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Forensic and Clinical Assessments in the Context of Immigration Proceedings

CE Credits: 1.5 Credits
Length: 1.5 Hours
Level: Introductory
Training Style: Video
Category: Investigative Interviewing
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Training Description
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.
Trainer Biography
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.

1 Sponsorship: The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc is approved by the American Psychological Association, National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and Canadian Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education trainings. Global Institute of Forensic Research (GIFR) has been approved by NBCC as an approved Continuing Education provider, ACEP No. 6711. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GIFR is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. The American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts Continuing Education Credit sponsored by the American Psychological Association. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc (provider #1371) is also approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ACE provider approval period: 6/8/2022-6/8/2025. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
2 Refund/Cancellation Policy: If you wish to request a refund on account of technical difficulties, please contact [email protected].
3 Commercial Supports: The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc reports no conflicts of interest in the development and sponsorship of this training. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc receives no commercial support for its Continuing Education programs or from its presenters.

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