ETG Core Lesson Descriptions
These lessons are designed to address the 9 most common forms of psychological coercion experienced by victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Each ETG lesson has 4 parts:
LEARN about psychological coercion
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Lesson 1 (introduction)
Topic: False Promises
Students learn how unmet needs can cause vulnerability and how exploiters can cause victims to believe they provide solutions to these unmet needs. After reflecting upon their unmet needs and previous beliefs about what The Game would provide, students learn a practical method to assess whether or not The Game has met their needs.
Students learn how and why exploiters cause physical, mental, and emotional isolation. After reflecting upon ways they have felt isolated, students are encouraged to do one or more suggested activities to foster reconnection.
Students learn basic psychology principles regarding human response processes. After practical examples and role play, students learn how exploiters can manipulate these natural response processes. Upon considering how their responses to sexual exploitation have changed over time, students then learn and practice a tool to identify changes in their responses to sexual exploitation.
Topic: Self-Defeating Thoughts
Students learn how thoughts can impact behavior and learn to differentiate degrading from healthy thoughts. Students also identify and examine personal thoughts that contribute to sexual exploitation. Lastly, students learn strategies to avoid degrading thoughts and enjoy the benefits of healthy thoughts.
Topic: Emotional Intensity
Students learn how exploiters cause emotional high and lows as a method of coercion. After reflecting upon their emotional health in The Game, students learn strategies to embrace healthier emotional balance.
Topic: Self-Defeating Behavior
Students learn to identify coercive behavior modification techniques. After reflecting upon the impact of coercion in their behavior “choices”, students learn how to create and choose healthier behavior options.
Topic: Identity Disturbance
Students learn basic mental health principles concerning identity and identity disturbance. After reflecting upon how their individual identity has been disturbed, students learn and practice strategies to spark recognition and appreciate of their true identity.
Students learn the difference between a fear and a phobia and then reflect upon personal phobias that may contribute to their participation in commercial sexual exploitation. After reflecting on the impact of phobias, students will learn strategies to overcome phobias.
Students learn the negative impact of shame on personal growth and learn strategies to overcome shame, including self-care, self-compassion and embracing survivorhood.