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Meeting the Needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children: Connecting Research to Practice
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December Webinar

Meeting the Needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children: Connecting Research to Practice

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) has garnered considerable attention in child welfare, but there is limited empirical research or evaluation on the services provided to these children. This presentation describes the approach taken by CHANCE, a treatment program for CSEC victims implemented in Miami-Dade County, Florida, to integrate research and evaluation into program development and improvement processes. Key lessons learned about best practices in both treatment and research, specific to CSEC, will be shared.
FFTA members will receive an invitation to register for this webinar. 

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to describe the importance of research for developing effective treatment interventions for commercially sexually exploited children.
2. Participants will learn about how research findings have been used to modify clinical practice and the treatment approach for the CHANCE program, and will be able to apply this knowledge to other programs.
3. Participants will be able to identify best practices for treatment and research specific to CSEC.

Presenter: Kimberly McGrath, Psy.D.; Psy.D., Florida Institute of Technology (2000); internship and residency, Citrus Health Network, Inc. Dr. McGrath has been responsible for all aspects of patient care within the five therapeutic programs of the Foster Care Plus program at Citrus Health Network for over 10 years. She is responsible for the initial assessment of potential foster care clients, the facilitation of matching and placement of clients with foster families, and the coordination and supervision of continued therapeutic services.

Monica Landers, M.A., M.S.W., is a social and behavioral researcher with the Department of Child and Family Studies at USF. She has Masters’ degrees in both Social Work and Criminology. Her research focus is at-risk and delinquent youth. Ms. Landers’ experience includes collaboration on various projects, publications, and presentations involving out-of-home care, child welfare, youthful offenders, and adolescent parents. She has also held positions at a juvenile detention and a juvenile residential facility, juvenile residential facilities, as well as an alternative school.

This live webinar has been approved for 1.25 Continuing Education hours. Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA), ACE Approval # 1659, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. FFTA maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 4/12/2018 - 4/12/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.25 continuing education clock hours.
Every attendee who attends the entire webinar will receive a certificate of attendance. In order to receive a certificate for ACE credit hours - you must attend the entire webinar and also complete an evaluation once the webinar is finished

Kimberly McGrath, Psy.D.
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