HEAL Mental Health Council – The Psychiatric Care of Trafficking Survivors

Chairs:Katherine Hargitt, PsyD & Elise Hopper, PhD (Heal Trafficking Mental Health Council)
Assistant: Lucy Mahaffey
Guest Panelists:
Ronald Chambers, M.D., FAAP. (https://www.dignityhealth.org/ourdoct…)
Questions guiding the panel discussion:
  1.  Can you discuss the role of psychiatry within your organization’s anti-trafficking work?
  2.  How does psychiatry collaborate with other disciplines to improve services for trafficking survivors?
  3. What are your thoughts about the role of psychiatric medications and treatment planning for trafficking survivors? Are there particular types of medications that you have found more or less helpful? What are some of your goals in utilizing medication as part of the treatment plan?
  4.  Can you discuss some of the logistical barriers to accessing psychiatric services for trafficking survivors?
  5. Following on that, can you discuss some of the psychological barriers? You may consider triggers, cultural issues, or other areas.
  6. What do you think about as promising practices for trafficking survivors within the area of psychiatry?
  7.  Can you speak to survivor leadership within psychiatric  services for trafficking survivors?

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