The Thoughtful Counselor

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May 17, 2017

A conversation with Stacey Diane A. Litam on the reality and nature of human sex trafficking in the United States and what counselors need to know.

Stacey Diane A. Litam, M.A., LPC, NCC is a doctoral candidate in Kent State University’s Counselor Education and Supervision program and adjunct faculty at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. Stacey’s dissertation examines the influence of gender and discourse on counselors’ reported levels of empathy and acceptance of rape myths when counseling sex trafficked survivors. Stacey currently works as a licensed mental health counselor at a Northeast Ohio agency where she co-developed the Human Trafficking Docket with the Cleveland Municipal Court. Stacey currently provides counseling services for survivors of sex trafficking, persons with addictions, and LGBTQ clients. She is a researcher, educator, and social justice advocate for human trafficking, LGBTQ, and multicultural issues. Ms. Litam has facilitated over 30 state, regional, national, and international presentations on topics including human sex trafficking, integrating creativity with diverse populations, and the influence of internalized racism and intra-ethnic othering on Asian American adult identity development. In February 2016, Ms. Litam was a recipient of the Movers and Shakers Award from the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club, which honored 25 leaders in Northeast Ohio under the age of 30. Ms. Litam’s clinical work was featured in the December 2015 cover story of Counseling Today.

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Stacey's article in The Professional Counselor - Human Sex Trafficking in America: What Counselors Need to Know

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