The Bay Area Asylum Mental Health Project at Research Institute Without Walls, in collaboration with Centro Legal de la Raza, the San Francisco Bar Association, and Well Clinic is offering training for licensed mental health clinicians who are interested in performing psychological evaluations of asylum seekers.
When: TBA (Spring 2019)
Where: San Francisco
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 do not have supporting documentation of the reasons that led them to flee their country of origin. Mental health evaluations can help adjudicators by providing an accurate picture of an asylum seeker’s trauma history and its effect on their mental health.
The Project’s training provides instruction on conducting evaluations, report writing, as well as legal information on the asylum process provided by immigration attorneys from our partner organizations.
After attending the training you will be provided a mentor who will work with you to develop your skills as an evaluator. Client evaluation interviews are typically 2 to 3 hours, done at your preferred time in your office, with the help of an interpreter as needed. Although fluency in languages other than English is beneficial it is not necessary. After taking the training we ask that you provide at least two evaluations a year, with the first evaluation within 3 months following your training.