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Have you ever seen pictures like this one of the Syrian 5 year old boy, and knew that you really wanted to do something, but didn’t see how you could? Perhaps, you thought that it’s too far away, or that you couldn’t do anything except donate money. There are people, including children, that have been exposed to hellish environments of man made terror and abuse that are in most major U.S. cities right now; hoping to find safety in America. You can help men, women and children find a refuge here in the U.S. and explore a new dimension of practice and clinical development. Read more below about the webinar training to get you started doing psychological assessments with immigrant teens and adults facing deportation. The registration link is near bottom of page.
A psychological evaluation often is the difference between getting asylum or being deported.
If you are a psychotherapist, and are concerned that the American federal executive branch of government is attempting to turn away refugees from war torn Muslim countries, and demonizing immigrants from our southern borders. Doing psychological evaluations, that assist in avoiding being deported back to those counties, is one humanistic response of helping those who’ve been oppressed. Particularly with the new federal administration’s negative attitude toward immigrants; this project represents can by your activist resistance to xenophobia. Imagine your contribution of perhaps 15 hours in a year, results in achieving safety, well-being, and even preserving of life; for a 17 year old fleeing abuse and violence. Or, a battered and abused immigrant wife. Or a woman, whose family has declared an ‘honor killing’, in which any male family member is supposed to kill her, because she had relations with someone outside her religion. Or the homosexual man who is discriminated and abused in his original country. In most cases of these injustices the authorities and native governments will not, or cannot, protect these individuals.
Clinicians may do just one of this type of case pro bono or low fee. Or, may find human rights work and forensic mental health work an additional practice area. A list of immigration lawyers, firms, and agencies is being compiled. If you are a lawyer, or public service legal aid organization, wanting to be on a list, accessible to these newly trained expert witnesses willing to to low fee and pro bono cases, please go HERE.
As a mental health clinician, your evaluation and testimony can help these types of people seeking asylum in the U.S. Many have endured a treacherous migration and they are wanting to avoid deportation back to dangerous and hostile countries. Therapists often volunteer their clinical skills to help natural disasters and trauma. In Immigration court, therapists can use their education, skills, and training to evaluate refugees and asylum seekers for illness; and the report that results can significantly influence the outcome of the hearing. So, this is not clinical treatment, it is evaluation, assessment, report writing, and perhaps testifying.
Mental health clinicians are needed in some asylum cases to enhance credibility.
Let’s develop a pool of therapists willing to do pro bono and low fee psychological evaluations. The potential clients are unaccompanied child immigrants, immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking other crime victims, and survivors of torture, hardship, and abuse. You work with these clients by being referred by their immigration attorney. Part of the course is describing ways to connect with these lawyers. If you are a lawyer please add your name to the list we keep for use by clinicians completing the course.
March 24th 2017 I plan to offer three 90-minute webinars; that provide clinician attendees with enough information and learning experiences to begin conducting evaluations. There will be follow-up consultation with me, and possibly other mentors, available to support you from interviewing, report writing all the way through testifying. Interns may take the course, but cannot write reports or testify until after they are licensed.
My name is Marc Sadoff, LCSW. I’ve done 110 psychological evaluations for clients with hearings in immigration court. I was accepted as expert in traumatic stress 60 of the 60 times that I’ve testified. Since leaving the Program for Torture Victims in 2002, I continue to
work in private practice with these, and other populations. Some big law firms represent immigrants pro bono, who cannot afford an attorney. These firms, and some immigrant clients, can sometimes pay the usual professional fees. It took five years of experience to develop a good reputation with attorneys. Having begun working with the Program For Torture Victims without much thought of financial compensation, I can say I’ve experienced the adage, “No good deed goes unrewarded.” The emotional and spiritual rewards are substantial, knowing that I was a part of helping people that really needed assistance in escaping tyranny, violence, or death.
This series of three webinars can prepare you to approach immigration lawyers with your willingness to do pro bono psychological evaluations and expert witness testimony, if needed. I’m motivated by the unaccompanied minor children at the border seeking asylum from countries with horrid conditions in Central America, but there are other types of cases needing the evaluation report that only mental health clinicians can perform. For instance, any clinicians with experience with domestic violence victims or perpetrators, are already qualified as expert witness who can help immigrant victims of abuse. Human sex trafficking and family separation extreme hardship applications are other types of cases which benefit by competent psychological evaluations.
Lawyers wanting to have their name on a list for newly trained clinicians, willing to do pro bono evaluations, to access please go here- RealHope.com/lawyers
Please join us in this humanistic effort to assist justice and promote mental health for individuals, families, and communities.
Session One- Conducting The Interviews 3/24/17
Session Two- Writing The Report 4/7/17
Attendees are provided a sample template of an evaluation and a set of sample notes from a set of interviews. As homework, the participants will move the data from the notes to the evaluation template and write in the discussion section on malingering. This should take approximately two and a half hours. Mr. Sadoff will check to see that the work was done. There won’t be any grading or comments.
Session Three- Testifying 4/21/17
I will make myself available online to mentor and support newly trained clinicians through their first few evaluations. One aspect of doing this work is testifying in court to support your assessment report. It’s very helpful to have an experienced evaluator, who has testified numerous times, help you through the process. At this time I can be available online to do this. #AsylumPsychologicalEvaluationTraining
Seven (7) Units of CEU’s for California MFT’s & LCSW’s are available through the California Association Of Marriage & Family Therapists, the Co-Sponsor of this webinar series- for an additional $35 = total $80.
Please scroll below for system requirements and refund/grievance policy.
The webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live webinars.
However, CEU’s cannot be issued if you don’t participate in the live webinar.
System Requirements for Attendees
|Operating system||Windows 7 – Windows 10
Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) – 10.11 (El Capitan)
|Web Browser||Google Chrome v34 or later
Mozilla Firefox v34 or later
Internet Explorer v8 or later
Microsoft Edge v12 or later
Apple Safari v6 or later
|Internet connection||1 Mbps or better (broadband recommended)|
|Software||GoToMeeting desktop app
|Hardware||2GB or more of RAM
Microphone and speakers (USB headset recommended**)
Webcam (to use HDFaces)
Refunds And Cancelation Policy
Refund requests must be made in writing via email. Please validate that your request got to Mr. Sadoff by receiving a confirmation response from him. If you didn’t receive an email confirmation of receipt of your request for a refund, or cancelation, then please call his office at 310-444-1951. A full refund may be obtained if the cancelation is made at least 48 hours in advance of the webinar date. A cancelation can only be made for the full series of the three-webinar classes. No partial refunds. Refunds will be issued within 7 business days.
Americans with Disabilities Requests
Any requests for accommodations for a disability may be made directly to Mr. Sadoff by emailing Marc@RealHope.com
Mr. Sadoff will make every effort to assure fair treatment for all participants and will attempt to anticipate problems. Yet, there may be issues that arise for participants. If you have a complaint or grievance please put it writing and contact Marc Sadoff, LCSW via email at Marc@RealHope.com or at his office at 310-444-1951
A participant may submit a written grievance about his or her experience with this series of three 90-minute webinars. If you have a concern or complaint about the course content, the refund policy or implementation, the CEU process or non-receipt of certificates, or the usability of the GoToTraining.com interface platform; Mr. Sadoff will respond within 3-5 business days to any problems which may arise as a result of this course offering. Mr. Sadoff will respond to all concerns and complaints in a timely and ethical manner.