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Continuing Dental Education

Trafficking in America:

A Learning Forum for Dental Professionals - a live webinar

Linda Blackiston, BS, RDH

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This course is offered in partnership with the Washington State Dental Hygienists' Association. Please register through their website (details in course description)

This course is offered in partnership with the Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association.


Course Description

Every year thousands of people are being sexually exploited in the United States. Dental professionals often encounter these victims and proper training increases the likelihood they can identify and respond correctly to the situation. This course will deepen your knowledge on risk factors, vulnerabilities and health concerns that affect trafficking victims. The identification of a victim often means recognizing subtle and overt signs of trafficking. We will discuss those signs, injuries and behaviors that may indicate a person is being trafficked. The tactics of the traffickers that prey on these individuals will also be examined. Understanding the mindset of the victim and trafficker better equips dental professionals to develop appropriate response protocols for the safest outcome.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define human trafficking
  • Describe what makes someone vulnerable to being trafficked
  • Recognize some of the key health concerns of trafficking victims
  • Identify barriers to victims receiving proper healthcare
  • Explain how to report a suspicion of human trafficking


Linda Blackiston, BS, RDHPassionate about changing lives through education, Linda Blackiston specializes in raising awareness about various forms of abuse and neglect. For nearly a decade, Linda served on the Board of Directors and as a volunteer for The Samaritan Women. Because of her direct involvement with survivors, Linda was invited to contribute to curriculum development on human trafficking for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service. She is currently on staff at The Samaritan Women serving as the Director of Community Engagement providing education and resources for the church, community and allied health professionals on human trafficking, vulnerable children, and trauma victims.

In her previous professional capacity, for 17 years she served as Mid-Atlantic Manager of Professional Education for Philips North America, developing curriculum, and delivering training for dental professionals. Linda has presented professional development and public awareness talks on topics from pediatric oral health to emerging biofilm science. She volunteers with Mid-Atlantic PANDA (Prevent and Abuse Neglect Through Dental Awareness) updating curriculum and providing courses on recognizing and reporting cases of abuse and neglect.

She was awarded The University of Maryland 2017 Linda DeVore Dental Hygiene Alumnus Award. Linda has worked with The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists on the development of an educational video and she has media experience working in television with QVC. Linda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

Course Logistics

Friday, September 24, 2021

Online Webinar

The Dental Professional

9:00am – 1:00pm Pacific Standard time

$89/non ADHA member hygienists or staff
$49/ADHA Members
$10/ADHA & WSDHA Student Members

4 hours


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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 4 continuing education credits.