Working Intersubjectively with Survivors of Human Trafficking by Paola Michelle Contreras, PsyD

1.5 CE Credits

The presenter will discuss how an intersubjective approach can guide psychotherapists working with trafficking survivors who often relive states of shame and mistrust. Shame states will be explained as deriving from formerly trafficked persons’ experiences of psychological coercion. Intrapsychic themes commonly tied to the trafficking experience will also be reviewed.

1. List the common characteristics of human trafficking.
2. Describe how shame and mistrust constitute a major barrier to providing services to people with experiences of human trafficking.
3. Discuss the use of an intersubjective approach to work with people with experiences of human trafficking.


Paola Michelle Contreras, PsyD is faculty at William James College and a candidate at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Her research interests include human trafficking, participatory action research, and psychoanalytic practice and theories. She consults to U.S. organizations that serve victims of domestic and international trafficking.


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Date(s) - December 7, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Central Congregational Church
296 Angell Street (Diman Street entrance)
Providence, Rhode Island

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