Approved for Continuing Education

This course is listed with the FSMTB CE Registry for 1 CEU for massage therapists.

*Please note: In order to be eligible for CE credit, you must register with your full name (as it appears on your professional license) and your license state and number.

Course Description

According to the Polaris Project, human trafficking "is widespread but exact numbers are hard to come by. It follows patterns, but every situation is also unique." the exact scope of trafficking activity is hard to come by, but it is clear that trafficking occurs in every type of community. 

This course uses FSMTB's 2017 Human Trafficking Task Force Report, interviews with subject matter experts, and discussions of real world examples to show how massage therapists can be a part of the solution.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • About the Instructor

    • Course Description

    • Acknowledgements

    • Something(s) to think about...

  • 2


    • Types of Human Trafficking

    • Trafficking Prevalence and Statistics

  • 3

    Identifying Human Trafficking Victims

    • Who are trafficking victims?

    • Can you spot human trafficking in your neighborhood?

  • 4

    Illicit Massage Businesses (IMBs)

    • IMBs

    • Sarah's story (part 1)

    • Sarah's story (part 2)

  • 5

    Reporting and Advocacy

    • Reporting and Advocacy (part 1)

    • Reporting and Advocacy (part 2)

    • Want to continue the conversation?

  • 6


    • Human Trafficking Power and Control Wheel

    • Domestic Violence Power and Control Wheel

    • How to Spot Human Trafficking

    • FSMTB Human Trafficking Task Force Report

    • Polaris Project 2019 US Human Trafficking Hotline Data

    • Reporting and Advocacy Resources

    • Podcast: You're Wrong About: Human Trafficking

  • 7

    Final Quiz

    • Final Quiz


Instructor & Education Director

Rebecca Sturgeon

In addition to being a valuable member of Healwell’s faculty and curriculum development team, Rebecca is also Healwell’s Education Director. She works tirelessly to organize existing courses and to create new opportunities for Healwell to offer meaningful and robust inter-professional education for massage therapists and other health care providers. Rebecca co-authored "Oncology Massage: An integrative approach to cancer care" (Handspring, 2021.) As a former teacher of writing at the college level, Rebecca is passionate about the written word and about all forms of human communication. In her massage practice, she focuses on integrating therapeutic massage as part of overall health and wellness care. She is also an experienced mentor to new massage therapists, and facilitator of learning groups.

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