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Immigration Evaluations for Mental Health Professionals: Conduct Psychological Trauma Assessments and Write Reports that Help Refugees Avoid Deportation

Marc Sadoff, LCSW
Approx. 6 Hours
Oct 18, 2023
PESI, Inc.
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There are thousands of people right now that have been exposed to hellish environments of terror and abuse hoping to find safety in America.

A 16-year-old fleeing violence and separated from his family. A woman whose family has declared an ‘honor killing.’ Families fleeing political, racial or religious violence and terrorism. The survivors of human trafficking.

In most cases the authorities and native governments will not, or cannot, protect these individuals.

But you can.

As a mental health clinician, you can be the difference between safety and being returned to life threatening situations.

  • You already have many of the skills you need.
  • You don’t need to be a PhD.
  • It doesn’t need to become your main area practice.
  • And contrary to what you might think, you can actually make good money doing this important work.

I’m Marc Sadoff, LCSW. I’ve been doing psychological evaluations for clients in immigration court for decades. It’s been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had as a therapist.

And in my comprehensive training I’ll show you everything you need to start doing psychological assessments with immigrant teens and adults facing deportation. You’ll end this training ready to handle many of the most common cases you’ll see including asylum, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and T & U cases of trafficking.

We’ll cover it all from how to conduct interviews, write the reports, and confidently testify in court.

And, if you’re anxious about testifying, don’t worry. There are many types of cases you can take that DO NOT REQUIRE you to testify!

I’ll even show you how you can build relationships with attorneys in your area that make it simple to market your new services.

Other trainings on immigration evaluations are asking up to $1800…but you can join me, and start doing this work right away, for a fraction of the cost. And with videos that provide you a real sense of what to do in the interview room, a complete set of templates and forms, and access to ongoing consultation sessions, this program is every bit as comprehensive.

So don’t wait. This is your chance to expand your expertise, clinical practice and revenue base…maybe even preserve a life.

Purchase today!

Marc Sadoff, LCSW


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Marc Sadoff, LCSW, is a therapist in the Los Angeles area who has trained hundreds of licensed clinicians how to conduct psychological evaluations for immigration cases of asylum, VAWA, U Visa, T Visa, and hardship. Now in private practice, Marc previously worked with the Program for Torture Victims Los Angeles providing psychological and medical evaluations to corroborate claims of torture for asylum seekers. He is a contributor to the book A Health Professional’s Guide to Medical and Psychological Evaluations of Torture and has presented at the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma International Conference on helping refugees avoid deportation through psychological evaluations. Marc has worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including refugees, victims of human trafficking, and those seeking protection from persecution in their home counties. His empathetic and compassionate approach, combined with his attention to detail and thoroughness in evaluating cases, has earned him a stellar reputation in the immigration law community.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Marc Sadoff maintains a private practice and receives compensation as a consultant and trainer. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Marc Sadoff has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Gain proficiency in the fundamental concepts, protocols, and conventions of serving as an expert witness in immigration court, including understanding legal terms and processes, expectations and common experiences in court.
  2. Develop the ability to differentiate between the roles of an evaluator and a clinical treatment provider, and understand the circumstances under which primary treatment may be indicated.
  3. Identify signs of secondary traumatization in clinicians who may have been exposed to narratives of torture, trafficking, and abuse, and learn three strategies to address it effectively.
  4. Use techniques to gather specific and concrete in vivo trauma data for accurate documentation purposes.
  5. Write effective and properly formatted psychological reports that fulfill the needs of lawyers, clients, and judges within the context of immigration court.
  6. Recognize the impact of cultural differences on the diagnosis and assessment of trauma survivors from other countries who are seeking asylum.


Introduction to Immigration Evaluations

  • How clinicians are used as experts in trauma to help immigrants facing deportation
  • Understanding the needs of the client, the lawyer, and the judge
  • Consulting with lawyers and increasing awareness of ethical considerations
  • Relevant laws, regulations, and policies related to immigration evaluations

Cultural Competence in Immigration Evaluations

  • Understanding the impact of culture on the evaluation process
  • Recognizing and addressing cultural biases and barriers in assessments
  • Developing cultural sensitivity and competence in working with diverse immigrant populations

Preparing for and Conducting the Interview

  • How to read the declaration for a more efficient interview
  • Best practices for building rapport and conducting the interview session
  • Techniques of eliciting evidence of trauma in the interviews
  • Working with clients currently in detention
  • The 2 most powerful questions to assure your evaluations are respected by attorneys
  • Tips and common issues for using interpreters
  • Analysis of one hour of mock interview video – sexual assault and “honor killing”

Report Writing and Documentation for Immigration Evaluations

  • Legal issues that guide the interview and writing of the report
  • Technical tips for assembling your transcribed notes into a report template
  • Methods of detecting evidence of credibility and writing persuasively about malingering
  • How the diagnostic requirements of PTSD are used in demonstrating credibility

Preparing for and Providing Expert Testimony in Immigration Court

  • Understanding the role of the expert witness and courtroom procedures
  • VAWA and most hardship and T & U visa cases – most do not require testimony
  • Tips for having the best experience of going to court if asked to testify
  • Being prepared for common situations of testifying and online testifying
  • Guidelines for a professional presentation and response to questions in court

Self-Care and Vicarious Trauma for Evaluators

  • Recognizing and managing the impact on the evaluator’s well-being
  • Strategies for identifying and preventing vicarious trauma
  • Resources and support for evaluators

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Other masters level or greater Mental Health Professionals


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