Project Intersect: Therapy Services for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children
The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (sometimes referred to as Sex Trafficking) is a particularly severe and complex form of Child Sexual Abuse. Commercially sexually exploited children and adolescents often have long histories of multiple traumatic experiences, including histories of sexual abuse. They have often also experienced physical and sexual assault while being commercially sexually exploited. GCCA provides outpatient therapy services to youth in the Atlanta area who have been commercially sexually exploited. We utilize Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as our treatment framework with CSEC-informed and CSEC-specific applications of the model incorporated to best meet the complex needs of commercially sexually exploited clients.
These therapy services are a component of Project Intersect, a SAMHSA-funded initiative of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network that supports a treatment and training program specifically addressing the mental health treatment needs of commercially sexually exploited children in Georgia. The principal goals of the project are to identify evidence-based intervention(s) that effectively engage and treat the mental health needs of CSEC youth, deliver high-quality treatment services to CSEC-identified clients utilizing these evidence-based practices, and train therapists in Georgia in these practices to create a network of providers to serve CSEC clients.
For more information about Project Intersect click here.