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Recorded on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 

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Human trafficking refers to the exploitation of an individual using force, fraud, or coercion. Not only are those with substance use issues more vulnerable to being trafficked, but traffickers specifically target them. Traffickers use substances as a means of coercion, to get victims to comply with their demands, increase productivity, inhibit self-protection, decrease escape attempts, and continue entrapment. Many victims also engage in substance use as a means of coping with their unfathomable trauma. Additionally, many victims are forced to engage in criminality, such as illicit drug production and transportation. This presentation will explore these factors, highlight indicators of exploitation, and make you aware of some of ways you can intervene should you suspect exploitation.


Claire Openshaw, PhD, LCPC, is a licensed clinical professional counselor with a Doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Addictions and Behavioral Health at Governors State University. Openshaw has worked with individuals in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and inpatient settings conducting individual, couple, family, and group therapy, as well as case management services. She is also a QPR and mental health first aid instructor. Openshaw has conducted research on the topic of human trafficking and has presented nationally and internationally in the areas of ethics, sexual misconduct, human rights, trafficking, addiction, and youth suicide.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to describe the connection between human trafficking and substance use.
  • Participants will be able to summarize the indicators that assist in identifying exploitation.
  • Participants will be able to apply some interventions that could be used to assist in anti-trafficking efforts.
Content Level


  • Intermediate level courses provide information that builds on knowledge practitioners with some experience already have. These courses focus on skill-building or adding knowledge, possibly following a brief overview of basic information, and involve using information in concrete situations and understanding the underlying structure of the material.

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This course meets the qualifications for two (2.0) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


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