Video Introduction

Ending the Game Co-Author Rachel Thomas shares an overview of the trailblazing and powerful ETG curriculum and disscusses with survivors of trafficking how the curriculum helped them end “The Game”.

intervention Curriculum for Victims of commercial Sexual Exploitation

Reducing recidivism by breaking bonds of attachment to traffickers and “The Game” lifestyle

We Educate

We certify direct-care service providers to facilitate Ending The Game Curriculum with victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

We Empower

We train service providers, survivor-leaders and family members to understand psychological coercion in trafficking and ways to help victims overcome it.

Frequently asked questions about ETG

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How do facilitators use ETG?

ETG Online membership.  Facilitators use a personal login to download and print all lesson materials from the website and stream all curriculum videos from the ETG website during class.  Facilitators will have access to new educational materials and be able to communicate with other ETG facilitators across the nation.

What theoretical frameworks inform ETG?

ETG is a trauma-informed, psychoeducational curriculum that incorporates cognitive behavioral coping strategies.

The ETG lesson model includes 4 parts:

(1) LEARN about a strategy of psychological coercion;

(2) REFLECT on any personal impact of this coercion strategy,

(3) CONNECT with others who have experienced similar coercion;

(4) learn how to recover from this coercion strategy and reBUILD true self.

During part 1, ETG explains complex concepts of psychology and mental health in accessible ways that appeal to multiple learning styles.  Many of these concepts draw from widely accepted theories relating to trauma and dissociative disorders.

Comprehension is then enhanced and personalized as students are guided through reflection activities and encouraged to connect with others who’ve had similar experiences of coercion.  Part 4 incorporates CBT coping strategies including action oriented coping (i.e. intentional habit reversal), perspective shifting (i.e. journaling, evidence based critical thinking, distortion awareness, values construction), social coping (i.e. active listening skills, altruistic activity), psychological hygiene (i.e. self-care strategies).

How is ETG unique from other curricula for trafficking survivors?

1) ETG focuses on intervention, not prevention.  This means that each lesson anticipates and validates the experiences of trafficking survivors and provides a safe place for them to process these experiences together.

2) ETG can be led by non-survivors and survivors.  We created the ETG Video so that each class session has strong survivor voices to model openness, sisterhood and hope for recovery.  After a few weeks, students feel like their sisters in the video are old friends.

3) In contrast to therapeutic groups, ETG is designed to educate and engage students intellectually as well as emotionally.  One goal for each class is to teach students a new strategy of psychological coercion and how to overcome it.

4) ETG is a national online community that connects people working in the anti-trafficking movement across the nation.

5) The ETG curriculum is alive!  We are committed to uploading new resources and conducting ongoing research to build evidence-based practices in the field.

What those on the front lines of battling sex trafficking say about ETG

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I am convinced that ETG is an essential part of meaningful healing for this population because of the impact I observed in both (community-based and residential) settings.

Karen Kutzner

ETG Facilitator, Worthwhile Wear (Silverdale, PA)

The women are relating to the material and to my surprise are really being transparent and opening up.  Thank you for the training and for developing this program.  I already see a change starting in some of them.  It’s a precious gift to see.

Marguerite Hawes

ETG Facilitator, Gospel Center Rescue Mission (Stockton, CA)

I want to express my gratitude to all of you working with Ending The Game for such a powerful curriculum. I have so many snippets and moments in time that are prompted by the course materials, but as an example two girls in the group yesterday who have been fairly armored were able to cry for the first time about their experience and receive support and nurture from the group and the facilitators. It is an amazing, challenging and blessed work of healing that is underway and I thank you all for making this happen.

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ETG Facilitator

The curriculum is well thought out, blending the influences of psychological theory with down to earth real shared experiences, making it a very powerful and capable tool in reaching even the most at risk girls.

Tamara Fleck-Myers, LMFT

Executive Director, Casa De Amparo (San Marcos, CA)

Teaching our clients and watching them realize different concepts and grow is the highlight of my week.

Alexa Foster

ETG Facilitator, The Landing (Houston, TX)

If I was required to complete this program by the courts when I was arrested, I don’t think I would have been trafficked for so many years — it’s quite an eye-opener.

Tiffany Liles

ETG Facilitator, Sun-Rise Community Services (Las Vegas, NV)

The curriculum/our experience has been amazing! It has been by far the most effective and root-reaching curriculum we have used. I have been really impressed by the growth of the participants in a short period of time.

Rebecca Kotz

ETG Facilitator, Central MN Sexual Assault Center (St. Cloud, MN)

[ETG] is what really opened my eyes and broke chains for me! It put everything into perspective and just kept it real. Truly life changing.

Brittany Pearson

ETG Survivor Participant, Purchased (Shreveport, LA)

We have no idea the impact we make when we come as facilitators to listen, learn, and love each week. The course has changed my life.

Myra Miller

ETG Facilitator, Gems Uncovered (Long Beach, CA)

Ending The Game curriculum was utilized for our Free to Be Me (formerly known as the 180 Diversion Program). The curriculum was extremely well done and was well received by the participants. The detailed information provided by survivor input for the curriculum truly helped the participants understand how they got into the life. Particularly, understanding the psychological effects of coercion and red flags to be aware of in relationships. The homework was a great reinforcement of what they learned. The Facilitator Training provided with the curriculum was by far the best I’ve seen. I would highly recommend this to foster care homes, group homes, and shelters where HT victims are placed. This curriculum helps to begin the healing process.

Mary E. White

Program Director, Gems Uncovered (Long Beach, CA)

I’ve taken other trauma-healing type curriculum, and they are nothing compared to this. I especially loved the chapter on how our brains work to protect us. I’m so thrilled to be part of this…it’s emotional, yes, but so, so necessary. I had no idea.

Robbie Hamilton

ETG Survivor Participant, New Friends, New Life (Dallas, TX)

 

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Experience ETG Survivor Training for yourself. In this one-hour preview, Rachel Thomas discusses psycological coercion.