Erikson Institute

Supporting Immigrant Families: A historical-, sociopolitical-, trauma-, and diversity-informed framework for early childhood workers

This workshop will increase participants' understanding of immigration enforcement policy and integrate clinical considerations of the impacts of current immigration policy.

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Description

Latinx immigrants often make up a significant and growing population of young children in this country, and it is in the best interest of children and families for early childhood workers to understand the unique needs of this population. This workshop will increase participants' understanding of immigration enforcement policy and integrate clinical considerations of the impacts of current immigration policy. This will include the threat of separation for children and parents, family separations due to deportation and separations related to immigration, as well as considerations for historical trauma for groups related to race, ethnicity or religion in their country of origin and in the United States. This workshop will include case-based learning to highlight clinical considerations, as well as a panel presentation on policy and service provision.

Objectives:

  • Have an increased knowledge of how current and historical immigration policy affects very young children and their families.
  • Articulate and understand the clinical implications of the intersection of historical trauma, immigration trauma and intergenerational trauma in marginalized families with young children
  • Increase their ability to intervene around the chronic fear of separations, separations due to immigration policy and reunification, assessing and treating families around historical and intergenerational trauma.
  • Identify the social, physical and psychological implications for young children and their families of threats of family disruption, and actual separations, including ambiguous loss, in the context of immigration enforcement and the COVID-19 syndemic.

PD offered: 6 CE hours, LCSW, LCPC, Psychology

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