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


Adelphi University Hauppauge Center
55 Kennedy Drive
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Undocumented Refugees: Current Issues in Practice and Advocacy

Please note: This workshop has been moved from February 10 to February 17 due to hazardous conditions following the blizzard.

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.

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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
  • 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. 

This program has been approved for CEU credits by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work. Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.
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. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events. If there are any changes in State regulation, this policy will updated accordingly.

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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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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 hours. 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 CEs; “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.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

For further information, please contact the Student Access Office at 516.877.3806 or

For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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