Live Webinar: In Plain Sight: Confronting the Human Trafficking Crisis in the Dental Setting

Saturday, March 26, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Pacific time)


This course will be a live webinar offered through Zoom, which enables you to participate in interactive, distance learning through your own computer or tablet. This live interactive webinar will count towards in-person instructional hours per the Dental Board of California. However, this may vary for license renewal in other states. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the requirements of his/her state licensing board(s).

The registration period has closed for this event.


Human Trafficking is a rapidly increasing public health and safety issue in the United States with more than 200,000 minors at risk. It is the fastest rising commerce in the world with millions of people across the globe forced into labor or sexual exploitation with deception and intimidation. It is reported that up to 80% of victims are seen by a healthcare provider while captive. Often, victims will not identify themselves or their situation due to fear of being further abused by their captor.

Oral healthcare providers are perfectly positioned to identify the signs and report suspected human trafficking. By educating dental clinicians, victims of trafficking may be more likely to be rescued and receive the appropriate resources for recovery. This course will define types of trafficking, differentiate between sex trafficking and sex work, identify at-risk populations, describe how to identify and report trafficked patients and discuss trauma-informed care. The State of California mandates reporting so this course is essential for understanding what that entails for each practitioner.

You Will Learn:

  • To understand the definition of human trafficking
  • How to identify a person who is being trafficked
  • The principles of trauma-informed care and how to communicate with a potentially trafficked person
  • To understand the procedures for reporting a potentially trafficked person


Who Should Attend:

This informative webinar is intended for all dental professionals who have patient contact, including front office support staff.

About Us

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is one of the nation's premier dental schools and has served the Bay Area community for more than 100 years. The dental school is committed to excellence and innovation in education, research, community service and patient care. The Division of Continuing Dental Education is dedicated to educating dental professionals by providing the highest quality CE programs available in dentistry today.



As a courtesy, please register in advance to receive presentation links, course material and other timely information. Registration will close at 5:00 pm on Friday, March 25, 2022.


CE Credit

CEU: Units - 2

This activity is designated for 2 units of continuing education credit.

Course Fees

Tuition: $99

*This is a specially discounted program and additional tuition discounts do not apply.


Kandice Swarthout, RDH, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor, registered dental hygienist and a full-time dental hygiene educator in Texas. She is the owner of Inspired Education & Wellness where she serves as a speaker, writer and private practice therapist. She combines her clinical dental hygiene and mental health experience to help other healthcare professionals have a fulfilling work-life experience. Read Kandice's articles in Dentistry IQ, Today's RDH and her blog on Facebook titled, "Fearless Compassion: Stories of Personal Triumph."



The interactive webinar will be hosted by Zoom


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