Andrea’s Story – Andrea Benson, Survivor Leader, Bridging the Gap-Oregon
Andrea’s grew up in a Christian home, is a college graduate, and wanted to be a missionary when she grew up. Her story is typical of how girls looking for love and attention get lured into sex-trafficking. Andrea shares how she took her healing seriously with the help of a trauma informed counselor and mentors. She’s now helping other survivors and speaking publicly alongside the same law enforcement officers who rescued her. A beautiful story of rescue, restoration, and redemption.
Biblical Response to Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking – Adrienne Livingston, Director of Anti-Trafficking Initiatives at World Venture, MSC Leadership Team; Michele Lathrop, Bridging the Gap-Oregon.
It’s vital to understand sex trafficking and other dangers our youth and young adults are facing today in order to shift the trajectory of our culture. In this training, gain an understanding of “the Game,” including terminology, youth vulnerabilities, and the tactics that traffickers use to recruit, groom, break, and maintain their victims.
Collaborating with Law Enforcement – Officer Mike Gallagher, Portland Police Bureau and Co-Founder of Bridging the Gap-Oregon; Survivor-Leader Andrea Benson
The evil of sexual exploitation and trafficking is a huge empire and takes churches, organizations, government agencies, and law enforcement agencies working together to be effective. In this training, hear the success stories of new technology being developed to streamline the process for resources and how the sex buyer’s class is slowly changing the hearts of men who engage in purchasing sex.
Effects of Pornography and Intercepting the Demand – Tom Perez, Retired Pastor and Founder of EPIK; Kelsey Owens, Operations Manager, EPIK
We must expose the darkness and root causes of commercial sexual exploitation. Studies show that pornography is the leading core factor fueling the demand for exploitation. In this training, we’ll uncover the truth and lies of the porn narrative, it’s direct link to trafficking. and discuss ways to encourage and engage men to disrupt the demand.
Today’s Youth and Culture – Shandra Galloway, Director, House of Light Project, CRU
In this training, learn how to work with our youth to cultivate a movement of culture change by mentoring teens and building their confidence and self worth, making them less vulnerable to being exploited.
Trauma and Trauma Bonding – Sarah Probst, MA, LPC
For anyone working in anti-trafficking efforts or one on one with survivors, it’s critical to understand complex trauma, trauma bonding, and trauma responses, and their impact on victims-- which answers the question everyone asks about sex-trafficked victims: “Why don’t they just leave?”
Domestic Violence, After “The Life” – Kristin Williams MS, QMHP, CADC l
One must learn the challenges and barriers for survivors in order to create ways of helping them over those hurdles. Gain insight into the cycle of violence and abuse and “the life, while keeping our own biases in check and building trust and rapport with survivors.
Mentoring through the Safety/Stabilization Healing Phase One – Survivor-Leader Jeri Moomaw, Founder of Innovations HTC, MSC Team
Learn from a survivor-leader who shares valuable lived experience about the “subculture” of sex-trafficking and the challenges and barriers survivors face with so many gaps in the systems. Learn how to build trust and navigate resources, while collaborating with law enforcement and other community partners to meet the needs of survivors.
Survivor Leader Panel – Robin Miller; Leanne Ishibashi; Andrea Benson; Christina Causey
In this session, you’ll meet four amazing women who bravely share their story of courage and commitment through their healing journey. Learn how having a trauma informed mentor and church community as a wrap around support team has impacted their life, ultimately breaking the cycle of abuse. These ladies are now giving back as advocates and mentors to other survivors.
Crisis Intervention – Rebecca Bloomfield, Bloomfield Consulting and MSC Team
It’s critical to be trained and prepared to handle any crisis that may occur while working with complex trauma survivors, including suicide ideation. Gain an understanding of proper crisis responses, such as various grounding exercises, safety protocols, and effective tools and techniques to help survivors through triggering events, including anxiety and panic attacks.
Mentoring One on One: Healing Phase Two and Three – Angela Miller, MSC Team
Dive into mentoring survivors one on one and learn what it means to humbly mirror unconditional love and compassion, while building self esteem, community, and a support team. Recognizing regression and progression, while working together with community partners is key for mentees to achieve goals, one step at a time.
Know Your Role – Darlene Domenigoni and Angela Miller, MSC Team
In anti-trafficking work, it's important for people to serve in the role that best fits their gifts, strengths, and current lifestyle. This training will provide an understanding of the roles of a healthy survivor support ministry.
Extra Training and Materials:
Audio: Caring for Victims of Injustice – Pastor Christopher Coffman
A look at how Jesus looks upon abuse, brokenness, suffering, and trauma. Recognize and learn how to deal with vicarious trauma, develop healthy self care practices, set boundaries, and create a healthy support team while engaging in survivor aftercare.
Girl Empowerment Train the Trainer Info – Michele Lathrop, Co-Author, Girl Empowerment
Handbook, Guide and Forms for starting a Faith Based Survivor Support Ministry available.
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