The National Hispanic & Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center in partnership with Mary’s Center and the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work the will be hosting a free web panel for non-clinicians, case managers, clinical supervisors, health providers, program directors, administrators, and personnel who provide post-release services to unaccompanied minors.
Casework practices in connecting UAC to culturally relevant community resources including formal and informal mental health supports and school. The presentation will cover barriers and facilitators to community participation and making referrals that lead to positive engagement for UC and their families. We will address the benefits of community collaborations and building networks as well as strategies to reduce barriers including stigma and cultural preconceptions, with the goal of increasing service utilization. As education is one of the primary needs and also one of the main locations of connection to US-born people, we will specifically address school enrollment, orientation to US school systems, and ongoing well-being in the classroom.
1. Participants will understand barriers to community participation, school enrollment, and school well-being.
2. Participants will discuss strategies for improving barriers to community participation for immigrant children.
3. Participants will learn best practices in creating welcoming schools for immigrant children.
Kerri Evans, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Evans earned her PhD from Boston College School of Social Work and her MSW from the University of Maryland Baltimore. Dr. Evans’ research stems from her eight years of social work experience at the intersection of immigration and child welfare. Using community partnerships, Dr. Evans works to answer the questions of service providers with the goal of improving service delivery and making policy recommendations. Topically, her research focuses on the well-being of unaccompanied and refugee children, and school welcome for immigrant students.