Training Workshops and Events

 Please check here periodically for announcements of future Connection training workshops.

The first Intercultural Counseling Connection clinical training workshop of this year, “Trauma-Responsive Clinical Work with Culturally Diverse Survivors of Sex Trafficking" was presented on January 14th, 2022.

Coinciding with National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, this six-hour training was facilitated by Sidney Ford, LCSW-C, founder of YANA (You Are Never Alone), the first program established in Baltimore to provide comprehensive services for survivors of sex trafficking. Thirty-three mental health professionals took part, as well as several Loyola clinical psychology students. Co-sponsorship for CEUs was provided by Inspirit Counseling Services,

Through highly participatory discussion and in-depth examination of case studies, attendees explored ways in which genuinely trauma-responsive care can support trafficking victims as they become survivors.

"The workshop was incredibly informative and addressed the multifaceted nature of this type of work. I appreciated the education we received both on the more technical and legal aspect of work with this population as well as trauma-informed approaches and interventions.

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Guest speakers included Lauri Hidalgo, MHS, coordinator of the Trafficking Victim Assistance Program at  Asylee Women Enterprise, and Renee Murrell, PhD, LCSW-C, former Victim Specialist in the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office, and currently Director of Community Engagement with the Araminta Freedom Initiative. Presented as a live Zoom event, the workshop was supported by a grant from the Baltimore City Human Trafficking Grant Program, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.

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Please note that:

  • Priority in workshop registration will be given to current Connection therapists, and to clinicians wishing to participate in the Connection’s pro bono referral network.
  • Workshops are free for clinicians who are current members of the Connection network (i.e. who have accepted Connection pro bono client referrals).
  • A fee of $80 will apply for all other workshop registrants

To join the Connection contact list to receive announcements of training opportunities and workshop registration links, please email [email protected], or see the "Get Connected" section of our website.

Intercultural Counseling Connection trainings are intended for Maryland-licensed mental health professionals who are dedicated to providing culturally responsive services for forced migrants-- asylum seekers, refugees, and trauma-affected immigrants.

Thank you for your interest in the Connection and our mission!