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The First 72 Hours: Creating Stabilization for Recovered Trafficking Survivors

A talk by Corinne Vance, M.A., LPC (USA)
Director of Trauma Therapy, The WellHouse

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The First 72 Hours when a Resident arrives at a Residential Facility is a critical time. When a Resident arrives, her level of anxiety is extremely high. Fear drives that anxiety. She is attempting to manage unbearable emotional pain. What we, at The WellHouse, have developed is a protocol designed to reduce stimulation while assessing immediate needs. Most Residents meet the criteria for a diagnosis of Complex PTSD, which includes the symptomology of PTSD, but also includes emotional dysregulation, feelings of shame, guilt, or failure, and difficulty in interpersonal relationships. Stabilization is key to begin helping a woman to have a felt experience of safety, both somatically and emotionally. Stabilization includes focusing on attunement in a trauma informed manner. Presentation will cover Complex PTSD, Attunement and Attachment Theory. It will also cover two important concepts: holding and containing. The last part of the presentation will give concrete ways to implement these concepts.

Takeaway Ideas

The world of Anti-Trafficking includes several areas: Awareness, Rescue Operations and Prosecution of Offenders. Another significant area is that of After Care and what constitutes good After Care. Addressing the depth of the mental health needs is critical to stop the cycle, at least in the lives of women recovered. The process of restoration is hard work, but with good education and understanding on the part of Staff, restoration is possible. Restoration begins when that woman first arrives at a facility. We know already a great deal about Trauma Informed models, which are strength based and promote empowerment. Stabilization goes one step further and is needed throughout the course of restoration, but is critically needed in the first step of restoration. The first 72 hours.

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Corinne Vance, M.A., LPC (USA)

Corinne Vance MACP, MACS, LPC ~ Director of Trauma Therapy at The WellHouse, Alabama

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