Ladies of the Night

Trip Start May 16, 2013
Trip End May 31, 2013

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Sunday, May 26, 2013

Today, we had the opportunity to listen to two social workers talk about their experience with counseling prostitutes in Italy! One was from Nigeria and the other from Romania. It's a Touchy subject, I know. It was a very sad story to hear about how young woman are often taken from their homes, sometimes even sold by their fathers in order to make a profit. Once they are here in Italy, they are stripped of their identities and passport and required to pay their exploiter an outrageous amount of money such as 20,000 euros. They explained that there has been an influx of Romanian prostitutes after the fall of communism. We hear about human trafficking in the United States but for some reason, once you hear and/or experience this phenomenon, you start to look at the world through a different lens. The saddest part is that help is very limited for these victims.  

The second seminar we had was given by Dr. Becky Michele. She had a interesting presentation about positive psychology. Positive psychology focuses on personal strengths rather than focusing on our weaknesses. Often times, I can receive a compliment and I catch myself wondering whether that individual is being "authentic" or just being "politically correct" The focus of the seminar was to be able to accept and give compliments about the strengths of others and be more comfortable with accepting the compliment. Dr. Michele had us write down three strengths and weaknesses. Not surprising, It was more difficult for me to come up with my personal strengths than it was to come up with my weaknesses. Leaving this seminar, I realized that positive psychology can be useful in both my personal and professional life. It can be helpful to focus on the strengths of your client in order to strengthen the weaknesses instead of always focusing on what is wrong with the individual. 
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