RIWW Training Session RSVP
The Bay Area Asylum Mental Health Project at Research Institute Without Walls (RIWW), in collaboration with Centro Legal de la Raza, the San Francisco Bar Association, and Well Clinic is offering a training for licensed mental health clinicians who are interested in learning how to perform mental health evaluations of asylum seekers.

Training details:

When: Monday Nov 4th, 9 am – 4 pm

Where: Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco
301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Conference Center (Rooms A & B)

Fee: $90

Contact: On the day of training text Ariel Shidlo 212-243-9596. Otherwise, please email ariel.shidlo@riww.org

RSVP: Please RSVP in the form below

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The Bay Area Asylum Mental Health Project is receiving more evaluation requests than our current clinician network can provide. Recent changes in ICE processing procedures has resulted in many asylum seekers having much shorter time periods to compile necessary documentation for their cases. Many asylum seekers whose attorneys have referred them for an evaluation, do not have documentation of their trauma history and related symptoms necessary for a fair consideration of their asylum application. Since asylum seekers who are declined asylum status are often sent back to their communities and families where political, gang, gender and/or sexual orientation related violence are often pervasive, it’s imperative that the court has access to an accurate and full picture of an asylum seeker’s mental health, trauma history, and the effect on their mental health of being forced to return to their home country.

The training provide instruction on conducting the client interview, report writing, small group activity as well as a presentation on the asylum process provided by asylum attorneys from our partner organizations. After attending the training you will be provided a mentor, a peer consult group, sample interview questions, report templates and sample reports. Client evaluation interviews are typically 2 to 3 hours, done at your preferred time in your office with a translator provided if needed by the attorney. Although the details of the evaluation interview process will be discussed in the training, it is essentially a standard intake interview that all licensed mental health clinicians are trained to provide, with a more detailed trauma history component. Report writing time varies based on individual writing style. New evaluators are typically given cases with a two or more month deadline. Many cases don’t include testimony, and you may choose to only accept cases which do not. No history of working with immigrants is required. Although fluency in languages other than English is beneficial it is not necessary.

**We ask that clinicians who would like to attend our Nov 2019 training be able to accommodate in their schedule two evaluations over the next eight months:
Accepting a first evaluation by March 1, 2020, and accepting a second one by August 15, 2020.

If your schedule does not allow for evaluations in this time period, please wait to sign up for our Fall training.**

Please bring your laptops or tablets as we will be reviewing the documents attached to a follow up email; please be sure to download the documents ahead of time in case we don’t have access to WiFi. We will take a short break for lunch so bring a lunch bag for yourself. We may have a wait list for this training so please let us know as soon as possible if you plan to attend.

There is a fee of $90 to help with the cost of our asylum project's operations.

Please make your payment through paypal using this link

If you haven't done so, please be sure to join our network before the training at https://goo.gl/forms/uCZlXGyEjh6tgZiI3

Please email us, ahead of the training, to cliniciandocs@riww.org : Your professional license, liability insurance, and CV. If you don't have a current CV, please send a brief document with information about your graduate training and current mental health work.
Reminder: You will need to be licensed in CA and have liability insurance to perform asylum evals. If you don't have these, you can still volunteer for the asylum project in non clinical ways. Please email us at info@riww.org for more information.

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