Dr. HaeSung Han is a Licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and a Board Certified, Nationally Registered Art Therapist. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of POETIC, an in-community intensive aftercare program for girls ages 12-18 with a history of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking in Dallas, Texas. POETIC addresses the systems not just the symptoms of exploitation and trafficking and puts a school, trauma therapy center, creative arts therapy and paid internships all under one roof.
Dr. Han received her master’s and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from George Washington University and also received a master’s degree in art therapy from New York University. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Audrey Hepburn Children’s House, Hackensack University Medical Center in the field of child maltreatment. She completed two post-graduate certificate programs: one in international trauma studies from Columbia University and the other in civil and criminal forensic psychology from Montclair State University.
Dr. Han has extensive experience working with individuals exposed to complex trauma including domestic violence, child maltreatment, and commercial sexual exploitation/sex trafficking. She has worked in forensic, hospital, outpatient and school-settings in NY, NJ, VA, DC, MA, and TX.
She is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She has also received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and DBT-PE (Prolonged Exposure for the treatment of PTSD) and offers both comprehensive DBT and DBT-PE to youth and adult clients.
Dr. Han trains nationally on various topics related to the assessment, intervention and prevention of commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC) and domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST). She also provides consultation to anti-trafficking agencies on developing and implementing trauma-informed systems of care, programming and culture.
In addition to her work at POETIC, Dr. Han sees clients in private practice in Plano, Texas. Prior to co-founding POETIC, Dr. Han was the clinical director at Dallas County Juvenile Department, Letot Girls Residential Center.