​​​​2018 Conference Agenda
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Tuesday, May 22

10:00am PDT

There’s no I in MDT
Multidisciplinary teams exist in a variety of different settings.  The question is how well developed is the team and how effective does the team function? Some teams suffer from barriers such as professional mistrust, issues with confidentiality, lack of support from administration, and overall lack of knowledge of what team members may bring to the table.   In this interactive workshop, participants will examine the strengths and barriers of MDTs,  how improved communication and collaboration foster a healthy environment for team collaboration, and help team members navigate tough discussion that have the ability to impact the clients we serve.

  • Participants will Identify the members and roles of an MDT and how a lack of communication and/or collaboration can affect clients 
  • Participants will explore the strengths and weakness of MDT model 
  • Participants will understand the process of forming an MDT
  • Participants will describe ways communication and collaboration can assist in the development of effective teams for the safety of the client

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Tanisha Knighton, B.A., M.C.J. Ph.D.

President, Knighton Consulting Group LLC

Tuesday May 22, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT

2:00pm PDT

Sex Trafficking in Tribal Communities
Anywhere in the world where you find poverty, you will find human trafficking. This includes our tribal and rural communities, and most often, an overlooked region. Extreme poverty fuels the sex trade, and with the growth of tribal hotel and casinos, an influx of sex trafficking has emerged as a social ill. There’s no clear avenue to justice in Indian Country, learn the problem, and how you may extend your efforts towards communities that are the poorest in the nation.

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Lynette Grey-Bull

Founder and Director, Not Our Native Daughter
Lynnette Grey Bull is Hunkpapa Lakota of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and is also Northern Arapaho from the Wind River Indian Reservation. Economical issues, high rates of sexual assault, crimes against children, high suicides in tribal youth, uninvestigated crimes and the rise of... Read More →

Tuesday May 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT

3:30pm PDT

Black Girlhood Interrupted: Physical and Sexual Violence in the Lives of African American Girls

A disproportionate number of African American girls are sexually victimized in form of child sexual abuse, rape, and sexual harassment, which increases their risk for commercial sexual exploitation of children. Consequently, Black girls often suffer mental and physical health problems; while at the same time they are remarkably resilient. Yet, service providers may perceive Black girls are less innocent and more sexually active than their White peers. As a result Black girls may be undeserved.

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Dr. Carolyn West

Professor & Division Chair, University of Washington

Tuesday May 22, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Wednesday, May 23

9:00am PDT

Service Provision 101: A Survivor's Perspective
This presentation gives a brief overview of the myths vs facts of exploitation, barriers to exiting, reasons for return, effective holistic responses to complex trauma, and survivor recommendations to service providers.

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Alisa Bernard

Survivor Advocacy Coordinator, The Organization of Prostitute Survivors
Alisa Bernard is the contracted Survivor Advocacy Coordinator for the Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS) where she created a new model 12 class mentoring series for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). She is a candidate for the Masters of Public Administration... Read More →

Wednesday May 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am PDT

10:30am PDT

Unraveling the Clinical Challenges Facing Professionals Working with Victims of Sex Trafficking: Some Initial Suggestions from the Field
The context for treating victims of sex trafficking will be presented, as a backdrop for a review of work currently being conducted, as well as to serve as a framework for the discussion of a range of clinical approaches most adaptable to this context. The model currently being developed, at one site with comprehensive sex trafficking victim response systems in place, will be described. The session will feature an extensive question/answer component. This format is intended to enhance the opportunity for participants to adequately share, discuss, understand, and to begin to evaluate potentially effective clinical approaches for their own unique settings.

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Tasha Smith, MS

Executive Director, STRAPWA
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Nathan Church, PhD

President, World Education University

Wednesday May 23, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT

3:00pm PDT

Trauma Informed Care for CST Survivors in Care
The target audience for this presentation are providers that directly serve CST population. The presentation will focus on healing trauma/treatment instead of compliance.

a.     Increase awareness of trauma related issues present in CST survivors
b.     Understand basic brain function and potential impact of CST related trauma
c.      Learn about the nervous system’s role in discharging trauma
d.     Learn to see behaviors through the lens of survival

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Shandra Carter, LCSW

Project Director, The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development
Shandra Carter is an accomplished mental health professional with 20 years of experience In the human services field. She has dedicated her career to serving vulnerable populations, especially children who have suffered from sexual exploitation and abuse. Shandra serves as Project... Read More →

Wednesday May 23, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Thursday, May 24

9:00am PDT

Identifying and Responding to Sex Trafficking as a Medical Professional
Health care professionals are in a unique position to identify signs of sex trafficking. Learn about the dynamics around sex trafficking, red flags every health care professional should watch out for, and ways in which you can support your patient safely.

As a result of this session, participants will be better able to:
- Explain the dynamics around sex trafficking
- Consider the variety of ways in which a sex trafficking patient may present
- Identify key elements in successfully supporting and empowering a sex trafficking patient

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Nicole Broder

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Rapid SAVE Investigation
Nicole Broder is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) in the Portland Metro area with Rapid SAVE Investigation and the state SANE Program Coordinator with the Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force. She has worked with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence... Read More →
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Amanda Swanson

Statewide Trafficking Intervention Coordinator, Oregon Department of Justice

Thursday May 24, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am PDT

10:45am PDT

From Gang Member to Pimp to Inmate: A Case Study on Marteze Clair
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Greg Greer

Lead Gang Unit Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Greg Greer, Team Chief of the Gang Unit, oversees all felony gang-related crimes for the CriminalDivision of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Mr. Greer oversees attorneys and support staff,prosecuting all crimes gang-motivated or involved. Mindful of the scope and depth of impact... Read More →

Thursday May 24, 2018 10:45am - 12:45pm PDT
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