SOAR to Health and Wellness Training

Stop. Observe. Ask. Respond to Human Trafficking


Stop. Observe. Ask. Respond (SOAR) Human Trafficking Training
Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Many victims of human trafficking come into contact with health care and social service professionals and remain unidentified. Potential victims can present with a wide-range of physical and psychological health issues and social service needs. The SOAR training aims to educate health care and social service professionals on how to identify, treat, and respond appropriately to potential victims of human trafficking.

What is the history of the SOAR training?

The SOAR training was originally designed in 2014 by the HHS Administration for Children & Families (ACF) and the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) as a pilot training for health care providers. It was tested by partnering with hospitals and community clinics in Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Oakland, and Williston and New Town, North Dakota with the goal of increasing provider awareness and identification of potential victims of human trafficking. Two SOAR Technical Working Groups and several regional work groups comprised of human trafficking survivors and other health care experts helped develop the SOAR content.

Who should take the SOAR training?

Anyone interested in learning more about how to recognize and respond to human trafficking in a health care or social services setting is encouraged to enroll in SOAR. In particular, training content will be available for the following specific audiences:

  • Health care providers (e.g., physicians, dentists, nurses)
  • Social workers (e.g., school-based social workers)
  • Public health professionals (e.g., health department staff)
  • Behavioral health professionals (e.g., mental health/substance use counselors)

What will I learn in the SOAR training?

You will learn how to:

  • Stop - Become aware of the scope of human trafficking
  • Observe - Recognize the verbal and non-verbal indicators of human trafficking
  • Ask - Identify and interact with a potential human trafficking victim using a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach
  • Respond - Respond effectively to a potential human trafficking victim by identifying needs and available resources to provide critical support and assistance

Will the SOAR training be available online?

Yes, you will have the option to take the SOAR training through a scheduled online virtual classroom. These training sessions use the same content as the in-person SOAR training, and will be conducted in real-time by a SOAR trainer.

When will the SOAR training be available and how do I enroll?

To register for an upcoming virtual training, please click one of the following links that corresponds to your availability:

Virtual Training Sessions:

The virtual training sessions will occur between 1:00-4:15pm EDT and will be facilitated by subject matter experts from the 2016 SOAR Technical Working Group (TWG).

In-Person Training Sessions:

In-person registration will be available shortly.  To spread the word and learn more about the SOAR Training, please download our SOAR Training Infographic and SOAR Training Poster.

Will the SOAR training be available in a self-paced format?

No, you must attend a scheduled training session. However, the course materials will be available for you to download and reference any time after you have completed the training.

How long does the training take?

The SOAR training is a three-hour course.

Can I receive continuing education (CE) credit for completing the SOAR training?

The Stop. Observe. Ask. Responding to Human Trafficking (SOAR) training was approved as a continuing education activity by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

The following CE/CMEs are offered to participants, who complete a training session and electronically submit the end-of-course evaluation:

  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
  • American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
  • American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Certified Public Health (CPH) by the National Board of Public Health Examiners
  • International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET)

Who should I contact to learn more about SOAR?

Find contacts in the Office of Trafficking in Persons.

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Last Reviewed: September 8, 2016