Human Trafficking and complex trauma 201 series


As part of the VOCA regionalization grant; Empowering Providers to Empower Survivors, funded through the Office for Victims of Crime, CAWS North Dakota, in partnership with the North Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force (NDHTTF) has developed a series of trainings for advocates, law enforcement, probation, social service providers, clinical supervisors, homeless health and shelter advocates case managers, school staff, nurses, physicians, healthcare staff, counselors, clinical social workers, psychologists, addiction counselors, and therapy interns from across disciplines, and other multidisciplinary professionals that provide critical services for victims.

In 2019, three 2-day in-person trainings were conducted in Jamestown, Minot, and Devils Lake. Due to high demand and an overwhelmingly positive response to the first set of trainings, the grant was extended to include an additional three trainings in 2020.

However, in light of the covid-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, the Office for Victims of Crime has given approval for the training content to be adapted into video format. Training content is condensed into a series of six 30-minute videos, each with an immersive activity and reflection question to ensure and track participant engagement and to evaluate learning, hosted on the CAWS and Noth Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force websites.


“We Are All Connected: Community-Connectedness and the Response to Human Trafficking”

“The Myth of Choice: Understanding Human Trafficking at the Community-Level”

“Systemic Oppression and Building Allyship in our Communities”

“Understanding Trafficking in our Rural Communities”

“Considering the Mental Health Needs of Survivors”

“Survivor- Informed Engagement”


There are three parts to each of the topics (listed above) and should be completed in order:

1. An explainer video for the section.

2. A kitchen table discussion from local and regional experts.

3. Reflection and evaluation opportunity to show understanding of the section.

All sections will need to be completed with in 90 days in order to obtain CEUs.

Education credits

Education credits are approved by their perspective boards for the following disciplines:

  • North Dakota Board of Counselors
  • North Dakota Board of Addiction Counseling Examiners
  • North Dakota Marriage and Family Therapy Board
  • North Dakota State Board of Psychologist Examiners
  • North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners
  • North Dakota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST)

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