Upcoming Training

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 a free training for licensed mental health clinicians (PhD, LCSW, MFT, LPCC, MD) who are interested in performing psychological evaluations of asylum seekers.

Training details:

When: Monday Sept 17, 9:30am – 3:00pm

Where: San Francisco, CA

How to enroll: Sorry, we are already at capacity.


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. For asylum seekers whose attorneys have referred them for an evaluation, they are left without the documentation of their trauma history and related symptoms necessary for a fair consideration by a judge. Since asylum seekers who are declined asylum status are 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. After taking the training we ask that you provide at least one evaluation a year, with the first evaluation within 6 months following your training.

Please bring your laptops as we will be reviewing the documents attached to a follow up email, and 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 bag lunch for yourself.