An introduction to human trafficking

From 2009 to 2016, two thirds of the reported human trafficking offences in Canada took place in the province of Ontario (Ibrahim, 2018). This poses a real challenge to mental health and addiction service providers in the province, who may encounter people who have been—or are being—trafficked.

EENet’s online course will help service providers recognize and respond to the needs of human trafficking survivors. After taking the course you will be able to:

  • Define human trafficking, including types and indicators
  • Identify common impacts on human trafficking survivors, especially in the area of mental health and addiction
  • Describe approaches that mental health and addiction service providers can use to help human trafficking survivors.


The course:

  • is free and self-directed
  • takes about two to three hours
  • includes five modules that can be completed in multiple sessions at any time
  • offers a letter of completion from within the course, once all content and activities are finished
  • is suitable for any addiction and mental health service provider or student in Ontario, including counsellors, social workers, case managers, nurses, physicians, and others.


The training also includes an online community of practice, which offers the opportunity to discuss course content and other issues related to human trafficking, addiction, and mental health.

Register here

If you have questions about the course, please contact pssp [dot] courses [at] camh [dot] ca

The development of this course was supported by Ontario’s Ministry of Health.


Ibrahim, D. (2018). Trafficking in persons in Canada, 2016 (Juristat Bulletin—Quick Fact No. 85- 005– X). Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Statistics Canada.

Project Contact: 

pssp [dot] courses [at] camh [dot] ca

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