Lost in a New Land: Conducting Psychological Evaluations for At-Risk Immigrants

Each year, thousands of individuals fleeing persecution in their homelands come to the United States requesting asylum. Many are immigrants fleeing torture, domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual violence. In Immigration proceedings, the lawyers for undocumented immigrants can often argue their case better if support by a robust psychological evaluation. The psychological evaluation can clarify the immigrant's credibility and substantiate their experiences through documenting the effects of abuse, discrimination, torture, or the extreme hardship of being separated from their family. Those who would benefit from these psychological evaluations would include: unaccompanied child refugees, immigrant victims of domestic violence, survivors of human sex trafficking; victims of torture, women fearful of the honor killing declaration made by male family members, or Americans citizens suffering extreme hardship if their family is separated and family members are deported. At the conclusion of this workshop participants will gain an understanding of the prevalence, socio-political context and bio psychosocial impact of torture and other traumatic experiences that cause individuals and families to flee their countries. Participants will also gain understanding of appropriate assessment strategies, conducting a psychological evaluation, the immigration process within U.S. procedural law, and services needed by trauma survivors as they struggle to rebuild their lives and become contributing members of the community.

This workshop does not have any offerings for this semester.