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Complex Trauma Informed Therapy with Survivors of Human Trafficking & Sex Trafficking
This webinar will provide professional social work clinicians with knowledge, skills, and practices used to treat complex trauma. This webinar will provide enhanced mental health knowledge on the symptoms of acute stress disorders including PTSD, and CPTSD and to dispel myths related to the “working through trauma” narrative or discourse generally used in the field. Helping survivors engage in a process of collaborative healing of safety and trust in others will emerge as the primary goals of complex trauma-informed therapy following months or years of distressing abuse and subjugation by men who actively manipulate, coerce, threaten, or assault women into the sale of sex for money, which they also control.

This Webinar is FREE for Ontario Registered Social Workers (RSW), Registered Social Service Workers (RSSW) and Students of Social Work and Social Service Work Programs. Please note: If you are not an RSW, RSSW or student of these programs in Ontario, you may still attend but will be charged a nominal fee of $20.

This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

When ASL interpretation is required, please indicate the preference in the registration form. The incorporation of ASL interpreters will depend on availability.

OASW is committed to inclusion and promoting a diverse range of identities, experiences, perspectives, and voices across all areas of the Association. As such, the registration contains some optional questions that are intended to assist us to better understand our social work community and ensure that our work is reflective of the diverse membership of OASW and our profession.

Jun 16, 2022 09:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Lisa Romano-Dwyer
Project lead Lisa Romano Dwyer graduated with a Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree from the University of Toronto in 1993, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in Culture, Language & Learning from York University in 2013. Lisa has extensive child & family experience in education, health, and community services. She now owns a small mental health and wellness office in Toronto where regulated practitioners and wellness therapy affiliates offer a creative blend of strength-based social work approaches that promote healing.
Shiffo Farah
Shiffo Farah is a Registered Social Worker, ADR facilitator, Therapist (focusing on Trauma Treatment – Depression and Anxiety, Survivors of Family Violence, Human Trafficking, Reunification and Reconciliation Therapy). In the role of advocate & facilitator, Shiffa continues to support individuals, communities, and organizations who represent various marginalized groups, including members of diverse Indigenous, racialized, and immigrant communities, to navigate systems and overcome multiple obstacles.​
Jasmine DeFina
Advocate, Human Trafficking Consultant
Jasmine DeFina has significant experience consulting with organizations wishing to expand their human trafficking program capacity and is regularly engaged for public speaking as an expert panelist for events highlighting human trafficking. Over the last decade, Jasmine has devoted her life's work to supporting those affected by human trafficking, advocating for survivors, developing support programs in the community as well as educating other frontline workers, members of the courts, and members of the public, providing insight on issues surrounding human trafficking and how to better understand and work with survivors.