Understanding & Working with Children and Youth Who Have Been Sexually Exploited

This four-day (Winnipeg) or three-day (rural Manitoba) workshop will give you the understanding and skills to work with children and youth who have been sexually exploited/trafficked in the sex trade.

This workshop is necessary to address the realities of sexually exploited and trafficked children, youth, and adults in Canada and will help work towards accomplishing the long-term goal of the Manitoba Provincial Strategy “Tracia’s Trust” to abolish sexual exploitation. Training for all systems, including child welfare, justice, education and health, is critical to this goal’s accomplishment.



  • Build awareness and understanding of your own strengths, biases, values, etc.
  • Clarify important issues, dispel myths and misconceptions, and challenge conventional views and perspectives
  • Increase your understanding of the historical impacts of colonization and other factors that have contributed to the sexual exploitation of children/youth
  • Gain knowledge on current sex trade/trafficking legislation
  • Assess risk and level of exploitation
  • Understand how predators (pimps/traffickers/gangs) exploit children/youth
  • Intervene effectively with children/youth at different stages of exploitation
  • Employ Stages of Change and Harm Reduction strategies
  • Identify the barriers associated with exiting the sex trade and adapt treatments
  • Increase knowledge and awareness of the range of services and resources that have been designed to intervene, protect, and support children/youth



  • Fill out the registration form and send to terf@newdirections.mb.ca – download the registration form here.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to you and your supervisor once your registration has been processed
  • If the session you’re attempting to register for is full, a future training session will be offered instead.
  • New Directions will invoice your agency once the training is completed. Certificates will be mailed when payment has been received.
  • If you have any questions, please contact:
  • Cheryl Lynch, Administrative assistant
    Transition, Education and Resources for Females/New Directions
    717 Portage Ave, Winnipeg MB R3G 0M8
    Phone: (204) 786-7051 ext. 5311    Fax: (204) 774-6468

Dates: see below
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day
Cost: $200 
(Winnipeg participants)
           $150 ( Rural participants)

 If cost is an issue, please contact Jane Runner at (204)786-7051 ext. 5260 or Jane.Runner@newdirections.mb.ca

Registration closes a week before the scheduled workshop


90 Part 1
Part 2
January 20 & 21, 2022
February 24 & 25, 2022
Viscount Gort
1670 Portage Avenue
91 Part 1
Part 2
March, 2022 (dates TBD) Out of Town
92 Part 1
Part 2
March 24 & 25, 2022
April 28 & 29, 2022
Viscount Gort
1670 Portage Avenue
93 Part 1
Part 2
May 12 & 13, 2022
June 16 & 17, 2022
Viscount Gort
1670 Portage Avenue
94 Part 1
Part 2
September, 2022 (dates TBD) Out of Town


  • Fax/E-mail completed registration form to TERF@newdirections.mb.ca
  • New Directions will invoice agency once training is completed ($200.00 per session for Winnipeg sessions and $150.00 for 3-day rural sessions)


Please note that venues used for training may have proof of vaccination requirements. Details for each session will be included in the confirmation email sent prior to session dates.

Training sessions may be switched to virtual sessions should there be changes to Public Health Orders.


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