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WOOSTER- Mental health professionals have the opportunity to learn how to care for human trafficking victims from nationally recognized human trafficking expert Celia Williamson, Ph.D. at The Village Network Institute’s Treating Victims of Human Trafficking training.

Williamson founded Second Chance of Toledo, Ohio, an organization that develops individualized service plans for women and children survivors and victims, and will present the training, discussing trauma and the potential effects human trafficking has on a person’s mental health. Attendees will leave equipped with the tools to identify and respond to clients who may be victims of human trafficking. The training will take place Monday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2000 Noble Dr. Wooster, OH 44691. Registration costs $200.

“The purpose of this training is to train staff to prepare for working with kids who are victims of human trafficking,” said Dave Paxton, Chief Clinical Officer at The Village Network. “At any one time, The Village Network could have 4 or 5 children in its care who are victims of sex trafficking, and they’re not just girls.”

The Village Network and Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court were both awarded a request for proposal meant to address the needs of children who were arrested and later found to be involved in human trafficking. The training is one piece of the larger program known as Safe Harbor.

Since 1946, The Village Network has helped generations of at-risk boys and girls become productive, responsible youth. Together with families, support agencies and communities, The Village Network prepares youth to embrace new lives.

The Village Network programs include residential treatment, day treatment, treatment foster care, respite care, alternative school programs and outpatient services. The Village Network is headquartered in Wooster, Ohio but has offices that serve communities throughout Ohio and West Virginia.






Dave Paxton

Chief Clinical Officer

(330) 202-3808


To register for the training, click here.

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