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Immigration Mental Health Evaluations

Psychological, Legal and Cultural Factors

Workshop Description:

High quality mental health evaluations are a core component of an immigrant’s application for legal status. This 2 half-day workshop provides training for licensed mental health professionals in Immigration Psychological Evaluations. The workshop focuses on the skills required to conduct high quality mental health evaluations for immigrants and refugees.

The workshop will address:

  • Introduction to immigration evaluation work

  • Conceptual foundations (psycholegal, social justice and cross-cultural considerations)

  • Immigration reform update

  • The evaluation process

  • Specific immigration legal applications

    • Political Asylum, Extreme Hardship, Violence Against Women, Human Trafficking,

             Victim of a Crime, N648 and others

  • Evaluation methodology

  • Cross cultural assessment and trauma-informed interviewing

  • Telehealth evaluation and assessment

  • Working with interpreters, attorneys, referral sources

  • Report writing skills

  • Advanced topics overview: testifying in court, building a practice specialty

Workshop offered by IMPACT™ Immigration Psychology Access Team

IMPACT™ Immigration is a 501c3 non-profit. Our mission is to provide high quality psychological evaluations for low income immigrants.


Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will identify legal and mental health concepts in immigration evaluations.

2. Participants will identify five immigration evaluation types and describe one assessment used to assess psychological functioning for each type of evaluation.

3. Participants will be able to explain the difference between advocacy and presenting clinical data and demonstrate how this informs report writing and court testimony for immigration purposes. 

4. Participants will explain trauma-informed assessment and interviewing skills.

5. Participants will identify two areas for further skill development related to conducting mental health evaluations for immigration purposes.

CE information:  

 6 CE credit hours 

Participants must verify CE eligibility with their state licensing boards. 

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