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Working with Immigrant and Mixed-Status People in the US: Practicing Sociocultural Attunement in Challenging Contexts

Date: 9:00am - 4:00pm PDT April 13, 2019 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

How have historical events and current policies affected immigrants in the US? What are some of the complexities of living in the United States as an immigrant and having underdocumented and mixed legal status?

What are the sociocultural, structural, systemic, and personal factors that serve as barriers, as well as assets that facilitate your ability to be culturally responsive in your professional practice? How can you be an ally, advocate and agent of change for immigrant and mix-status individuals and families? 

The aim of this workshop is to help practitioners examine the challenges and rewards of working with mixed-documented immigrants in the United States, while being informed and maintaining sensitivity toward diverse worldviews and goals.

Through lecture, video, small and large group discussion and experiential exercises, participants will:

  • Review historical and current policies that effect mixed-status individuals and their families
  • Learn the tenets of socioculturally attuned and culturally responsive practice
  • Creatively examine and challenge barriers and assets that support equitable and justice practices, and,
  • Review complex cases and explore ways to apply the tenets of socioculturally attuned practice in your unique setting.

Following this workshop, participants will be able to answer the following questions:

  • How have historical events and current policies affected immigrants in the US?
  • What are some of the complexities of living in the US as an immigrant and having underdocumented and mixed legal status?
  • What are at least 5 research findings regarding risk and resilience of immigrant, transnational, and mix-status children and families living in the US?
  • What are the tenets of socioculturally attuned and responsive practice?
  • What are some of realities and lived experiences of mix-status families and how can you apply socioculturally attuned “intervention” to your specific practice (i.e. family therapy, counseling, teaching, social work, case management, etc.)?
  • What are the sociocultural, structural, systemic, and personal factors that serve as barriers, as well as assets that facilitate your ability to be culturally responsive in your practice?
  • What knowledge and experiences do you as a participant want to share with others that would be useful to them?
  • How can you be an ally, advocate and agent of change for immigrant and mix-status individuals and families?

Who Should Attend? This workshop will benefit family therapists, counselors, educators, social workers, case managers, and other professionals seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills around working with immigrants and their families.

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Instructor: J. Maria Bermúdez, PhD, LMFT

Noncredit: $125 before 3/20, $150 after. Includes 6 CEUs, PDUs or Washington Clock Hours. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.
Student rate: $50  School-based Mentors and Supervisors: Free. Please contact cce@lclark.edu to register

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  • We are committed to making our events accessible to all needs and abilities. When registering, let us know your access needs. To discuss your access needs before registering, please contact us at 503-768-6040 or cce@lclark.edu.

About the Presenter

Dr. Maria Bermudez is an Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia. She is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has co-authored a book on Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy (2018) and published over 48 journal articles and book chapters in family science and family therapy. She has consistently presented her work internationally and nationally at professional conferences and her work is anchored in feminist-informed and culturally responsive approaches to therapy, research, and supervision. Her worked is strength-based, focusing on individual and family resilience among people from marginalized social positions.