Immigration Psychological Evaluations : Certification Course for Clinicians

A Course for Therapists

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Being an immigrant and not having residency status these days creates a very desperate situation. The political climate is always scary, however now, it is even to a heightened level. These clients are anxious, depressed, not sleeping, not speaking about what they are feeling, and likely they have been scammed by at least one person by the time you meet with them. It’s important to understand how they feel, whatever culture they are from I hear the same stories, the same feelings and the same fears.

This training will encompass many issues that are important in understanding how to write an immigration psychological evaluation that is effective towards the client’s mental well-being. Whether you are writing this report for a child/spouse/brother/sister/mother/father, you will continue to hear very similar situations. Cultural competency is very important, understanding trauma and assessment writing is also very important. These letters or reports should be somewhere around 9-14 pages. You can imagine that it will take some time to compile this information to write the compelling argument about the extreme hardship this client and their family will experience if their loved one is deported.

This training will create a picture of the average client that will need a psychological evaluation and his/her family system. It’s important to understand the family system in order to help in the healing process. It’s also helpful for the family to support each other through this process, however they are likely not talking about this to anyone.

This training includes a module for each step of this process. Whether it is what the forms could look like, what needs to be filled out by your client, diagnosis and the necessity for taking your time with this component, how to understand the common traits you will see in your office and finally walking through a Mock Psychological Evaluation Report and what information it needs to include in order for the Immigration Department to approve their application.


Participants will be able to:

1. Describe the many different immigration cases and how to write an effective report.

2. What the immigration department needs to see in this letter in terms of sessions, diagnosis and information.

3. Identify the relevant DSM-5 diagnostic criteria

4. Identify appropriate treatment recommendations and how to summarize their report effectively.

Your Instructor

Carol Adkisson, LMFT
Carol Adkisson, LMFT

Carol Adkisson, LMFT is an author, speaker, teacher and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the owner of a private practice and founder/Chief Executive Officer of a non-profit, The Trauma and Healing Foundation in Fontana. She also is an author of a number of books including “Recovering My Life, a Personal Bariatric Story.” She co-developed and participates in a podcast entitled “Curious Intentions.” Carol specializes in anxiety, depression, trauma, couples therapy, ADHD, substance issues, weight loss and bariatric surgery, 12-step recovery, hoarding and of course IMMIGRATION PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS. She is trained in various treatments including EMDR and Trauma Focused CBT and numerous other modalities. She also has 36 years experience working with recovery-based programs. She serves individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents. She utilizes "discernment theory" as a means to perceive which treatment is most helpful for an individual client’s needs. Carol is the Clinical Director of her group practice, which employs therapists with many different specialties, whom she supervises. She has her Bachelor’s Degree and Masters Degree in Marriage Family Therapy from Hope International University. Her hobbies include volleyball, spending time with her family, and she is a foodie, always ready to try something new.

Why am I doing this course?

As a child of an immigrant, I have a heart for these people & this work. If you are not called to work with this field, it’s important we don’t re-traumatize our clients as many immigrants we will work with have been scammed by professionals before we ever meet them.

It’s about the calling, not the money. Yes this field can be lucrative and we will discuss that in a later module, in the meantime make sure this course is what you have a heart for.

These cases aren't easy to do, they are very timely to complete as effective as possible. Let’s get to work!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
When purchasing this training program, please be aware that I do not offer a refund due to a change of mind. Given that this program is delivered electronically I am unable to issue a refund once your log-in details have been issued.

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