Webinar 10/4: The Emerging Role of Mental Health Professionals in the Immigration Field

Publication Date: Sep 29, 2021


Join the National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC in this webinar, The Emerging Role of Mental Health Professionals in the Immigration Field from 1:00pm -  2:30pm EST / 12:00pm -1:30pm CST / 10:00AM -11:30AM PST on October 14, 2021.

Immigration has a significant impact on many aspects of life in the United States. According to the Pew Research Center, there were 44.8 million foreign-born people living in the United States in 2018 -- a record 13.7% of the population and a portion that has more than quadrupled since the 1960s. With such high numbers, it is not uncommon for a mental health professional to receive a request to assist an individual involved in some type of immigration proceeding.

This presentation will give a general overview of the different types of immigration cases where mental health professionals might be helpful and the different ways clinicians can assist this often disempowered diverse population.

Learning Objectives:

1. List five different immigration statuses

2. Describe six different types of humanitarian relief for undocumented immigrants

3. Explain how a mental health professional can be helpful in immigration proceedings

4. Identify the psycho-legal question underlying each type of case

Level of Training: Basic

Who should attend? 

This webinar is designed for mental health providers including psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and graduate-level students in the mental health field who are interested in learning about the vulnerabilities and uniqueness of this period.

How to register: 

To register for the event, please click here

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About the speaker:

Marcela Shibley, PsyD- Dr. Mariela G. Shibley is a clinical and forensic psychologist with a private practice in San Diego, California. She specializes in issues around acculturation, immigration, and trauma and is a leading expert in conducting psychological evaluations for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Immigration Court. She has conducted and supervised over 2,000 such evaluations and provides court testimony, training, and education on immigration and mental health. She is a regular guest speaker at conferences of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the founder of PsychEvalCoach, an online training program that trains mental health professionals to conduct immigration evaluations. She has recently written a book on the subject that is scheduled to be published in early 2022.