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Greetings from the IMPACT™ Training Director!


Greetings from the IMPACT™ Training Team led by Training Director Dr. Marina Valdez.

We are excited to announce a training program exclusively for SW Washington licensed mental health professionals.  Professionals will learn how to provide psychological evaluation services to immigrants and refugees in SW Washington counties (Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania).  Through this project we aim to provide SW Washington-based immigrants and refugees access to high quality mental health evaluations. This project is funded by the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington.

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​​​​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.

  • IMPACT™ is offering scholarships to licensed mental health clinicians to participate in a specialized training program focused on learning to provide psychological evaluations for immigrants and refugees. IMPACT™ Immigration offers full ($2700 value) or partial scholarships to this program. This is a unique opportunity to build a new skill set as well as to directly provide these important evaluations to immigrant communities in SW Washington.

  • The training components include an up-to-date training webinar by the IMPACT™ team,  access to IMPACT™ written materials, forms and redacted reports as well as monthly  group consultation and/or individual consultation as needed. Stipends are available for completing evaluations during the training program.  You will also join our collaborative and expanding team for the duration of the training program (estimated 6-12 months) where cases are presented by experienced team members.

  • You will learn legal and mental health concepts in immigration evaluations, trauma-informed evaluation skills, culturally sensitive and effective telehealth assessment approaches, report writing skills, how to work with attorneys. Please click here to see an overview of our current training program.

  • If you have any questions please contact our administrative assistant Bianca Brambila.

Phone: 971.323.3258  E-mail:
Eligibility & Scholarship Application Information:
  • Licensed in WA and in good standing with your professional Board

  • Work based in Southwest WA (Clark, Cowlitz, and Skamania counties), and work with Southwest WA clients

  • Demonstrate understanding of trauma-informed and culturally-oriented principles when working with immigrant populations -OR- willingness to learn and develop these skills.

  • You do not need to be bi- or multi-lingual to do this work, but this is welcome. Many IMPACT™ team members use interpreters effectively and we teach trainees how to incorporate interpreters into the evaluation process.

  • Applications are currently being accepted until February 28, 2022. If your application is selected you will then be invited to a brief interview and asked to submit a reference to move to the next round of consideration.  The application process is competitive for a limited number of scholarships.

  • Applicants will be informed of acceptance by March 15, 2022.​

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