The purpose of this 1.5 hour workshop is to define the role of the clinical and forensic psychologist in immigration cases (e.g., asylum applications, hardship/N-601 waiver applications, VAWA, and U-visas). Basic legal terminology will be defined for the purpose of clarity – such as, defensive versus affirmative asylum application, refugee versus asylum status, particular social groups etc.). The presenter will describe the purpose of a clinical and/or forensic evaluation in immigration cases, and review the typical outline of a report. Assessment procedures will be discussed from a psychometric and cultural perspective, along with ethical considerations (e.g., use of interpreters, communication with attorneys, expert witness testimony). A real-life asylum case will be used as an example.
Dr. Mihaela Dranoff is a licensed psychologist with a specialty in forensic and clinical assessments. She is the Director of the Montclair Center for Psychological Services, and adjunct faculty for the Psychology Department and the Center for Child Advocacy and Policy at Montclair State University. She is an externship supervisor for graduate forensic and clinical psychology students at Montclair State University. Dr. Dranoff is an Asylum Network member for Physicians for Human Rights, and a member of the Refugee Mental Health Resource Network. Dr. Dranoff has published and presented numerous times at regional and national professional conferences on topics related to clinical and forensic assessment in the context of immigration proceedings.
This training is designed to help you:
- Define key legal, ethical, and psychological concepts specific to immigration-related assessments.
- Conduct clinical and forensic interviewing with a focus on immigration-related referral issues.
- Identify assessment techniques with strong psychometric properties and intercultural applicability to aid in the assessment process.
- Organize the psychological evaluation report and provide conclusions and recommendations relevant to the referral question(s).
- Prepare for expert witness testimony in immigration court.