Putting the Pieces Back Together: A Group Intervention for Sexually Exploited Adolescent Girls

Hickle, K. E.,
Roe-Sepowitz, D. E.
Year Published: 2014
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Social Work with Groups
Volume: 37

Issue: 2
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Despite growing awareness of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) in the United States, information about treatment is limited. These authors used Horace’s (2005) framework as a jumping-off point to create a group work framework to address the needs of adolescent girls impacted by DMST. In this article, they describe a pilot group intervention created for DMST victims, focusing on areas that were critical to the development and dynamics of the group. The intervention had four main components: (1) providing education about DMST, (2) reducing shame and addressing stigma, (3) providing mutual aid, and (4) managing strong emotions through the development of new coping skills. The pilot group was held at a residential treatment program for high-risk girls in a large city in the southwestern U.S. Ten clients who had sex traded or been sex trafficked participated. The authors provide process examples to illustrate the pilot intervention, and discuss the implications for research and practice. Modified Author Abstract.

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