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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study is to analyze the impact of trauma-informed care training on the practice of dental, optometry, and mental health providers caring for victims of human trafficking. Methods: A mixed method approach was used, including pre-post surveys and one focus group discussion. Results: The dental, optometry, and mental health provider participants reported a greater awareness of human trafficking and greater knowledge of how to approach and care for the victims in a trauma- informed way. Conclusion: Continued training on the provision of trauma-informed care for victims of human trafficking is necessary for dentists, optometrists, and mental health professionals serving in health clinics in a university located in the southeast United States.

Author Bio(s)

Sandrine Gaillard-Kenney, Ed.D. is Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences. As co-director and co-founder of the Coalition for Research and Education Against Trafficking (CREATE) at Nova Southeastern University, she researches human trafficking and educates healthcare professionals and community members.

Brianna Black Kent, PhD, RN is Associate Professor, Assistant Dean of Professional Development and Education, and co-founded the Coalition for Research and Education Against Trafficking and Exploitation in the Nova Southeastern University Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences. She is a nurse, psychotherapist, and trained mediator and facilitator.

CPT Jenna Lewis, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. She holds a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) from Nova Southeastern University. Her professional interests include trauma recovery and providing trauma-informed care consultation to physicians.

Chennel A Williams, MS, MBA is Manager of the Health Science Doctoral Programs at the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences. She is a Ph.D Candidate in NSU’s Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution program, a trained mental health counselor and mediator

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