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Integrating Evaluations in Practice: Lessons Learned from Representing Survivors of CSEC within a Treatment Court Model

December 14, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm MST


Juvenile treatment courts are not new, but emerging specialized legal practices to address therapeutic needs of child-participants is a more recent trend. The CEASE Clinic, an in-house legal clinic specializing in representing survivors of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in dependency proceedings, partnered with UGA’s School of Social Work to represent survivors in Georgia’s first juvenile court CSEC treatment court. This session will discuss CEASE’s use of the ABA Model Act for Child Representation and trauma-informed practice principles in representing survivors of CSEC, as well as how to reframe how we think about outcomes for survivors involved in the child welfare system. This session will outline a multi-tiered evaluation effort of practices, attitudes, beliefs on trauma (including secondary trauma), and ethics.


Kasandra Dodd
Allison Dunnigan
Emma Hetherington