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Mon, May 13


Online Event

Engagement Skills for Working with System-Involved Sex Trafficking Survivors

Nola Kesia Brantley & Withelma TiOra “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

Engagement Skills for Working with System-Involved Sex Trafficking Survivors
Engagement Skills for Working with System-Involved Sex Trafficking Survivors

Time & Location

May 13, 2024, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Nola Kesia Brantley & Withelma TiOra “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

Training Description

The training will begin with an overview of approaches used to work with sex trafficked youth in the Foster Care and Juvenile Justice systems. The training will then look at harm reduction strategies and stages of change and how they can be used to effectively help sex trafficked youth exit the commercial sex industry. The training will conclude with strategies to more effectively safety plan and navigate public systems with Foster Care and Juvenile Justice involved youth who have experienced sex trafficking.

Learning Objectives

· Participants will be able to identify 3 strategies for supporting sex trafficked system-involved youth.

· Participants will be able to explain how using the stages of change model and harm reduction with sex trafficked system-involved youth can support improved outcomes.

· Participants will be able to identify at least 3 reasons why sex trafficked system-involved youth recruit other youth into the commercial sex industry.


10:00-10:15am  Trainer and Topic Introduction

10:15-10:30am  Self-Engagement Skills

10:30-10:45am  Restorative Relationships

10:45-11:00am  Trauma Informed Approach

11:00-11:15am  Resiliency Based Approach

11:15-11:30am  Applying the Stages of Change: Pre-Contemplation

11:30-11:45am  Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

11:45am-12:00pm  Applying the Stages of Change: Contemplation

12:00-12:15pm  Continuum of Sexual Abuse

12:15-12:30pm  Building Relationships

12:30-1:00pm  Lunch Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

1:00-1:15pm  Developing Advocacy Plans

1:15-1:30pm  Commonly Needed Resources

1:30-1:45pm  Safety Planning

1:45-2:00pm  Stages of Change Scenarios

2:00-2:15pm  Safety Planning Scenarios

2:15-2:30pm  Trauma Bonds

2:30-2:45pm  Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

2:45-3:00pm  Understanding Trauma with Trauma Survivors

3:00-3:15pm  Types of Trauma

3:15-3:30pm  The Impact of Trauma on Sex Trafficked Survivors

3:30-3:45pm  Strategies to Support Survivors

3:45-4:00pm  Trauma and Resiliency

4:00-4:15pm  Recruitment

4:15-4:30pm  Navigating Public Systems: schools, healthcare

4:30-4:45pm  Navigating Public Systems: foster care, juvenile justice, the courts

4:45-5:00pm  Questions and Close

Meet Our Trainer

Nola Kesia Brantley, CEO & Founder of Nola Brantley Speaks has become nationally recognized as a powerful Survivor voice for the issue of child sex trafficking through her moving and information packed public speaking. Her hard work and perpetual vigilance has brought both focus and concrete resources to this chronically underserved and largely unrecognized population of victimized youth. Nola’s approach aims to be holistic!

T Ortiz, A.K.A. Withelma TiOra “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, is an international Anti-Trafficking Activist and Foster Youth Advocate. Beginning her work in Oakland as an Inaugural WestCoast Children's Clinic Y.A.P. advocate and a co-collaborator and leader during the inception of M.I.S.S.S.E.Y, advocating for Measure Y funding, and keynoting Alameda County's first HEAT conference. T is a leading force in advocating for the civil and social rights of all people, with specialized expertise in highlighting the intersectionality between the child welfare system and domestic child sex trafficking. Her Federal work was vital in the passing of The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act and The JVTA (Justice For Victims of Trafficking Act). In 2021, she was Honored by NCMEC (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) as a “Hero Award” Recipient. In 2020, she was awarded “The Last Girl Award'' from Apne Aap International (India). In 2014, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the world”, a TIME Magazine “30 under 30” in 2013, and a GLAMOUR Magazine “Woman of the Year '' in 2011. Her work has influenced many organizations including The United Nations, Google, The U.S. Congress, The White House, The American Bar Association, The Aspen Institute, and The Johns Hopkins Institution. Notably, she has led a TEDx talk on Exploring Sexuality after Trauma. She has successfully petitioned the Associated Press to utilize practices conscious of survivor trauma and circumstance with her #NoSuchThingAsAChildProstitute Campaign. T is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Morgan State University holding a degree in Strategic Communications.

This course meets the qualifications for (6.0) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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