An introduction to human trafficking

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Human trafficking is commonly referred to as “a modern form of slavery.” From 2009 to 2016, two thirds of the reported human trafficking offences in Canada took place in the province of Ontario (Ibrahim, 2018). This poses a real challenge to mental health and addiction service providers in the province, who may encounter people who have been—or are being—trafficked.

EENet’s new online course will help service providers recognize and respond to the needs of human trafficking survivors. After taking the course you will be able to:

  • Define human trafficking, including types and indicators
  • Identify common impacts on human trafficking survivors, especially in the area of mental health and addiction
  • Describe approaches that mental health and addiction service providers can use to help human trafficking survivors.


The course also includes an online community of practice, which offers the opportunity to discuss course content and other issues related to human trafficking, addiction, mental health.

This course is suitable for anyone working or studying to be a mental health service provider in Ontario, including counsellors, social workers, case managers, nurses, physicians, and others.

The course is self-directed and divided into sections, allowing service providers to fit the course into their unique schedules at their convenience. In total, it takes about two to three hours to finish.

Register here.

If you have questions about the course, please contact pssp [dot] courses [at] camh [dot] ca. Please note that inquiries e-mailed after 5:00pm ET will be answered the next business day.

The development of this course was supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Project Contact: 

pssp [dot] courses [at] camh [dot] ca

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