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Sexual Exploitation Treatment & Training Services (SETTS) for Clinicians

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The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the “Sexual Exploitation Treatment and Training Services (SETTS) for Clinicians”. This two-day training provides education and training services for clinical professionals treating human trafficking survivors. This training will further explore clinical interventions, including screening, assessment, and crisis focused on mental health interventions. The SETTS Curriculum provides specific approaches to treatment that rely on cognitive-behavioral, play-based, psychodynamic, interpersonal/ relational, family systems, and other clinical frameworks. This training will offer actionable strategies to enhance clinical services for survivors within clinical treatment programs and maintain the sustainability of professional self-care while working with high-risk population groups.

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Recognize human trafficking victimization from the perspective of the survivor, buyer and trafficker;
  • Recognize the unique needs of survivors of human trafficking and the manifestations of trauma;
  • Provide trauma-informed screening, assessment, and interventions for individual, family and group therapy;
  • Utilize tools and resources available to support service providers in enhancing services to build a collaborative response;
  • Address safety planning, boundaries, and vicarious trauma.

Presenter: Deepa Patel, CSOTP, LCSW, Co-Founder of Trauma & Hope and Founder of the SETTS Curriculum

Who Should Attend?

Licensed or license eligible Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider (CSOTP), Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC), and Qualified Mental Health Provider (QMHP). Licensure will be verified for this course.

There is also a SETTS session for case managers being provided on July 24-25, 2023 and two 5-day SETTS on August 21-25, 2023 and October 16-20, 2023. Please refer to both course announcements to determine which course fits your needs.  If you have not received training on human trafficking, please consider the 5-day course.  

This course is intended for professionals who provide direct therapeutic services to sexually exploited clients. DCJS reserves the right to prioritize agencies based on need.  

Registration and Cost: This training is free. Participants must register in advance for the training. This course is limited to 30 participants per session.

Time: The training runs from 9:00am-4:00pm each day with a break for lunch. The room will be open at 8:30am daily.

Travel, Lodging, and Meals

Participants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging, and meals. DCJS will provide participants with information for a group hotel rate prior to the training session.

PLEASE NOTE: The address of each training location and complete details about the training will be sent to the confirmed participants via email.