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Identifying and Serving Survivors of Human Trafficking
Friday, April 28, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
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Identifying and Serving Survivors of Human Trafficking
Friday, April 28, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT
Webinar Presentation
Presented by Misty Biddick, Executive Director of Aware Central Texas, and Alexandrea Long, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
1 Cultural Competency and Diversity CEU provided
Members: Free | Non-Members: $10


Human trafficking is a serious human rights violation. Survivors of human trafficking often experience physical, emotional, and psychological trauma that can have lasting effects on their mental health and relationship quality. MFTs are in a unique position to identify and serve survivors of human trafficking because they often work with clients who are experiencing relationship difficulties or family conflict, which can be factors that contribute to trafficking. By understanding the unique needs of survivors of human trafficking, MFTs can provide trauma-informed care sensitive to the complex and often challenging experiences of these individuals, couples, and families in their journey toward healing and recovery. This interactive webinar will enhance the capacity of providers to identify and support survivors of human trafficking or those clients identified as high-risk.

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to recognize and identify risk factors of Human Trafficking.
  2. Participants will be able to identify client vulnerabilities related to Human Trafficking.
  3. Counseling Strategies and Recourses to ensure client safety include Motivational Interviewing and Unconditional Positive Regard.
  4. Healing factors and modalities to consider when working with Human Trafficking Survivors and their families.
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About the Speakers:

Misty Biddick

Misty Biddick is currently the Executive Director of Aware Central Texas, a dual domestic violence/sexual assault program located in Killeen, Texas. Misty received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M Central Texas, an M.S. in Applied Criminology from Lamar University, and is currently in the first year of a Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice at the Helms School of Government at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va. She has spent her career working with both survivors and perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence. Ms. Biddick established the first family violence specialized caseload in Bell County, Texas, which focused on the community supervision of high-risk domestic violence offenders. Ms. Biddick is a passionate advocate and educator, now focusing her efforts on bringing awareness to the barriers experienced by IPV survivors in rural areas. 

Alexandrea Long

Alexandrea Long is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well as a Certified Trauma Professional, with over seven years of experience in the mental health field. She is currently the “Family Violence Unit Counselor” of Aware Central Texas. She has worked with individuals who have experienced a wide range of trauma, including military-related, childhood, and relational trauma, as well as domestic violence, sexual assault, and more. She obtained her master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas-Arlington. She specializes in treating depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), childhood trauma, relational trauma, emotional issues, military-related trauma, and transitional life issues. She is an Army veteran and a devoted mother who is determined to break generational trauma.