Project Intersect is an initiative of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). The Network is dedicated to the provision of high quality mental health services to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in Georgia. Through this initiative, treatment services are provided to youth who have been commercially sexual exploited and training is available to therapists interested in serving youth that have been commercially sexually exploited.
Commercially sexually exploited children and adolescents are at very high risk for a broad range of adverse consequences and negative mental health outcomes, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and substance use problems. In recognition of the significant negative impact of commercial sexual exploitation and the critical need for high quality trauma-specific services for this population, Project Intersect draws upon existing trauma-focused evidence-based practices as well as knowledge of the complex needs of those who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation to serve clients and to train mental health providers in Georgia to build a statewide network of therapists to serve commercially sexually exploited youth and their families in Georgia. Therapists are trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) followed by a separate intensive training in CSEC-specific applications of TF-CBT. Treatment is then provided to clients by therapists who have participated in the trainings.
The principal goal of this project is to reduce negative mental health outcomes and improve positive outcomes for youth who have been Commercially Sexually Exploited. This project seeks to:
- Identify evidence-based intervention(s) that effectively engage and treat the mental health needs of commercially sexually exploited children and adolescents
- Train therapists in Georgia to serve commercially sexually exploited children and adolescents using these evidence-based treatments
- Create a network of therapists throughout Georgia to serve commercially sexually exploited children and adolescents
- Collaborate with Georgia Cares to refer commercially sexually exploited children and adolescents to trained therapists within the network
- Evaluate treatment and training to achieve the highest quality mental health care for commercially sexually exploited children and adolescents
Project Intersect provides outpatient therapy services at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy to youth in the Atlanta area who have been commercially sexually exploited. The Project utilizes Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as the primary intervention framework. TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment that is effective with sexually abused and traumatized children and adolescents and has been used successfully with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC).
Commercially sexually exploited children and adolescents and their non-offending caregivers participate in at least weekly 60 or 90-minute sessions. Therapy services are provided free of charge at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. Gas or MARTA Cards are provided to offset transportation costs. The Center is located at:
For more Information or to make a referral for services at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, please contact:
678-904-2880 X 202
678-904-2880 X 208