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One Scar, Too Many: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Undocumented Immigrants in the Face of Trauma
Friday, June 05, 2020, 9:30 AM - 3:15 PM EDT
Category: NJPA Programs

The Inter-Mental Health and Psychological Associations Coalition (IMPAC) (NJABPsi, LMHANJ, and NJPA) Presents:

One Scar, Too Many: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Undocumented Immigrants in the Face of Trauma
LIVE-WEBINAR  - Qualifies for 4 live CE Credits 
Presented by Luz Maria Garcini, PhD, MPH 

Friday, June 5, 2020
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM 
4.0 CE Credits 

Presentation Schedule:
• 10:00AM Zoom Attendance and Program Overview/CE Requirements 
• 10:00AM – 12:00PM Trauma and distress among undocumented immigrants: Background and significance; Trauma assessment: Cultural and contextual considerations; Trauma treatment: Ethical reflections and clinical skills; Provider self-care: Taking care of yourself so that you can help others.
• 12:00PM – 1:00PM Lunch Break – on your own
• 1:00PM - 2:00PM Re-visit case study; Individual work; Making relevant connections from AM presentation 
• 2:00PM – 3:00PM Small and large group discussions – ZOOM BREAKOUT GROUPS 
• 3:00PM – 3:30PM Q&As; Conclusion  

Program Fee: 

• Licensed Professionals seeking CE credits*: $40.00
• Post-Doctoral, ECPs, and professionals not seeking CE credits: $20.00
• Students: $10.00 

* Non psychologists seeking to use these credits for another profession would need to check with their licensing board to determine if the credits will apply to them. 


The New Jersey Chapter Association of Black Psychologists (NJABPsi), the Latino Mental Health Association of New Jersey (LMHANJ), and the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) present a 4.0 CE workshop on addressing the mental health needs of undocumented immigrants, with a particular focus on the needs of Latinx immigrants.

As the Inter-Mental Health and Psychological Associations Coalition (IMPAC), NJABPsi, LMHANJ, NJPA join together as equal partners to contribute their unique educational acumen, expertise, experience, and perspectives to obtain synergy as a resource to promote equality in mental health care and to zealously advocate for the mental health needs for the diverse population of the state of New Jersey. This will be accomplished by our respective organizations working together to develop initiatives to educate the public, as well as healthcare providers through training, professional presentations and mobilizing resources as needed to provide counseling and psychological services under emergent circumstances. This is the second of many multicultural events, with the hope that our organizational collaboration will grow to include additional diverse organizations in the future.

Presenter: Luz Maria Garcini, PhD, MPH
Dr. Garcini is an assistant professor at the Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, and a Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Dr. Garcini’s research focuses on identifying, understanding, and addressing the health needs of at-risk Latinx immigrants. Her line of research known as Projecto Voces (Project Voices) is a combination of community efforts and research studies which for the past 8 years have generated scientific evidence to document and address the complex health needs of undocumented Latinx families and deportees. 

Program Objectives:

1. Describe contextual stressors and trauma commonly faced by undocumented immigrants. 
2. Explain the challenges involved in the assessment and diagnosis of trauma-related disorders among undocumented immigrants. 
3. Identify protective factors that facilitate coping with trauma among undocumented immigrants
4. Demonstrate effective use of culturally-competent strategies to help undocumented immigrants develop safety plans. 
5. Discuss ethical considerations important to address when working with undocumented immigrants. 
6. Identify culturally competent skills that are important to use when working with undocumented immigrants.
7. Identify helpful self-care strategies for providers of undocumented immigrants.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Nurses, Physicians, Educators, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students

Program sophistication: Introductory: some basic knowledge of the specific content is required

The presenters do not have any commercial support and/ or conflict for interest for this program.
NJPA does not endorse the presented material as the only approach to a given area of study or therapeutic approach.
NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA co-sponsored programs. No materials (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared. Certain portions of this program may be recorded. Please read and check the disclosure statement box below.
ADA accommodations available upon request. Requests must be made at least 14 days prior to the event. Please contact [email protected] for more details.

This workshop is sponsored by NJPA. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.