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Understanding the Immigration Process and Supporting Immigrant Families through Traumatic Experiences (Virtual Continuing Education Workshop in Collaboration with the Rutgers School of Social Work)

Join Spence-Chapin for a professional development workshop featuring training by Natalie Contreras, MA, LPC, Rutgers School of Social Work.

Immigrants experience trauma on their journey arriving and settling in the United States. They experience stress related to acculturation, discrimination, employment, legal status and potential deportation, language acquisition, and separation from family and community of origin. Immigrants also experience loss of family, friends, professional status, language, culture, and sense of belonging. This workshop hosted by Spence-Chapin in collaboration with the Rutgers School of Social Work is designed for perinatal health professionals and social workers to deepen their understanding of the immigration process, traumatic experiences associated with immigration, and common issues such as family separation and reattachment. It will provide a trauma-focused lens for professionals working with, and providing support, to this population. Techniques to engage and work with immigrants are discussed throughout the workshop.

Participants will learn about when and how to make a referral to Spence-Chapin, the free services and support we provide to our clients, how we assist professionals working this population, and follow-up support provided to birth and adoptive families.

The Rutgers School of Social Work will provide 1.0 Clinical, 2.0 Social & Cultural Competence CE hours for New York and New Jersey social workers.