recorded webinar

Trauma-Informed Yoga for Sex Trafficking Survivors

Trauma-Informed Yoga for Sex Trafficking Survivors
Monday, January 24, 2022 9:00 am
- 10:00 am ET
CE/CME Credit

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Survivors of domestic sex trafficking, both adult and minor children, experience complex trauma symptoms as a result of sexual abuse and exploitation, which may manifest in both psychological and somatic symptoms. Utilizing a trauma informed yoga framework for intervention with this population, clinicians can learn to engage and support this vulnerable population in a comprehensive way which addresses physical manifestations of trauma, as well as psychological.

Trauma-informed yoga incorporates elements of hatha yoga postures and movements with an emphasis on autonomy of the participant (i.e. using phrases such as “when you are ready to move” or limiting hands-on-adjustments as requested) as well as the internal experience of the individual through guided focus and attention given to the body during this designated time.

During this presentation, participants will learn about the empirical foundations of trauma-informed yoga with trafficking survivors including the implications for individual and group clinical practice. This session includes a sample of a trauma-informed group therapy session.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how trauma-informed yoga can be applied to clinical practice.
  2. Use trauma-informed yoga techniques in group and individual work with clients who have experienced trauma.
  3. Identify individuals and groups who may benefit from trauma-informed yoga as an intervention.
Presenter(s) Biography

Miriam Elizabeth E. Bowman, PhD

Miriam Elizabeth (Beth) Bowman is an assistant professor in the Master of Social Work Program within the Social Work Department at Gallaudet University. She is a former District of Columbia Child Welfare Social Worker and Supervisor for nearly 10 years. Her research interests include domestic sex trafficking/commercial sexual exploitation of children; organizational culture and supervision in social work practice; accessibility of social work services for deaf children and adults; child welfare issues including emancipating youth, access for deaf children, removal and investigations; and turnover and burnout in child welfare practice. She provides clinical mental health therapy at her private practice for children and adolescents, consults with a program providing services to returning citizens, and provides trauma-informed yoga therapy for domestic sex trafficking survivors in ner her home in Washington, D.C. She is a survivor of domestic minor sex trafficking, mother of two teens, and advocate for children's rights.

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