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Friday, April 26, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM EDT
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Child Focus Training Center 
4633-B Aicholtz Road
Cincinnati, OH 45244

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Shelley Drummond-Training Center Office Manager 
Child Focus, Inc. 

       Identifying and Responding to Trafficked and Exploited                                    Youth in Ohio                          


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We will send information regarding updates and cancellations to the email address used to register for the training. We will also have this information updated on the CFI website under the Training Tab. 

Fee: None

CEUs: 6.5

This training will provide child welfare, juvenile justice, and allied professionals with the tools to be able to identify and support trafficked children and youth. Children involved in child welfare and juvenile justice are especially vulnerable to exploitation by traffickers due to their potentially unstable living situation, past traumatic experiences, and lack of a strong support network. This training will include a “Human Trafficking 101” portion to define human trafficking, review key state and federal laws, and discuss what human trafficking can look like in Ohio. This training will help professionals understand the risks and characteristics of child trafficking, the victim-trafficker relationship, and the complex needs of survivors. This training will also include information on how to utilize Ohio’s Safe Harbor Law to serve child trafficking survivors. Discussion will include human trafficking screening, trauma-informed care, and how to utilize a multi-disciplinary team approach to serving survivors. Throughout the training, the trainer(s) will provide examples, case studies, and activities to help professionals better understand the nuances of human trafficking.


  •  Understand Human Traffickin
  •  Identify Human Trafficking
  • Respond to Human Trafficking


Presenters: Rebekkah O’Bryan earned her BS in Social Work from The Ohio State University in 2014 and will earn her MBA  from Ohio Christian University in July 2019. Currently, Rebekkah serves as the Juvenile  Justice Human Trafficking  Liaison for Ohio Department of Youth Services, where she is responsible for  overseeing all trafficking-related activities within the Department, designing and implementing trafficking-related policy.  

 Seth Boughton graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008 with a BA in Psychology and completed his  MSW degree in 2013. He is currently working on completing his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,  School of Social Work  with a focus on Innovative Human Trafficking Interventions and Response.

 Bhumika Patel joined  PCSAO in March 2018 to serve as Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator. In this grant-funded role, she serves as a training  and technical assistance resource for those working with trafficked children involved in child welfare and juvenile justice.

 Emily Dunlap, JD, TRCC provides direct legal services and advocacy to trafficked and exploited persons. She represents clients in a variety of legal matters including immigration, criminal defense, domestic relations, and civil proceedings. She also provides technical consultation on anti-trafficking best-practices, policy, court programming, and legislation. 

Continuing Education                                                                                                                                            Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists: The Child Focus, Inc. Training Center is approved through the Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board. This program is offered for 6.5 clock hours of continuing education for counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists. Social Work Provider#: RSX129410 Counselor Provider#: RCX029503 Marriage and Family Therapist Provider#: RTX091001      

 Psychologists: The Child Focus, Inc. Training Center is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association MCE program to offer continuing education for Ohio psychologists. This program is offered for 6.5 clock hours of continuing education for psychologists. Child Focus, Inc., 00PD-3109-52668, maintains responsibility for the program.     


Cancellation Policy: The Training Center must be notified 7 days prior to a training via telephone, fax or email in order to cancel a registration and receive a full refund.

Please note:  Because we are not able to control the room temperature to fit everyone’s needs, we encourage you to dress in layers to better accommodate your personal comfort level.

Child Focus, Inc. Training Center is accessible to wheelchairs. If you need any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Melanie Palmer at

Presenter: Marsha Skaggs, MA, LPCC-S, has more than 30 years of experience providing case management, victim advocacy, individual, family and group therapy services with at risk children, youth, and adults in a variety of community settings.  She was also an approved trainer for abuse prevention programs and a parenting program.  In 1990, Marsha and her husband, Bryon, were the first foster family licensed by Child Focus’ foster care program.  Over the course of 21 years, they fostered 27 children and adopted their two sons.  Since 2013, they have traveled to India eight times to provide support and training for pastors, staff of a boys’ home, and staff of after-care agencies serving children, youth and young women who are survivors of human trafficking or who were at risk of exploitation.  In the spring of 2017, they traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal for an extended visit with The Apple of God’s Eyes (AOGE). AOGE is an International Non-Government Organization (INGO) working to rescue and provide safe after care homes for girls trapped in human trafficking as well as boys and girls who are impoverished and at risk of exploitation or becoming exploiters.  In the midst of their visit, leadership of AOGE, invited the Skaggs to join their team, with the focus being working with the boys.  In January, 2018, Bryon and Marsha moved to Kathmandu. They work with teens and young men, helping to support their education, the development of social and independent living skills, and exploring careers and employment.  They have become parents to four teen boys between the ages of 13 and 18 and are aunt/uncle or grandparent figures to many more youth.  Marsha provides some individual therapeutic services and ongoing training for house parents and AOGE staff.  Marsha continues working toward certification as a Registered Play Therapist.