Healing Action is committed to combating commercial sexual exploitation through a multi-system approach of creating awareness by sharing our experience / strength / hope with others, advocacy with/on behalf of survivors for programs and services needed to empower them, and healing action to create spaces where all can thrive.
awareness by sharing advocacy for survivors healing action to thrive
To date Healing Action has provided support to over 200 survivors and currently has a list of 90 active survivors receiving services.
Since 2005, Katie has been raising awareness about commercial sexual exploitation through speaking about her own experience as a survivor, mentoring other survivors and consulting with agencies that support victims of violence.
Katie currently holds a Masters in Social Work from Washington University in Saint Louis, as well as a Bachelor in Social Work from Metropolitan State University.
Service Management is available to help insure that basic needs are met and set survivors up for success. Services are typically delivered one-on-one with survivors to assist with meeting basic needs (food, clothing, housing), substance use treatment, legal and medical needs, and providing support and transportation for appointments in the community.
Peer Support is the giving and receiving of support between people with a common experience. Services are centered around recovery, rebuilding, and relationships. Supportive groups and one-on-one coaching sessions are led by a Missouri Certified Peer Specialist that focus on specific topics each session and survivor-directed goal setting and monitoring.
Therapy at Healing Action is provided to support survivors through a process of growth and healing. Therapy is a long-term support and treatment option offered to help survivors understand and process their trauma. Trauma therapy utilizes trauma-focused treatment modalities to provide individual counseling, group counseling, and group psychoeducation.
Transportation assistance is provided by Healing Action to connect survivors to their community and reduce barriers to recovery. Survivors use transportation assistance for attending services at Healing Action, accessing treatment and groups, and going to school or employment. Assistance is provided in the form of bus passes and gift cards to Healing Action members.