Florida State University has launched a new online Professional Certification in Human Trafficking Prevention and Intervention. This curriculum was developed as a joint project of the FSU Clearinghouse on Trauma & Resilience within the Institute for Family Violence Studies, the College of Social Work, the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights and the Center on Academic and Professional Advancement. The curriculum enables professionals to develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand the dynamics of the different types of human trafficking. It also provides professionals with practical skills to increase awareness of and improve services and interventions for victims/survivors of trafficking.

This self-paced curriculum includes seven chapters and 12 hours of course content with research-based readings, case scenarios, multi-media materials, 11 new videos from experts in the field, assignments, and quizzes.

This certification is designed for:

  • Human Trafficking Professionals, Coalition and Task Force Members
  • Social Services Providers, Human Resources Staff, Victim Advocates, & Child Welfare Staff
  • Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, & Guardians ad Litem
  • First Responders: Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, & EMS
  • Medical Professionals: Physicians, & Nurses
  • Lawyers, Judges, & Legal Assistants
  • Clergy Members
  • Criminal justice officers and administrators
  • Teachers & Higher Education Administrators
  • Pre-K-12 Teachers and administrators
  • Media Professionals

The benefits of this certification include:

  • Enhancing your professional knowledge and skills, and expanding your ability to further the mission of your agency, task force, or coalition.
  • A deeper understanding of the dynamics of the most common types of human trafficking.
  • Learning about public health, multi-disciplinary approach to prevention of human trafficking.
  • Knowledge of the state and federal laws designed to protect both child and adult victim/survivors of human trafficking, and to hold traffickers accountable.
  • Learning the effect of trauma on victim/survivors, preventing trafficking in vulnerable adults, and trauma-informed justice solutions.
  • Providing professionals with knowledge of innovative survivor-centered law enforcement, judicial, human services, and community services.

Advisory Council

The research team at the Institute for Family Violence Studies appreciates the expertise of our Advisory Review Board Members for Human Trafficking Prevention and Intervention:

Terry Coonan, J.D.
Robin Hassler Thompson, M.A., J.D.
James Clark, Ph.D., LCSW
Suzanne Harrison, M.D.
Carol Edwards, MSW, LCSW
Craig Stanley, Ph.D., LCSW
Shalay Jackson, MSW, D.P.H.

This Professional Certification was created by the Institute for Family Violence Studies

Karen Oehme, J.D., Director
Ann Perko, J.D., Director of Research Dissemination
Lyndi Bradley, MSW, Program Manager

Continuing Education Units

Note: The number of CEUs may differ depending on the profession and approval agency as described below.

Participants must report their certificate to their licensure board to receive credit. We do not report to the licensure boards.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Social Workers

  • Continuing Education Units (CEU) programs are set forth and approved for licensure renewal as outlined in the Florida Statutes and by Chapter 491 Licensure Board. This Professional Certification course is approved for and offers 12 contact hours for clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors.

Participants outside of Florida must submit to their own licensing board to determine credit awarded.

Nurses, Dentists, Dental Hygienists, and Respiratory Therapists

  • Big Bend Area Health Education Center is a Florida Department of Health approved provider for the Florida Board of Nursing, the Florida Board of Dentistry, and the Florida Board of Respiratory Care. Approved for 15 hours.

Participants outside of Florida must submit to their own licensing board to determine credit awarded.

Florida Lawyers

  • Continuing Education Units for Florida lawyers have been approved by the Florida Bar. You will receive a total of ten point five (10.5) CLEs toward general education for earning a Professional Certification and submitting your hours to the Florida Bar.

Participants outside of Florida must submit to their own licensing board to determine credit awarded.

Judges

  • The Office of the State Courts Administrator of the Florida Supreme Court has approved a total of ten point five (10.5) Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) units to judges and magistrates in Florida.

Participants outside of Florida must submit to their own licensing board to determine credit awarded.

About Our Program

1. Cost

How much does the training cost?
The training is currently $349 per person.

Is the registration fee different for non-Florida residents?
No. Participants are charged the same course fee regardless of where they reside.

Do you offer discounts to non-profits?
The vast majority of our participants come from non-profit organizations. As such, we did everything in our power to keep the cost of the training as low as possible. So, while we do not offer discounts to non-profits specifically, we currently offer a 10% discount to the following populations:

  1. Active and inactive U.S. Military
  2. FSU Alumni
  3. FSU Students, Faculty, & Staff

How do I obtain the discount?
You need a promo code that you MUST enter during you registration process. This cannot be applied retroactively. To obtain the promo code you must supply the following information for each population (email to ccarballo@fsu.edu):

  1. Active and inactive U.S. Military
    • Send an email from your .mil account, OR
    • Scan and email your military orders, OR
    • Scan and email you military ID
  2. FSU Alumni
    • Full name as it was when you attended FSU, and
    • Date of Birth, and
    • Graduation Year
  3. FSU Students, Faculty, & Staff
    • Full name as is found in the Faculty/Staff database

Can I use my State Tuition Waiver?
State Employee Tuition Waivers are restricted to credit courses. This course is non-credit, professional development and therefore does not apply for the tuition waiver.

Do you offer group discounts?
Group discounts are available to associations, agencies, and organizations who are registering multiple participants. Please email us at resilience@capd.fsu.edu to discuss.

2. Course Format

How is the training structured?
Our training is fully online and is self-paced. It includes 12 hours of course content and seven chapters of research-based readings, case scenarios, multi-media materials, assignments, and quizzes.

How does the online course work?

  • The course is made up of 7 Chapters which you must work through by completing assignments and passing each chapter quiz with at least 80% before the next chapter is released.
  • You will be able to retake each quiz until you achieve a passing score.
  • Upon successful completion of all 7 chapters, the final exam will be released and you will need to score at least an 80% to pass it.
  • Once you have passed the Final Exam and completed a Feedback survey, the certification will be released.

How long does it take to compelte the training?
We estimate that it will take you 12 hours to complete the training.

Is there a time-frame in which I need to complete the training?
After you register, the training will be open to you for one year (calendar year). Even if you complete the course in a short period of time, the course materials will remain open to you for the entire year.

3. Registration

Who can register for this training?
The training non-credit, professional development and is therefore open to the public. Participants do not need to apply to the University, rather they simply have to register and submit their payment.

Who should register for this training?
The curriculum enables professionals to develop their knowledge and skills needed to understand the dynamics of the different types of human trafficking. It also provides professionals with practical skills to increase awareness of and improve services and interventions for victims/survivors of trafficking.

Do I need to apply to the program?
No, there is no application process to participate in this program. This is a non-credit professional development/continuing education opportunity that is open to the public.

Are there educational requirements or pre-requisites to participate in this training?
While there are no special degree requirements to participate in this training, please note that the level of instruction is that of an upper-division college course.

How do I register for this training?

PLEASE NOTE: Access to this course is on another website. Your login information and the link to the course will be sent to you 1-2 business days after your payment is confirmed. If you submit your payment on Friday or on the weekend, your login information will be sent to you that following Monday.

4. Where do I Take the Training and When Does it Start?

When are the courses offered?
Registration for the course is rolling and the curriculum is self-paced and fully online. This means participants may begin at any time – after registration and payment has been received.

PLEASE NOTE: Access to this course is on another website. Your login information and the link to the course will be sent to you 1-2 business days after your payment is confirmed. If you submit your payment on Friday or on the weekend, your login information will be sent to you that following Monday.

Where do I access the course?
The training portal is accessed at https://courses.learningforlife.fsu.edu. This is NOT the same place participants registered. Participants will be able to access and start the training once payment has been submitted and processed and login credentials have been provided.

5. What Credentials can I earn?

Upon successful completion of the course, students are issued a downloadable Certificate of Completion.

Will I receive CEUs for completing this training?
We currently offer CEUs for the professions listed below, practiced in Florida.

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Licensed Social Workers
  • Lawyers

How many CEUs will I get?
The number of CEUs may differ depending on the profession and approval agency, you can find specific information in CEU tab next to this one.

What if my profession is not listed among the ones that earn CEUs?
We are working on expanding the reach of this training so other professions can also earn CEUs.

How many CEUs will I get if I practice outside of Florida?
Participants outside of Florida must submit to their own licensing board to determine credit awarded.

How do I receive the CEUs once the training is complete?
Once you successfully complete the training, we will provide you with the CE broker # you will need to enter yourself. You will find these codes when you are about to download your professional certification.

Call (850) 644-7545 or email ccarballo@fsu.edu to obtain Discount Codes. Discount codes MUST be used during the registration process and cannot be applied after the registration is submitted, no exceptions. We currently offer discounts to the following populations:

  • All active/inactive U.S. Military – 10%. Must supply:
    • Send an email from your .mil account, OR
    • Scan and email your military orders, OR
    • Scan and email you military ID
  • FSU Alumni – 10%. Must supply:
    • Full name as it was when you attended FSU, and
    • Date of Birth, and
    • Graduation Year
  • FSU Students – 10%. Must supply:
    • Full name and
    • Date of Birth
  • FSU Faculty & Staff -10%. Must supply:
    • Full name as is found in the Faculty/Staff database
  • Group Discounts also Available

*Discounts are not cumulative. Only one discount can be used per student.

Minimum Hardware Requirements
A functional laptop or desktop computer, tablet or smartphone with a reliable high-speed Internet connection.

Minimum Skills Requirements
Basic computer literacy including the ability to connect to the Internet and navigate the web using URLs, Web search engines and links.

Minimum Time Requirements
The estimated time to complete this certification is 20 hours.

Please note that there are NO REFUNDS. So, be sure that you can take the course before inputting your payment information.

For More Information:

Course Content Support:
Lyndi Bradley, FSU CSW Institute for Family Violence Studies
lbradley2@fsu.edu
(850) 644-1715

Registration Assistance:
Catia Carballo, Center for Academic & Professional Development
(850) 644-7545 or use the contact form below.

For Questions about the Professional Certification in Human Trafficking Prevention & Intervention

Introductory Price:
(limited time only)

$349

Regular Price:
$699

Please Note:
Access to the course is not immediate upon payment and is in a different location than where you registered. Course access information and log in credentials will be emailed to you.
“I am thoroughly excited about the information that I have obtained in this course. I feel better equipped going forward. I can be more diligent in my own surroundings with the applications that I have learned. There was so much more to learn about human trafficking than I already knew. This course gave insightful perspectives of trafficking from its origin to finality and the variety of trafficking that most don’t consider.”
- Amber Mockovciak, Family Division Case Manager

12th Judicial Circuit Courts, Sarasota / Manatee / DeSoto, FL

“I have been a member of a local human trafficking task force for several years. I’ve been to multiple trainings dealing with trafficking but this course was the first one to give me the in-depth training I need to really understand the needs of victims and survivors. I now know the questions to ask when discussing how to best serve victims. I believe this course gave me the information necessary to make a meaningful contribution during meetings and staffings rather than just be an observer.”
- Crystal Noble, County Manager

Department of Juvenile Justice, Greenville County, SC

“This course offers a much-needed overview of insights into trafficking and the current efforts needed by all citizens to take their part in the anti-trafficking community. It takes all of us coming together to create a world free from slavery. This course will help with your understanding of the issue, address common misconceptions, and equip you to take action in your own life to be able to recognize and report trafficking, assist survivors, as well as play your part in prevention efforts.”
- Jess McCoy, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Tri County Technical College, Pendleton, South Carolina

“Easy to navigate with a well-rounded curriculum touching all facets of understanding human trafficking.”
- Marion Pearson, Violence Prevention Program Manager

Douglas County Human Trafficking Task Force, Roseburg, Oregon

“An in-depth, thought-provoking training. This certification provides substantive background, analysis and tools to help its participants understand the gravity of human trafficking exploitation. It outlines key indicators that will increase participants’ awareness about human trafficking and emphasizes the importance of trauma-informed programs for survivors. Highly recommend this certification.”
- Erin Collins, Executive Director

Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking, Tallahassee, FL