Friday, March 31
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Adelphi University Manhattan Center
75 Varick Street
Suite 200
New York, NY 10013
Tagged: Continuing Education, Manhattan Center, School of Social Work

Undocumented Refugees: Current Issues in Practice and Advocacy

Continuing Education, Event, Social Work CE, Workshop

Unfortunately, this event has been canceled.  Yaberci Perez Cubillan is no longer able to teach this workshop.  We will be offering a full refund. We hope to once again introduce this topic in the future as we believe that it is of vital importance to our professional community and the people we serve.  

CEs: 6
Lunch will be included.

Mental health professionals play a vital role in strengthening undocumented immigrant families. Mental health professionals often become a key source of support and guidance. They see first-hand how for many of these families the initial goal for immigrating evolves over time. Often the initial mindset of achieving financial stability and returning to their homeland changes as they have children and create their own families in the United States. Mental health professionals are instrumental to providing a safe and secure holding environment as members of these families assimilate or, acculturate to the norms and values of the dominant culture. Like native-born citizens, many of these families strive to attain the “American Dream”. In recent times, attaining the “American Dream” has a different meaning. It is now associated with anxiety and fear.

Now more than ever, mental health professionals need to familiarize themselves with the struggles these families face. This training will offer you the opportunity to review best practices and theoretical perspectives you can use to work with these families using a strong therapeutic alliance at the heart of your work. This training will provide case examples and group activities helping you move from theory to practice.  

The trainer will provide an overview of practice interventions you can use when working with undocumented children, adolescence and  adults. This trainer will discuss how care coordination can be used from point of contact and throughout the course of treatment as helping these families meeting physiological and safety needs is paramount if your goal is to provide a holistic and person-centered approach to care. 

Training Objectives

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to: 

  • Review the theoretical frameworks mental health professionals can use when working with undocumented immigrant clients.
  • Practice interventions mental health professionals can add to their therapeutic tool kit when working with undocumented immigrant children, children, adolescents and older adults
  • Sample NYSCRI needs assessment
  • Describe the impact of the Differed Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Act upon undocumented client populations.
  • Review the theoretical frameworks mental health professionals can use when working with undocumented immigrant clients.
  • Practice interventions mental health professionals can add to their therapeutic tool kit when working with undocumented immigrant children, children, adolescents and older adults
  • Plan care coordination as a critical intervention when working with undocumented immigrants.

About the Speaker

yaberci_cropYaberci Perez-Cubillan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New York ( LCSW-R). She is a bilingual, bi-cultural Hispanic female with over 15 years of extensive training and experience in the areas of Mental Health, Cultural Competency, working with Immigrant Families, Leadership, Management, Clinical Supervision, Program Development, Program Auditing and Quality.

Her background includes extensive work with immigrant children, adolescents and adults of diverse ethnic backgrounds and diagnosed with an array of psychiatric conditions. For almost a decade, she worked with multi-stressed families facing difficulties in the areas of parenting, cultural transitions, marital discord, bereavement and trauma. Other areas of specialties include, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and life transitions.

Her eclectic approach to treatment includes the use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) combined with Person- Centered Principles and a strong Therapeutic Alliance.

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts and a graduate degree (MSW) from Hunter College School of Social Work. In 2016, she completed a Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Executive Leadership at New York University, Silver School of Social Work

Mrs. Perez-Cubillan is part of the Senior Management Team at Acacia Network, the second largest Latino led not –for- profit organization in the country. Her portfolio includes Mental Health Clinics, School Response Teams, School Based Clinics, Court Involved Youth Programs, Primary Behavioral Health Care Integration Program (PBHCI), Personalized Recovery Oriented Program (PROS).

She is an Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University where she teaches Human Behavior and she has her own independent private practice in New York City. 


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.
  • 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.

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.”

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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Tagged: Continuing Education, Manhattan Center, School of Social Work
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