Katherine Hargitt

Katherine Hargitt, PsyD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, specializing in Traumatic Stress and Vicarious Trauma. She works as a Behavioral Health Clinician for the Sonoma County Department of Health Services’ Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) and a Crisis Specialist for the County of Marin Department of Health & Human Services’ Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. Katherine has been actively involved in the national and international anti-human trafficking field for the past 20 years. She specializes in the psychosocial care, recovery, and re/integration of survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Katherine has ben leading advocacy efforts and training for civil society, providing consultancy for governments and NGOs, and conducting international research. She obtained her doctorate degree at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. Her dissertation focused on the development of a training model and curriculum outline for direct service providers working with children who are commercially sexually exploitated in the United States. Katherine is a Consultant for ECPAT International and was their Lead Researcher in a multi-country field research project focusing on the care, recovery and (re)integration needs of SEC survivors in Nepal, Thailand, and the Philippines. In 2002, she conducted an independent field research project on the psychosocial rehabilitation of SEC survivors in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Thailand and the Philippines. Katherine provided expertize to the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, for their study and report on the establishment of “Comprehensive, rights-based and child-centered care, recovery and reintegration programs”. She is an active member of the Sonoma County Human Trafficking Task Force, which she helped start, and the Sonoma Valley Homelessness Task Force. Katherine has served on M.I.S.S.S.E.Y.’s board, and is a Mental Health Advisor for Global Heath Promises. She also provides Disaster Mental Health through the American Red Cross and the County of Sonoma Department of Health Services’ Medical Reserve Corps and is a Co-Active Coach, working with leadership and direct service providers towards sustainable and bold self-care.

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