Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2024

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Aaron Suomala Folkerds


Commercial sexual exploitation of youth is an umbrella term that includes sex trafficking, and other crimes, as well as receiving an exchange for something of value because of sexual abuse or exploitation of a minor (Perry et al., 2022). Children can develop chronic mental and physical health issues as a result of commercial sexual exploitation (Hickle & Roe-Sepowitz, 2014). Given that these experiences can be traumatic for the child, often leading to trauma-related mental illnesses, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) would be best suited for working with this population. This literature review and training module explore the risk factors, impacts, and treatment modalities that can be used when working with victims of commercial sexual exploitation. The objective of this training will result in counselor education allowing them to implement best practices when working with this specific population.

Keywords: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mental Health, Trauma, Best Practices

Included in

Counseling Commons



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