Behavioral Health : Counselor: Human Trafficking: Recognition and Intervention

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About Course

Release Date: June 17,2016
Expiration Date: December 31, 2021

Human trafficking is a global public health and human rights issue involving the exploitation of 18.7 million people and yielding profits of $150 billion (USD) per year worldwide. In 2014, within the United States, 5,042 cases of human trafficking were reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Although organizations from all sectors have emerged to fight against and prevent human trafficking, human service, healthcare, and other helping professionals are in a unique position to prevent, identify, and care for trafficked persons. In fact, one study reported that 88% of trafficked persons interacted with a service provider during their time being trafficked.

This intermediate-level course is an overview of the complex crime of human trafficking, with a focus on sex and labor trafficking and the common symptoms and conditions that occur in trafficked persons. The course provides insights into the facts surrounding human trafficking and relevant risks for the trafficked person. Social workers, marriage and family therapists, and counselors who complete this course will be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of trafficked persons and identify the needed interventions. Case scenarios throughout the course illuminate common presentations of trafficked persons and actions that service providers can take to help these individuals. This course lists national resources that provide vital services to trafficked persons and it makes recommendations for client and service provider safety when addressing these potentially volatile scenarios.

Social Workers completing this course receive 4 general social work continuing education credits. 

New York Social Workers - This course does NOT meet the NY Social Work Board's criteria for acceptable continuing education.

Course Objectives

  • Describe human trafficking, including the types of trafficking and those populations most vulnerable to trafficking.
  • Recognize potential trafficked persons using clinical signs and screening tools.
  • Explain cultural and social environment issues that affect trafficked persons.
  • Describe components and implementation of trauma-informed care.
  • Identify available national organizations and local resources when intervening in human trafficking.
  • Differentiate methods of prevention and advocacy against human trafficking.


Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH, is an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, faculty member at Harvard Medical School, and a Human Trafficking and Forced Labor fellow at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health FXB Center for Health and Human Rights in Boston. She is an American Board of Emergency Medicine fellow in health sciences policy and cofounder of HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, Linkage) Trafficking, an international network of professionals combating human trafficking from a public health perspective. Through her work, she seeks to advance research and policy on the health needs of human trafficking victims globally and locally.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest relat

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