A question of Identity: a therapeutic assessment of an adolescent

Audrey Rosenberg, Assistant Program Director of WestCoast’s Assessment program, was published in the French journal, Le Journal Des Psychologues. Audrey’s article examines the work between a white male assessor and an African American adolescent male using established therapeutic models and adapting them to a transcultural context.

The article is available here.

You can’t stop something you don’t see

Dear WestCoast Community:

Children are bought and sold for sex every night throughout California. Most go unnoticed. We know from our research that exploited youth are abused for 2 to 3 years before anyone recognizes it. In response, WestCoast developed a brief screening tool to help professionals see the signs of exploitation and intervene earlier.
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WestCoast presents at national CANS conference: 2011, 2012, and 2013

WestCoast has presented our research on sexually exploited minors at the National Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Conference in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2011, Dr. April Fernando, WestCoast’s Chief of Clinical Operations, Research, and Training, won the Program Outcome Champion award for innovation in design and implementation of a CANS tool in our clinic.

WestCoast to serve on CSEC Action Team

In July 2013, WestCoast’s Executive Director, Stacey Katz, was selected to serve on the California Child Welfare Council’s CSEC Action Team. The CSEC Action Team was convened in response to the recommendations in the Council’s report Ending the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Call for Multi-System Collaboration in CaliforniaDr. Katz will provide the mental health perspective on the problem of child sex trafficking, and is co-chair of the Identification and Prevalence sub-committee.

WestCoast releases white paper on needs and strengths of sexually exploited minors

In July 2012, WestCoast released a research report with our findings from a two-year collaborative research project focused on the needs and strengths of Sexually Exploited Minors. The report includes mental health practice implications and policy recommendations. Download Research to Action: Sexually Exploited Minors Needs and Strengths to read more about what we found.