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Child Sexual Abuse and the Link to Commercial Sexual Exploitation


September 17, 2023 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

  • Location: Live Webinar. You will receive the Zoom link after you register.
  • Presenter: Jennifer Dean, PhD, LCSW
  • Discussant: Lynn Rosenfield, PhD, LCSW
  • Date: Sunday, September 17, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) Followed by a short ceremony to celebrate Dr. Dean’s graduation

Course Description

This study explores the experiences of women who become involved in commercial sexual exploitation after surviving childhood sexual abuse. Relationships, trust, and attachment patterns, along with themes of personal identity and need for control are investigated. Resilience, purpose, beliefs, and strengths are also analyzed as a path towards healing in this eye-opening look into the world of sex-trafficking and exploitation, commonly known as “The Life.”

Presenter Bio

Jennifer Dean, PhD, LCSW, was a doctoral student at the Sanville Institute and eventually earned her degree from The Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. Dr. Dean spent eight years working with women who had a history of commercial sexual exploitation. During this time, she conducted prostitution diversion groups, individual trauma therapy for women who had been trafficked and abused and advocated for compensation for women during their period of trafficking with the California Victim Compensation Board. She is currently in private practice in Woodland Hills, CA and focuses on individual trauma and anxiety therapy.

Course Level

This program is designed for psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs; instructional level is intermediate.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be introduced to the world of sex trafficking and prostitution and will be able to identify the risk factors that commonly lead women into this lifestyle.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the relationship between childhood sexual abuse and sex work and explain how this early trauma can propel women toward repeated victimization.
  3. Participants will be able to apply strategies to assist severely traumatized women, in an effort to regain a sense of safety and well-being.


1.5 Hours of Continuing Education Credit


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September 17, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT


Live Webinar
See link below.


The Sanville Institute
The American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work
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