As the executive director of Mission 21, an anti-trafficking service provider in MN for youth survivors of sex trafficking, I am incredibly grateful for the expert training we have received from Bonnie Martin in the past couple of years. Learning about the adolescent brain and how trauma effects it’s development coupled with Bonnie’s expertise on serving sex trafficked youth has been a game changer for us. Our team has reported feeling more confident and better equipped to walk alongside the youth at our program who are all in different stages of recovery. The practical tools that Bonnie shares with the workshop participants are age appropriate, victim centered and trauma informed, all things that are important in our field of work. Since partnering with Bonnie, we have been working smarter and with the brain as oppose to against it. This in turn has reduced staff burnout and most importantly has reduced unintentional harm towards the youth survivors and their families. We all at Mission 21 strongly recommend Bonnie’s consultation and training options to any organization working with youth who have experienced trauma in their lives.
I spent over 10 years trying to find peace and freedom from my intensely traumatic past. I tried many counselors, programs and groups to only find myself more frustrated and hopeless. It wasn’t until I started therapy with Bonnie Martin that I started to realize that what I had so long been led to believe was failure (I wasn’t moral enough, wasn’t trying hard enough, etc.), was actually a brain response to my trauma. As soon as Bonnie taught me what was happening in my brain and how to counteract it with consciousness, I began to see dramatic change in my life. There will be crowns in heaven for this woman to lay at the feet of Jesus!
-KD Roche, Client & Survivor of Human Trafficking
As foster parents, my wife and I attend lots of different trainings, and we both agree the one day we spent attending Bonnie’s training was worth more than the previous year’s worth of trainings. The information she brings is current, insightful, and has made a big impact in how we, as foster parents, provide care for the children in our home.