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Building Resilience through Harm Reduction: Working with Sexually Exploited Youth and Young People

Friday, May 19, 2023

9:00 am - 11:00 am PT

$50 per person Virtual Event 

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Course Overview:

Harm reduction is a framework and a set of strategies used to meet the needs of youth and young people engaging in or experiencing in unsafe behaviors and circumstances including commercial sexual exploitation.  This presentation will review the philosophy of harm reduction and why it is an effective strategy for mental health professionals and other child-serving systems when working with sexually exploited youth. Five high risk behaviors or experiences will be discussed (active exploitation, substance misuse, violent relationships, leaving care without permission, and dangerous cell phone/social media use). Practical applications of harm reduction will be reviewed through lecture, reflection, and discussion.

About Brandi D. Liles, PhD:

Dr. Brandi D. Liles is a licensed clinical psychologist at the CAARE Center in the Pediatric Department of the UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Red Leaf Psychology, Inc. Over the course of her career, Dr. Liles has developed an expertise in working with children, youth, young adults and their families who have experienced trauma and maltreatment including commercial child sexual exploitation. She has worked extensively with socially, culturally and economically diverse and disadvantaged children and families.

In addition to providing evidence-based assessment and treatment to clients, she provides training and consultation for students, interns, community providers, and child welfare and juvenile justice system partners in a variety of topics related to trauma-responsive care.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • List three reasons why harm reduction is applicable to sexually exploited youth and young people.

  • Reflect on and analyze 5 philosophies of harm reduction from the literature.

  • Evaluate 2-3 applications of harm reduction in their own work with sexually exploited youth.

Continuing Education Units:

Cost: $20

Continuing Education Credit:

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance. Participants may also apply for Continuing Education Credits after the event. Course meets qualifications for two hour(s) of Continuing Education Credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #128590). The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.  CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. CE Credits will be available after the event for a fee of $20. Certificates for CE Credits will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event. If you would like to cancel your CE application or would like a refund, please contact Nelle Standwood at

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should contact Nelle Standwood at

This training is funded by the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. With your support, CIR provides current, research-based training programs that ensure that children, families, and communities are served in a coordinated, holistic way, allowing professionals in the field to implement strategies to improve their practice.