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The Emerging Role of Mental Health Professionals in the Immigration Field

Publication Date: Nov 19, 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 recording, hosted by the National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC, 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. Please watch below for the video or click here

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