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Child Welfare, Human Trafficking & Eating Disorders

The session will provide an overview of the child welfare population and how to look for and assess issues related to human trafficking.

Member Price $24.00

Nonmember Price $54.00

DPG/MIG Price $0.00


This product is free for BHN members.

This webinar was presented live on January 14, 2021.

The session will provide an overview of the child welfare population and how to look for and assess issues related to human trafficking. The presentation will include a description of how individuals who are involved or who have been involved in the child welfare system and/or have experienced trafficking and have co-occurring eating disorders have similar presentations with trauma and eating disorders, which often have symptoms that overlap, exacerbate each other, and prove to be challenging for clinicians. The presentation will look at important issues related to specialization in treatment and advocacy for this unique population.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 1
Learning Need Codes: 3020, 5070, 6020, 7110
Performance Indicators: 9.6, 2.2, 12.2

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify 7 core areas of dysfunction for individuals who have experienced trauma and their parallels to eating disorders.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of 3 ethical/legal concepts related to working with individuals involved with child welfare and human trafficking.
  3. Identify the importance of trauma-bonds for individuals from the child welfare system or those who have been trafficked.


Heidi Strickler, PhD, LCSW-S, CEDS-S, CART, CTLS

Dr. Heidi Strickler is a licensed clinical social worker supervisor, certified eating disorders specialist supervisor, and certified trauma and loss specialist. She has over 20 years of experience working in the fields of eating disorders, trauma, and child welfare, specializing in not only these areas, but also dissociation and human trafficking. Dr. Strickler has experience working at all levels of care with both eating disorders and mental health. She has presented on a variety of topics, including the use of multiple education to teach social work students, eating disorders and adolescents, substance use in adolescents, oppositional behavior in adolescents, and trauma, toxic stress and pregnancy. She has been published in the areas of maternal/child health, interpersonal violence and intellectual disabilities, eating disorders, trauma, and human trafficking. Dr. Strickler currently has a small private practice in the St. Louis area and directs the foster/adopt program for United Healthcare's managed Medicaid program in Missouri.

Release Date: January 14, 2021


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