The Salvation Army PROMISE (Partnership to Rescue Minors from Sexual Exploitation) Program and Willow Creek Community Church - North Shore will host a training seminar on how to recognize and prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of children on Saturday, November 23, at the Willow Creek North Shore Campus, 315 Waukegan Road, in Northfield from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The full-day seminar will train participants to detect risk factors, identify and effectively engage victims and build skills necessary to serve youths affected by human trafficking.
Individuals from social service agencies; law enforcement personnel; medical and mental health workers; counselors; youth and recreational agencies staff; individuals from religious institutions along with anyone else who has a heart for protecting children should attend.
"It is estimated that 18,000 to 25,000 young women and children are involved in commercial sexual exploitation on any given 24 hour period in the greater Chicago area," said Lt. Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz, Division Commander for The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division.
"To meet the needs of the growing number of victims, it's important that The Salvation Army, and partners like the Willow Creek Community Church, educate anyone who might be in a position working closely with children to recognize the signs of sex trafficking. By working together as a community, we have the potential to save the lives of thousands of children."
The seminar will include presentations by the Director of The Salvation Army PROMISE Program and the founder of Anne's House, a residential home for women and girls who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking, and Detective Al Krok, Special Investigations Unit, Chicago Police Department, Retired.
LPCs, LCPCs, LWSs and LCSWs will earn six free CEU credits (a $600 value).
Please register online at www.willowcreek.org/northshore/events by Friday, November 15.
The cost of the seminar is $30 and includes training, materials, breakfast and lunch. Space is limited.
For more information contact Don Harkins at 773-447-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org