COU FS616 - Human Trafficking: Introduction for Mental Health Providers
The course content includes a global overview of human trafficking and how the crime unfolds within the United States. General human trafficking policy/legislation related to human trafficking, contentious debates that surround anti-trafficking work, cycles of supply and demand that fuel the crime, and a human rights versus prosecution-focused discourse are reviewed. One-to-one issues relevant to providing psychosocial services to persons affected by human trafficking are discussed. Students learn to identify the common dynamics of perpetration used by traffickers, their psychological consequences on victims, and the use of screening tools to identify victims and people at risk. Resources and legislation specific to working in Massachusetts will be a special focus of the course, including invited class lectures by local professionals recognized for their work in human trafficking.