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.
- “Human Trafficking: Survivor Identification and Engagement” – cancelled until further notice.
This training is a free training provided by the NJ Department of Children and Families and serves as a pre-requisite for additional curriculum trainings listed below. Participants would be eligible to receive 11 Continuing Education Unit (CEUs) when they complete both days of this training.
Human Trafficking: Survivor Identification and Engagement is a two-day training series on human trafficking designed specifically for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF). As such, this training provides a comprehensive overview of human trafficking and focuses on how to identify and engage trafficking survivors. This training will provide participants with an understanding of the dynamics of human trafficking situations and the skills necessary to effectively work with survivors of all forms of human trafficking.
This training will utilize a trauma-informed perspective to identifying and serving survivors of human trafficking. Through this training, 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 survivors.
Human Trafficking: Survivor Identification and Engagement will also provide the opportunity for participants to practice identifying situations of potential human trafficking and conducting interviews or assessments with potential survivors of human trafficking. Recommendations for creating safe, empowering environments for engagement are discussed along with strategies for long-term safety planning and relationship building.
This training is comprehensive of all forms of human trafficking in the United States, encompassing sex trafficking and labor trafficking; boys, girls and transgender youth. This training is focused on identifying at-risk children and youth within the DCF service populations. Additionally, this training will equip participants with guidance on how to serve survivors of trafficking who are parents or caregivers of DCF-involved youth.
All trainings are held at the DCF Professional Center in New Brunswick, NJ.
PCA-NJ Human Trafficking Prevention Program Curriculum Trainings:
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 and materials necessary to facilitate these prevention programs with youth at DCF-contracted facilities:
- My Life My Choice Exploitation Prevention Curriculum Facilitator Training: This two-day training provides you with everything you need to facilitate this 10-session psychoeducational prevention program for girls between ages 12-18 that are at disproportionate risk of commercial sexual exploitation. The My Life My Choice Exploitation Prevention Curriculum is Evidence-Informed and proven effective in reducing the risk of commercial sexual exploitation. It was also the first comprehensive, survivor-led prevention curriculum in the country. This nationally-acclaimed curriculum aims to change girls’ attitudes and perceptions of the commercial sex industry, as well as build self-esteem and personal empowerment. Check back for future dates!
- Empowering Young Men to End Exploitation Facilitator Training: 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. Check back for future dates!
- I AM 1:1 Clinical Toolkit for Healthy Identities Facilitator Training: This two-day curriculum training 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. Check back for future dates!
- LGBT CSEC Prevention Module Facilitator Training: 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!