Creative Arts in Counselling and Trauma

Field practicum: Cambodia and possibly Thailand– various locations

Have you ever wanted to serve in anti-sex trafficking work in Asia? Do you have a desire to embrace those who are struggling with the trauma of sex trafficking? Do you feel called to encourage, and bring life to those who are in need? Then our Creative Arts in Counseling and Trauma program may be for you.


School of Freedom curriculum covers topics such as:

  • Understanding the global problem of human trafficking
  • Sex trafficking in Southeast Asia
  • Cultural context: understanding Cambodia’s history and culture
  • A former John’s perspective on prostitution
  • Human trafficking interventions
  • Cross-cultural missions: when helping hurts, and how to be effective instead
  • Sexual trauma 
  • Aftercare for survivors of trafficking
  • Creative Arts in counselling
  • Research organizations work, services and impact
  • Strategic prayer and intercession
  • Self-defense training


There will be a number of readings and school assignments throughout the term that will help students to process the information and prepare them for work in the area of human trafficking.


By the end of the school, students will be equipped to apply their knowledge in a group field practicum, and will be well-prepared to work in anti-trafficking efforts within established organizations on a short-term or long-term basis, along with other types of short- and long-term social justice work. 


Field Practicum involves:

  • Working with well-established organizations that provide aftercare to survivors
  • Delivering Creative Arts in Counselling workshops* to Cambodian and international staff  Dancers also welcome to serve in Dance Movement Modules
  • Supporting workshop leaders by assisting in workshops and through intercession
  • Possible outreach to women and children at risk
  • Visits to some important historical sites in Cambodia

*Only those with workshop, counselling and/or therapist designations, or who are trained in using creative arts in counselling will be delivering the workshops; other students will be assisting.


School begins: October 28, 2019. Three hour live interactive video classes are held weekly, except for certain holidays. 

Field practicum: Approximately May 16 – June 2, 2019


Cost for tuition:$2,000 CAD 

In Asia transportation fees: $300

Calendar of fees:

Acceptance fee is $100 CAD due within 14 days of acceptance letter.

First day of class Oct. 28, 2019 – $300 CAD.

Jan. 1, 2020: $1,600 CAD

March 1, 2020: $300 CAD transportation fee.

April 15, 2020:  Proof of flights.

Costs for food and hotel: hotel approximately $25 USD per day shared occupancy.  Single occupancy approximately $45 USD.  Food Approximately $25 USD per day.

Based on $1,300 flights, the trip should be about $4,800-$5000 CAD

For those who wish to take the school and not travel, the cost is $2000 CAD

Eligibility: You must be 18 years or older and have a valid passport.  All applications will be prayerfully considered. Please note that the schedule will be packed and the activities and travel will be physically (and emotionally) demanding. 

Candidates ideally have a heart for seeing the broken healed, a desire to help address human trafficking, a background in creative arts and/or counselling, experience in intercessory prayer, and spiritual maturity.  

Because of the depth to which we cover topics related to physical, psychological, and sexual assault and trauma, we strongly recommend that those candidates that have experienced this in their past 1) disclose this to the senior leaders of the School of Freedom so that they can provide support and resources in the event that material is triggering, and 2) seek out Christian counselling to experience personal freedom and healing if they have not already done so. 

A Little about Cambodia

Cambodia Map in South East Asia
Cambodia is situated in South East Asia

Located in beautiful Southeast Asia, Cambodia is home to about 15 million people. The sex industry is well supported by both foreign purchasers of sex coming in from Western nations, other parts of Asia, and locals. There are two types of “girly” bars in Cambodia: The hostess bars that are oriented to Western foreigners, and the karaoke bars or bigger KTVs that are mainly oriented to local Khmer males and Asian tourists.

Many women and girls come from all over Cambodia to work in Phnom Penh, Svay Pak or Siem Riep looking for work, while others are trafficked there by family or friends.  Some find themselves in KTV’s (karaoke bars)  due to a lack of skills, education, and opportunities. Here, they become a commercial and re-saleable commodity.

Children are also sold to brothels or rented to traffickers by the hour or night to provide an income for families.  Someone’s virginity can be sold for as high as $5,000 USD, with a small amount of this profiting the girl’s family, and the rest profiting the traffickers.  

Traffickers find a vulnerability in families financially, such as a need for medicine or healthcare, food, and shelter.  They lend a family money at exorbitant rates that compound beyond the family’s capabilities to repay. As a means of repayment, traffickers then offer to take the child to “work” in a nearby city.

Begging Rings

Even from the womb, children born into poverty are vulnerable to traffickers who offer to purchase them for between $200-$500 USD while their mothers are pregnant with them. Begging rings are one of the most visible forms of human trafficking—and it’s largely financed and enabled by good-hearted people who just want to help and give spare change.

These children are drugged to sleep most of the 24 hours. As one walks by, they would see an impoverished mother with a sleeping child in her arms begging for food money.  But in reality, the woman and child are being trafficked by an organized crime ring. These children are often sexually exploited and can be sold into labor rings and sex trafficking when they become too big to carry.

Offering empowering options to Cambodian families and serving established organizations who know what works best, is imperative to bring about change. 

As you learn more about Cambodia, its belief system, culture, family, and push-pull factors, we believe that The Holy Spirit will begin to direct your steps into how your abolition calling will be utilized by Jesus. His plans for you on the global scene are going to change your life and the lives of those who are most vulnerable.  

We are excited to teach and prepare you for taking the next steps internationally.  We trust that your Heavenly Father has you in His grip and will strengthen you as you engage in this issue.  We welcome you to this global work of Free people freeing people.  We are excited to serve you. We know Jesus will help you fulfill the great commission to:

“Go into all the world and make disciples of every nation, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you… Fear not for I am with you even to the end of the age”  Matt. 28:18-20

Have you ever wanted to serve in anti-sex trafficking work in Asia? Do you have a desire to embrace those who are struggling with the trauma of sex trafficking? Do you feel called to encourage, and bring life to those who are in need? Then our Creative Arts in Counseling and Trauma program may be for you.

Many trafficking organizations in Cambodia have national workers that are struggling with the effects of working in such a spiritually, emotionally, and physically taxing environment. Secondary, vicarious, or personal trauma related to the sex trafficking environment are common occurrences. We are looking for team members to learn about trafficking in Southeast Asia. Over the course of 5 months, team members will spend one night per week in a live online classroom with other students from around North America. The course concludes with a practicum in South East Asia (Cambodia).  We may be asked to serve in other nations, so please be prepared to serve in other countries.

While on the practicum, you will be partnered with non-governmental organization (NGO) workers in a train the trainer style program. Together, you will go through modules imparting wisdom addressing personal trauma, identity, and self-care. The self-care portion will include the spirit, soul, and body according to 1 Thes. 5:23,24. These workers (your clients) will then be equipped to implement this same care to those they serve on a daily basis. We are teaching how to fish in order to feed for a lifetime.

As a part of healing their bodies from the residual effects of being immersed in a sex-trafficking environment, you will be spending time pampering these workers at a spa, praying for them and with them, and being a safe and supportive friend to hear their challenges. You will bind up the brokenhearted and refresh their hearts.

Also included in your service to Cambodia will be intercession and outreaches.

Cambodia has a population of approximately 15 million people yet has approximately 35 trained counselors for the entire country. As a nation that has been through a genocide killing 21% of its population, it has been plagued with rampant sex-trafficking. Care and training are very much needed in order to heal this country.

This is a Christ-based curriculum with renowned teachers from around the world such as Don Brewster (Agape International Missions), Andrea Aasen (Extreme Love Ministries), and Helen Taylor (Exodus Cry). Classes begin Monday, October 28, 2019 Standard Time, ending May 11, 2020. The hands-on practicum will begin shortly after arrival in Cambodia. Dates to be announced.  Cost is $6,000 (payment schedule option is available) Transportation, lodging, food, translation services and certificate of completion are provided at no additional cost. A personal self-defense course will be offered during the practicum. Registration deadline is October 26, 2020



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