Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Psychological Issues and Techniques in Navigating the Asylum Process

Adjudicating the asylum process is one of the most challenging tasks that torture survivors must face, as they attempt to rebuild their lives in their new countries. As clinicians, we provide therapeutic  services to our clients who are facing these challenges. We may also be called upon to provide affidavits and testimony for those asylum seekers who are involved in the asylum process. Our interventions may take the form of one-time evaluations, or may be drawn from our ongoing treatment of longstanding clients. This presentation will speak to the challenges and best practices for clinicians providing support, documentation and expert testimony during a survivor’s asylum process. The insights will come from a clinician that has done, or supervised, hundreds of successful asylum cases at the asylum office level as well as the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be better able to approach psychological evaluations in a supportive and effective manner
  2. Participants will understand the nuances between engaging in the asylum process as a one-time evaluator as opposed to an ongoing treating clinician
  3. Participants will understand the distinctions between being an “expert” witness as opposed to an advocate
  4. Participants will be able to navigate the differences between consistency and causation in terms of psychological findings
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