Michelle Sobon is a graduate student at Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology. As part of her dissertation, she conducted extensive research into the sex trafficking industry and therapies for its victims. She concluded that therapists need to acknowledge and make greater use of the resilience victims develop from the experience.
“The push within my research is for the mental health field to view them also as courageous survivors of a horrific crime,” Sobon said. “We forget that this person still has a great amount of strength and resources. We just focus on the harm because the harm is there and the harm is so glaring. But that’s not all that’s there.”
As part of her dissertation, Sobon has developed treatment guidelines for identifying strengths of the victims, promoting growth and implementing interventions in different kinds of care settings.
Learn more at Jim Hannah’s Wright State University News Room article: Wright State graduate student develops formula for treating sex trafficking victims.