Why You'll Love This Course

Many mental health professionals are interested in providing assistance to those seeking legal status in the US, and aren't sure how to do it. This course introduces you to various ways by which immigrants can obtain legal status, and the role of mental health professionals in those processes.

Course Description

Immigration evaluations are clinical assessments that licensed mental health professionals provide as a professional service for persons who are navigating immigration proceedings. Clients who seek support from clinicians for immigration purposes may require an evaluation for a specific immigration case in which the client is seeking to adjust their legal status. Common immigration cases that clinicians take on include the U-Visa, VAWA, Extreme Hardship, and Asylum. The role of the counselor is to provide a professional evaluation based on the connection between the client and the immigration case. 

The course is aimed to help licensed mental health professionals learn about contributing their knowledge and expertise in these cases by writing immigration evaluations. 

1.5 Hours CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe at least 3 key components of immigration evaluations written by mental health professionals

  • Identify the assessment needs associated with at least three different kinds of immigration cases

  • Describe at least three key ethical considerations related to the mental health professional’s role in immigration proceedings

  • Identify at least three multicultural considerations that commonly apply in immigration cases

Course Outline

1. Defining the service of conducting immigration evaluations

a. Understanding the client

b. Understanding the purpose of the evaluation

2. Types of immigration cases

a. U Visa

b. Extreme Hardship

c. VAWA

d. Asylum

3. Writing the immigration evaluation

a. Conducting an evaluation versus psychotherapy

b. Components of the evaluation

c. Utilizing appropriate inventories

d. Multicultural concerns

4. Assessing areas of specific functioning

a. Scope of competence

b. Ethically marketing immigration assessments

c. Confidentiality and informed consent

d. Working with the client

e. Working with the attorney

References


Instructor

Juan Santos, MS, CRC, LPC

Juan Santos is a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. For years he has supported hundreds of individuals by writing immigration evaluations in cases ranging from Waivers to U-Visas. He utilizes his experience in working with immigration attorneys and writing hardship evaluations to help other clinicians learn how to conduct immigration evaluations. Juan is currently a doctorate student at the University of the Cumberland’s where he is a pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Recorded video format (non-interactive). Total running time 97 minutes.  

Topic Area:

Clinical

Instructional Level:

Intermediate. 

Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz. Learners are expected to complete the quiz within a reasonable number of attempts, and may be blocked from completing the course and receiving their certificate if unable to do so.

Completion Quiz and Course Evaluation:

After watching course videos, the course completion quiz will be available to complete, followed by the course evaluation.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: July 9, 2021 

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

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Contact Information:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1.5 hours of continuing education (1.5 CE credits) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice, #1749, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Simple Practice maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 07/06/2020 – 07/06/2021. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education credits in the Clinical topic area.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0030.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0091.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0206.


This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.