NJ DCF Partnership: Prevention Programs & Trainings

Through a partnership with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, PCA-NJ offers both- human trafficking trainings and prevention curricula trainings for youth programs, for free to a limited number of DCF-contracted provider sites. The pre-requisite human trafficking training is required prior to obtaining the curricula trainings offered below. 

Pre-requisite Options: 

  • Free Human Trafficking Training provided by DCF: “Human Trafficking 1&2: Engagement & Interviewing Skills for OAS Providers.” This training is the pre-requisite for additional curricula trainings listed below. In this two-day training, participants will gain an understanding of the dynamics of human trafficking situations and the engagement skills necessary to effectively work with victims of human trafficking.  This training will provide a trauma-informed perspective to identifying and serving victims.  Participants will develop an understanding of the physiological effects of trauma in human trafficking situations, identify the vital role of healthy attachments for at-risk youth, and practice engagement skills to build rapport and trust with human trafficking victims.  There will also be an opportunity to practice identifying situations of potential human trafficking and conducting interviews or assessments with potential victims. Recommendations for creating safe, empowering environments for engagement are discussed along with strategies for long-term safety planning and relationship building. While this course is primarily focused on identifying at-risk children and youth within the DCF service populations, participants will also learn how to serve survivors of trafficking who are parents or caregivers of DCF-involved youth. Participants would be eligible to receive 11 Continuing Education Unit (CEUs) when they complete both days of this training. Click the date below to register.  

Thursday & Friday, February 7th -8th, 2019 9AM-4PM, New Brunswick, NJ 

Curricula Training Prevention Programs:

Through its partnership with DCF, PCA-NJ is able to offer the following national programs, leading the way to prevent exploitation of youth. These Facilitator Trainings equip professionals with the skills necessary to facilitate these prevention programs with youth at DCF-contracted facilities:

  • I AM Empowerment: A one-on-one clinical guide: This two-day curriculum provides therapists, counselors, & other clinical professionals with the tools to educate at-risk youth about commercial sexual exploitation through an interactive 10-session curriculum to be utilized during one-on-one clinical sessions. The primary training goals are to increase staff efficacy in assessing and addressing issues of racism, youth violence, and sexual exploitation in a manner that achieves permanency, safety, and well-being for youth. The two-day training would cover both of the I AM curricula – for young men and young women. Both infuse life experiences to reach youth and are designed to create an environment where youth can safely explore societal expectations, media, oppression, self-esteem, and healthy decision making.

Wednesday & Thursday, January 30-31, 2019 9AM-4PM- Somerville, NJ

Registration deadline: Friday Jan 11, 2019

Wednesday & Thursday, March 27-28, 2019 9AM-4PM- Mount Holly, NJ

  • My Life My Choice Facilitator Training: This two-day training  provides you with everything you need to facilitate this 10-session psychoeducational group for girls between ages 12-18 that are at-risk of exploitation. This interactive program addresses recruitment, realities of exploitation, and related topics including substance use, self-esteem and provides additional resources. Click the date below to register! 

Tuesday & Wednesday, February 26th-27th, 2019 9AM-4PM, New Brunswick, NJ 

  • Empowering Young Men: This two-day training prepares facilitators to use the 4-session program for boys ages 14-18 and to challenge youth to examine constructs of masculinity, gender roles, media, and social norms. It also encourages youth to examine violence and oppression of women at large and specific vulnerabilities associated with sexual exploitation to assist in building empathy and accountability. The program is a powerful tool in helping to empower young men to become allies in preventing the exploitation of others. Click the date below to register!

Tuesday & Wednesday, April 2-3, 2019 9AM-4PM, New Brunswick, NJ


  • Prevention of CSEC for LGBT Youth: A group-based curriculum: This new one-module group curriculum training explores the intersection between exploitation, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The module highlights a dynamic process with many exercises to help the youth identify their own knowledge and bias around exploitation. The curriculum uses active group process guided by supportive adults to prevent the exploitation of this high-risk population. Check back for future dates!