Summer Short Courses

  1. Identification, intervention, and coordination of care for the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC): May 11th – May 29th | 3 Units

  2. Interdisciplinary theory and methods for prevention of exploitation and family strengthening: June 1st – June 19th | 3 Units

  3. Rehabilitation, reintegration, and psychotherapeutic interventions for victims of human trafficking: June 22nd – July 10th | 3 Units

  4. Implementation of orphan care systems and programs in low- and middle-income countries: July 13th – July 31st | 3 Units

Fall Semester Courses

  1. Identification, intervention, and coordination of care for the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC): 4 Units

  2. Interdisciplinary theory and methods for prevention of exploitation and family strengthening: 4 Units

  3. Rehabilitation, reintegration, and psychotherapeutic interventions for victims of human trafficking: 4 Units

  4. Implementation of orphan care systems and programs in low- and middle-income countries: 4 Units

Summer Short Courses

  1. Identification, intervention, and coordination of care for the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC): May 11th – May 29th | 3 Units

  2. Interdisciplinary theory and methods for prevention of exploitation and family strengthening: June 1st – June 19th | 3 Units

  3. Rehabilitation, reintegration, and psychotherapeutic interventions for victims of human trafficking: June 22nd – July 10th | 3 Units

  4. Implementation of orphan care systems and programs in low- and middle-income countries: July 13th – July 31st | 3 Units

Fall Semester Courses

  1. Identification, intervention, and coordination of care for the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC): 4 Units

  2. Interdisciplinary theory and methods for prevention of exploitation and family strengthening: 4 Units

  3. Rehabilitation, reintegration, and psychotherapeutic interventions for victims of human trafficking: 4 Units

  4. Implementation of orphan care systems and programs in low- and middle-income countries: 4 Units

RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

We equip future leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools to implement effective and sustainable solutions to community strengthening, modern slavery, and child protection.

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Complete a Research Fellowship

3 MONTHS +

Apply for a research fellowship and work with our team at SJRC! A research fellowship enables you to participate in innovative research projects on community-based development, human trafficking, and orphan care. 

Currently, all research fellowships are remote. They are overseen by SJRC's director, participate in regular research meetings, and collaborate on new studies and research projects. Fellowships may start at any point in the academic year. 

Fellows may choose to focus on their own research or collaborate with SJRC team members on existing research. Here are some of the research projects in which fellows have been involved in the past: 

  • Measuring risk and risk factors for commercial sexual exploitation

  • Implementation of orphan care systems in low- and middle-income countries

  • Understanding the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions for survivors of trafficking

  • Global missions and community development

Fellows participate in (online) weekly meetings and seminars, and present their own findings during the course of their fellowship. They work on academic studies, training materials, webinars, and blog posts. 

Please contact us at info@stjamesresearchcentre.org if you have any questions.

AREAS OF RESEARCH

Intervention Effectiveness

Interventions of interest include those related to modern slavery policies and programs that seek to prevent modern slavery, reduce the incidence or prevalence of modern slavery, or provide rehabilitative or reintegrative services to victims of modern slavery (including social, legal, medical, psychotherapeutic, social protection, and economic services). Modern slavery may include human trafficking for the purpose of labor and/or sexual exploitation; forced, bonded, and child labor; child marriage; and debt bondage.

Effectiveness of Preventative Programs

We are examining whether and how preventative interventions for modern slavery are effective. These include awareness- and knowledge-building interventions and programs that target and aim to mitigate or reduce risk factors (such as community-based associations and economic interventions).

Technical Assistance for Modern Slavery Practitioners

We aim provide evidence-based technical assistance to practitioners who work in child protection, prevention of modern slavery, rehabilitation of victims, and the provision of alternative long-term care for children. This includes developing and implementing innovative solutions to the everyday needs of practitioners in the implementation of their work. Resources include screening tools, shelter intake procedures, trainings, curricula, program statements, behavioural health tools, and tools for monitoring and evaluation. Researchers will contribute towards a groundbreaking project that will not only synthesise existing evidence, but also fill a gap in the resources that practitioners in this field need on a day-to-day basis.

Institutional Care of Orphaned Children

Today, studies continue to affirm that orphanage care is an unsatisfactory option for young children who cannot remain with their own families. Child welfare researchers and professionals have observed that residential treatment or group care of foster children is best used sparingly for children with serious problems, preferably for time-limited periods. Studies note that group care placement criteria remain ill-defined and inconsistently applied. The questions, “How long?” and “What type of treatment for whom?” have yet to be answered. Future group care research should use standardised measures, large comparison groups, and statistical analysis. Treatment variables and their effect on residents with different conditions and needs should be isolated and followed over time.

RESEARCH UPDATES