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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Genevieve L. Y. Arnaut, Psy.D., Ph.D.


In this case study, a mental health professional’s experience of working with sex-trafficked youths was examined. The participant was a White female in her early 30s who had formerly worked with commercially sexually exploited children for 2.5 years; during the interview, she spoke about her experiences of providing mental health services to sex-trafficked youths. Three themes were identified: therapeutic context, unique client characteristics, and personal toll of the job. More research is needed to determine whether these themes are generalizable to other mental health professionals who work with sex-trafficked youths.