Friday, November 17, 2017
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Adelphi Hauppauge Center 55 Kennedy Drive
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Tagged: Hauppauge Education and Conference Center, School of Social Work, Continuing Education

The Traumatic Impact of Immigration Policy Upon Clinical and Fieldwork Practice

Event, Workshop, Continuing Education, Social Work CE, In-Person Workshop

With Jodi Ziesemer, J.D. and Brett Stark

CEs: 6
Cost: $125.00

Immigrant communities throughout the United States are facing unprecedented stress and trauma in today’s political climate in light of recent Executive Orders and recent efforts to strictly and broadly enforce our country’s immigration laws. New priorities for arrests and deportation by immigration authorities have engendered heightened levels of fear and are discouraging immigrant and mixed-status families from engaging in every-day activities such as taking their children to school, attending parent-teacher conferences, and enrolling children in medical insurance and public benefits. Clinicians themselves are reporting a need for more informed contemporaneous strategies to deal with the feelings of anxiety and dislocation engendered in their patient populations.

Back by popular demand, legal advocate, Jodi Ziesemer, J.D., will be joined by her colleague Brett Stark to lead a thought-provoking and informative presentation and discussion that will provide an orientation regarding immigration status, the content and effects of the new policies, and how schools and communities programs can effectively engage immigrant children and immigrant families. The workshop will include a discussion of programs and partnerships Catholic Charities offers to assist and protect immigrant communities.

Learning Objectives


  • Basic understanding of lawful and unlawful immigration into the U.S.  
  • Understanding of legal implications of recent changes in immigration law and policy
  • Review of the legal process immigrants face and the challenges in navigating those processes
  • Psychosocial, legal, and financial challenges during the immigration process
  • Understanding the role medical/Mental Health professionals can play in the immigration process
  • The importance of working in interdisciplinary legal, medical, and mental health teams
  • Referrals: who to refer, when to refer, and where to refer to immigration lawyers

Mental Health

  • Overview of psychological needs and characteristics of immigrant, particularly recently arrived immigrant children and families
  • Review of main mental health difficulties and diagnoses present in immigrant populations
  • Understanding the complexity of trauma sources and their impact
    • Before migration
    • During journey
    • During detention
    • Post-release
  • Examination of ways to identify vulnerable immigrant children and children of immigrants
  • Review of assessment methods to identify psychosocial needs
  • Discussion of effective interventions in working with immigrants
  • The role of mental health and other professionals supporting documentation in immigration cases for children

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About the Instructors

Jodi Ziesemer is a Supervising Attorney at Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New York for the Immigrant Children Advocacy and Relief Effort (ICARE) and Unaccompanied Minors Program. Ziesemer coordinates representation of recently arrived unaccompanied immigrant children and oversees a team of attorneys who provide services to immigrant youth detained with the Office of Refugee Resettlement. In addition, she has worked for the past eight years representing a wide variety of immigrants in front of Executive Office of Immigration Review (Immigration Court) and USCIS. Prior to graduating summa cum laude from New York Law School, Ziesemer worked as a Board of Immigration Appeals representative for the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago and as a paralegal at Fitzgerald and Company, LLC in Boston. During her thirteen years in immigration law, Ziesemer has worked on a range of projects including human trafficking, naturalization drives, pro bono asylum, representation for unaccompanied minors and victims of violent crime. Jodi holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Grinnell College and a Master’s in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a J.D. from New York Law School. She recently co-authored an article for the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal entitled, “The Right to Have Rights: Loss of Citizenship, Asylum, and Constitutional Principles.” (Vol 30, No 3, Spring 2016).

Brett Stark is Legal Director and co-founder of Terra Firma at Catholic Charities New York, where he represents unaccompanied immigrant children in federal and state litigation, specializing in asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile cases. A former Equal Justice Works fellow, Stark has worked in refugee resettlement in Kenya, on human rights in Israel, and was a 2008 Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan. Brett is the co-author of “Terra Firma: Medical-Legal Care for Unaccompanied Immigrant Garifuna Children,” Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy (2015), and “Playing Solomon: Federalism, Equitable Discretion, and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction,” Roger Williams Law Review (2014). Stark is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Rochester, and is admitted to the New York Bar and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.


Continuing Education Credit

  • Social Workers: Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.
  • Mental Health Counselors: Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0068
  • Marriage and Family Therapists: Adelphi University is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider for continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0038
  • Psychologists: Adelphi University School of Social Work is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program and its contents.
  • CASAC training hours: Program information has been submitted to the New York State Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services Education and Training for earning or re-credentialing for CASAC clock hours.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education credits. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEUs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Accessibility Statement

Adelphi University is committed to providing an environment which is responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities including students, faculty, administrators, staff and the larger community. The institution is equally supportive of full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Committee on Individuals with Disabilities (CID) pledges continued active support in achieving universal access and ensuring that academic programs, facilities, and activities are made available to all students, employees and visitors with disabilities.

Accommodations will be made to support learners with special needs to participate in the training/workshop. Please contact Araceli Palacios at 516.877.4343 to request such accommodations.

For further information, please contact:

Audrey Freshman, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC
Director, Office of Professional and Continuing Education
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516.877.4339
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