Greetings from the IMPACT Executive Director!
Become an expert in conducting psychological evaluations for immigrants and refugees! This is important and rewarding work for licensed mental health professionals. IMPACT is a non-profit organization with the following mission:
to offer immigrants and refugees psychological documentation of their trauma and hardship as part of their legal pursuit to live where they and their families feel safe and can thrive. Immigrants and refugees have access to high-quality psychological evaluations regardless of their ability to pay.
Immigration Psychological Access Team is a team of licensed mental health professionals who conduct high quality psychological evaluations for immigrants. Together we have conducted over 1000 evaluations. These evaluations are a critical component of an immigrant’s legal case to remain with their families and live without persecution. Being a part of this team is an opportunity to use your clinical skills and make an important contribution to the lives of immigrants.
If you want to join our Oregon-based team, training is available. We are a collaborative active team that can adapt to your training needs, whether you are just learning about immigration evaluations or have experience. Not only will you receive state-of-the-art training incorporating the most up-to-date ethical, sociopolitical, and legal/forensic considerations, but you will also join a group of clinicians who value culturally responsive and trauma-informed practices.
Our non-profit subsidizes the cost of the evaluations for low-income immigrants in the Pacific Northwest and supports some of the training costs for local clinicians. Once clinicians are trained and become part of the IMPACT team, the evaluations they conduct for low-income immigrants and refugees are funded by IMPACT.
The overall mission of IMPACT is to offer immigrants and refugees psychological documentation of their trauma and hardship as part of their legal pursuit to live where they and their families feel safe and can thrive. IMPACT offers immigrants and refugees access to high-quality psychological evaluations regardless of their ability to pay.
1. Workshop on Mental Health Evaluations for Immigration purposes or equivalent .
Workshop is also available to mental health professionals independent of the IMPACT training program. See current workshop signup under Training.
2. Consultation group participation
Participation in a minimum of 5 consultation group meetings.
3. Completion of 2-3 pro-bono evaluations for training
a) If new to conducting immigration evaluations these evaluations are conducted with supervision and reports are reviewed by a supervisor before submitting to the attorney.
b)Those who have experience in immigration evaluations can submit past reports to an appointed supervisor for review.
i. If it is determined that the evaluator needs more supervision, the supervisor and evaluator can determine how many supervised reports are required before eligibility for funding is granted.
ii) If the submitted reports meet the standard for high quality evaluations determined by the supervisor, then the evaluator is eligible for funding.
c) Supervision is provided by an appointed qualified supervisor from IMPACT.
d) Completion of above results in a Certificate of Completion in Immigration Evaluations.
e) Participants are encouraged to have on-going supervision to improve skills.
f) Advanced training in testifying in court and managing complex cases will be offered in the future through workshops and in the consultation groups.
Fees and CEs:
a) Training fees paid by participant include:
- Workshop fee. A portion of this fee is contributed to IMPACT. $700
- Training Investment fee for the remainder of the training program. $300
b) Supervision is paid by IMPACT during the training phase.
c) Documentation of 6 CE hours for licensed mental health professionals is provided. Participants must verify CE eligiblity with their licensing boards. Consultation group and supervision CE’s available as your discipline allows.
Once you complete the training you are eligible to be paid by IMPACT for future evaluations. Funding rates are determined by IMPACT. Requirements for funding eligibility may vary by state and funding/grant restrictions.