From Vulnerability to Resilience: Working with Survivors of Human Trafficking

April 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Formally a foreign language instructor and a high school administrator, Meredith de Saint-Albin now serves the community for the past four years as an Atlanta-based therapist in private practice, treating adults, adolescents, families, and couples. Meredith graduated from Georgia State University with a Master of Art in French Literature and Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy. She later earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia, where she received the MFT Scholarship Award for a research paper. Meredith primarily works from the evidence-based treatment models of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and the closely-related Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). She has trained extensively all over the country with important contributors to these treatment approaches and with the communities, and has given numerous workshops on these treatment approaches. Additionally, Meredith has trained intensively with Amy Weintraub in LifeForce Yoga and incorporates accessible yoga-based interventions for anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Meredith de Saint-Albin is trilingual in English, French, and Spanish, enabling her to work with diverse populations and members of Atlanta’s international community. She partners with several non-profit organizations such as Tapestri, Raksha, and the Mexican Consulate to provide low-cost counseling services, trauma interventions, and biopsychosocial assessments as part of their residency process to survivors of intimate partner violence, sex and labor trafficking, and other forms of exploitation, abuse, and violent crimes.

Alissa Tertichny currently serves the community as a Contract Therapist with Wellspring Living’s Girls Residential Program and as a Case Manager and Counselor with Kennesaw State University’s Department of Counseling and Psychological Services. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher. Alissa earned her Bachelor of Science in Spanish and International Health from Clemson University and her Master of Social Work from Kennesaw State University. She has earned several honors and awards, including and not limited to: the Clenedin Scholarship, the Language and International Health Academic Award, the Grace O’Malleys Award for Undergraduate Women’s Studies Research, and the President’s Volunteer Service Award, Gold.

Alissa has been involved in the anti-trafficking movement for over 10 years through advocacy, awareness, and direct service efforts. As a direct service provider, she has conducted clinical interventions, case management, and trauma-sensitive yoga interventions in both community-based and residential treatment settings for adults and adolescents who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation. Alissa Tertichny has done several presentations on Human Trafficking and Sex Trafficking. She recently presented as a panelist on Commercial and Sexual Exploitation of Children: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Advocacy for the Wilbank’s Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) Clinic , 2018 Annual Conference, at the University of Georgia School of Law.

Originally from Ecuador, Yamile Morales is the Anti- Human Trafficking Program Manager for Tapestri, serving the community as a case manager and direct service provider to foreign nationals who are survivors of human trafficking. She joined Tapestri in 2013, working in the Domestic Violence and Unaccompanied Children Programs.  She received her Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, from Emory University, and her Master of Public Health, Health Promotion and Behavior, from Georgia State University. Her Master’s thesis, Parent-Infant Interaction in a Latino Family, has been published in the International Journal of Child Health and Human Development. Some of her graduate work involved research for and implementation of SelfCare, an evidence-based home visitation program aimed at reducing the risk for child abuse and neglect.

Yamille Morales is bilingual, proficient in written and spoken Spanish and English. Yamille has provided culturally appropriate legal advocacy to assist clients in navigating the legal system. This advocacy has included: filing for Temporary Protection Orders; preparing for court hearings; completing victim compensation applications;  securing pro-bono attorneys; assisting during child support/custody and divorce cases; and assisting attorneys and clients in applying for VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and U-Visa immigration relief.

We are beyond fortunate to have Meredith, Alissa, and Yamille present! It is impossible to not feel touched by these remarkable individuals!

This event will provide 2.0 CEUs. Free CEUs are given to GSCSW members. There is a $15.00 fee per CEU for nonmembers wishing to receive credit.

The workshop will take place between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. in the Monroe Building at Hillside Hospital located at 690 Courtney Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. Feel free to use the alternative entrance at 1301 Monroe Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, as this might be easier.  The gate is often open for this event. If not, you can press the key icon either before or after the gate code: 47279 (GSCSW).  For directions, please do not call the hospital.. You can find them at

There is social networking between 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Come! Enjoy complimentary treats and mingle with your colleagues.

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  • Put your Social Worker License No. in your cellular phone. When you sign in at GSCSW events, it will be easily accessible and your CEUs can be logged.
  • Bring your business cards! You will be in the presence of remarkable colleagues who will be interested in what you do and how to make contact.

Programming occurs in the Monroe Building at Hillside Hospital located at 690 Courtenay Drive, NE Atlanta GA 30306

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