We must face the facts of the impact our choices may have on the lives of others. Whether we know it or not, we consume goods and services that are very likely to have some connection to a trafficked person. Human trafficking is defined by The United Nations as the “recruitment, transportation, harboring or receipt of persons by means of force, fraud or coercion.” Traffickers have no bias. They will steal and abuse women, men, or children of any color or creed — all for profit in a trade that brings in over $150 billion each year worldwide according to The International Labor Organization which also estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally, including 5.5 million children, 55% are women and girls.
The aim of the human trafficking training for mental health professionals is to heighten awareness of human trafficking, thus improving victim identification efforts and creating an environment of safe and appropriate care. Additionally, the training will help healthcare workers understand how they can play a role in the prevention of human trafficking in their communities.
Based on Kim Kubal’s history of human trafficking trauma and other extreme abuse, her many, many years of intense therapy, 12 step recovery work, working on herself, she more than most can teach a class of this sensitivity in nature. She is Executive Director of Your Strength to Heal, a nonprofit with the long-term goal of establishing a residential holistic treatment center for women, men and children healing from extreme abuse and all types of trauma. She is currently studying to be a therapist, having worked in this field for many years. Indeed, Kim has a broader perspective than most, being not only a survivor, but teacher, inspirational speaker, and therapist in training.
Kim has designed this class for mental health professionals along with the help of other colleagues working in the field of human trafficking. The class is an all day training covering topics such as the story of human trafficking by a person who has lived through this ordeal. It includes meditation, exercises to release faulty beliefs/biases around human trafficking and self-care skills for the professional. In addition, training covers how to restore safety with the client, how human trafficking may present with clients and understanding the mindset of a victim, common mental health indicators of trafficking, the role of trauma and treatment needs of the sexually exploited.
Please Contact Kim Kubal for more information.