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Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth: The Importance of Awareness, Identification and Treatment Across a Continuum of Care to Meet the Needs of These Vulnerable Youth



Date and Time:

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM


The purpose of this workhsop is to discuss the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC).  This issue has been in the forefront in regards to child welfare for the past several years.  In response, the Florida Legislature has passed bills and rules to help guide how the child welfare system, professionals and providers engaged with and who treat survivors of exploitation.  Through this presentation participants will acquire an understanding of the scope of the problem of commercial sexual exploitation and the related importance of awareness of CSEC.  Participants will be able to identify risk factors associated with the CSEC and recruitment and grooming techniques used by traffickers and will have an understanding of the impact of CSEC on youth’s physical, social, and emotional development.  This workshop includes a comprehensive introduction to commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC), describes bill 7141 and its impact on the state of Florida, and describes the environment and care coordination necessary to treat commercially sexually exploited youth across the continuum of care. The emotional and behavioral needs of trafficked youth will be discussed at length including treatment protocols, necessary training programs, and policies and procedures across systems of care (primary care, community teams, and foster care and inpatient programs).

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for clinicians, clinical supervisors,  program managers, prevention agencies, community coalitions and executives in substance abuse and mental health agencies, Managing Entities and DCF program staff.

Presented by:

Dr. Kimberly McGrath is a Licensed Clincial Psychologist.  She received her Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology.  She is the Clinical Coordinator of Foster Care services at Citrus Health Network, a position she has held since 2002. Dr. McGrath is also the founding psychologist for the Treating Adolescents Coping with Trauma (TACT) program, an outpatient program for sexual offenders, victims of sexual abuse, and their families. Most recently, Dr. McGrath founded the Citrus Helping Adolescents Negatively affected by Commercial Exploitation (CHANCE) Program, a Specialized Therapeutic Foster Care (STFC) and Community Response Team (CRT) for victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation.  The CHANCE Program addresses the emotional, social and behavioral needs of victims of human trafficking.  Dr. McGrath has presented about the CHANCE program at several local, state, and national conferences on topics including human trafficking, child welfare, mental health and substance abuse.  She serves as a member of the Statewide Human Trafficking Services Workgroup, and the Workgroup’s Residential Providers Subgroup, as well as of the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Task Force


Hilton Garden Inn Central
Address: 1330 Blair Stone Rd,
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 893-8300



5.5 Continuing Education Units/Contact Hours are provided for this event

Florida Certification Board Provider #A-001, Exp. Date 12/31/2017
Florida Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #50-676, Exp. Date 3/31/2019
Florida Board of Nursing Provider #50-676, Exp. Date 10/31/2018


Workshop Registration is Full

Please email Cynthia Berg ( to be added to the waiting list.

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