Immigration Mental Health Evaluations
Psychological, Legal and Cultural Factors
Greetings from the IMPACT Training Director!
Thank you for visiting our website. My name is Marina Valdez. I am a bilingual licensed psychologist with specialty areas in Latinx psychology, culturally-oriented mental health, and trauma-informed approaches in psychological services. I have over 15 years of experience as a clinician, including providing training and supervision support to emerging clinicians. These skill sets and focus areas dovetailed perfectly to bring me to immigration evaluation work in my practice, and then to teaching established clinicians to add this specialty area to their own practices.
At IMPACT, our mission has always been to increase immigrant and refugee clients’ access to high-quality immigration evaluations. We have done so through funding the cost of this service for those who need the financial assistance, and through teaching more clinicians to provide this important service to their communities. Collectively, IMPACT team members have written close to 1000 evaluation reports over the years! We are proud of what we do, and we would love to have you join the training program. We believe you will not only 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.
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.
The IMPACT Immigration Evaluation Training Program provides intensive interactive
training for licensed mental health professionals in the specialty of psychological
evaluations for immigrants and refugees. Participants of the comprehensive program
receive a certificate of completion, professional connection and consultation with
a network of experienced mental health professionals engaged in this work. You will
be listed in the IMPACT directory of immigration evaluation providers as a certified
You can sign up for the overall comprehensive program listed below or individual
components of the program when you register here.
Training Mission and Learning Objectives:
Our mission is to train licensed mental health professionals to provide high-quality
psychological evaluations for immigrants and refugees. These evaluations document
immigrant trauma and hardship which then becomes the cornerstone of their legal
application to remain in the U.S.
Participants will build a new practice specialty in immigration psychology.
Participants will learn the following:
1. Legal and mental health concepts in immigration evaluations.
2. Specific evaluation skills for each immigration evaluation type:
Political Asylum, Extreme Hardship, U Visa (victim of a crime), T Visa (human trafficking),
VAWA (Violence against Women ACT), N648 (disability exception to the citizenship exam.)
3. Trauma-informed evaluation skills.
4. Culturally sensitive and effective telehealth assessment approaches.
5. Report writing skills for immigration court.
6. How to prepare for and testify in immigration court
7. How to develop relationships with attorneys and develop this practice specialty.
$2,750, which includes all six components: Webinar, Written Materials, Consultation
Group (monthly for one year), Individual Consultation (up to 3 hours) and IMPACT
workspace group membership (for one year).
Discount: $50 off per person for groups of 3 or more.
Your payment supports IMPACT, a 501c3 non-profit organization.
Individual Components of the program and payment plans available
Payment for two individual components includes IMPACT Workspace group
membership. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Lynn Moore, Ph.D. IMPACT Executive Director and Founder
Marina Valdez, Ph.D. IMPACT Director of Training
Jessica Beeghly, Ph.D. IMPACT Senior Team Member
Lane Weeks DeWan, Psy. D. IMPACT Senior Team Member