Feet Down, has synthesized her deeper understanding of trauma and dissociation with lyrics and music that help give a voice to the voiceless, and strength for the journey. Music that Matters Website
Please register early. Our last conference sold out with about 240 folks. This venue will accommodate about the same amount of attendees. The venue is comfortable and not too big.
We will be offering scholarships again, and we can use volunteers. Thank you all for your continued support.
Please be patient as we will be updating the conference information for next couple of months. Thank you. If you have questions, please contact me.
Pat Goodwin, MA
President Ivory Garden