What is it about?

Human trafficking is a worldwide concern. Understanding best practices for working cross-culturally in a trauma-informed way is essential. This article details my personal experiences providing consultation, training, and care in a multicultural safe house for survivors of human trafficking in Finland.

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Why is it important?

As a psychologist working in cross-cultural safe house services, I have first-hand experience in not only consulting for an international team but monitoring the daily struggles of survivors in holistic recovery efforts. Additionally, I provide some necessary components to working with this diverse group of individuals, the multiple ethical concerns related to daily care with people with different languages and religious faith as well as making self-care a priority. Finally, recommendations are made to better prepare providers for entry into this type of work.


Writing this article was helpful to me personally because it forced me to more seriously think about the ethical dilemmas present in this work. It also caused me to consider training opportunities that I feel providers of psychological services need to seek before entry into this level of care as well as ways to better incorporate the use of consultation as a form of self-care.

Dr. Cindy W. Mikeal

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This page is a summary of: Atypical jobs in psychology: Provision of cross-cultural safe-house services for survivors of human trafficking in Finland., Psychological Services, May 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/ser0000681.
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