Training Curriculum

“CSEC 101”

GEMS’ nationally recognized three-day OJJDP Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Community Intervention Project (CCIP) Train-the-Trainer, CSEC 101 curriculum provides a comprehensive overview of CSEC, including the following:

  • Understanding trauma bonds/Stockholm Syndrome
  • Identification of victims
  • Investigating CSEC
  • Best practices in programming and prevention
  • Counseling techniques for commercially sexually exploited (CSE) youth
  • Conducting assessment and intake with CSE victims
  • Criminal behaviors and market forces: supply, demand, motivation
  • Federal and local laws
  • Best practices in investigation and defense
  • Appropriate interviewing for victims and perpetrators
  • Models for court-based interventions
This sustainable Train-the-Trainer method prepares staff to facilitate trainings on their own. This model can be adapted to all content areas and requires a minimum two day commitment from requesting organizations.

Victim, Survivor, LeaderTM (VSLTM) curriculum

GEMS’ innovative Victim, Survivor, LeaderTM (VSLTM) curriculum moves organizations past the CCIP “CSEC 101” curriculum and into specialized service provision with a survivor empowerment/leadership focus, which is at the heart of all of GEMS programming. The VSLTM curriculum is based on two foundational principles that shape and guide all of GEMS’ work: survivor leadership and Transformational Relationships, which are vital for effective youth development, particularly victims of CSEC.  In this curriculum we examine:

  • The Six Core Values of GEMS Programming

Gender Responsive

Trauma Informed

Developmentally Grounded

Strengths Based

Social Justice Oriented

Culturally Competent

  • Developing Transformational Relationships
  • Victim, Survivor, Leader Model
  • Intra-agency Response
  • Inter-agency Response
  • Survivor Leadership and Survivor-Informed Programming

GEMS’ Victim, Survivor, LeaderTM (VSLTM)  training curriculum is the centerpiece for service provision technical assistance, which we provide both on site and remotely via conference calls and webinars to address community-specific challenges and barriers associated with serving victims of CSEC.

In fiscal year 2012, GEMS trained 289 participants with the agency’s entirely survivor-written curriculum in the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Portland, San Diego, Toledo, and Washington DC youth-serving agencies.