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Current Stresses on Immigrant Mental Health

is an online, self-study, recorded webinar presented by Smita Dewan, LMSW, Ph.D. LL.B – 2.0 CEs ($35). This 2 hour long beginning to intermediate level webinar, created in November, 2021 for social work and other clinical professionals, discusses the impact of immigration policies on the mental well-being of immigrants. Dr. Dewan focuses  on how immigration policies create stressors for individuals and families and have a direct impact on their mental well-being, with resulting negative mental health outcomes, including trauma, isolation and acculturation stress.

About the Author:

Smita Dewan, LMSW, Ph.D. LL.B

Smita Dewan, LMSW, Ph.D. LL.B

Dr. Dewan is currently as Assistant Professor at the New York City College of Technology/CUNY. She has her doctorate in Social Work from Fordham University, and a law degree from the National Law School of India University.  Her research interests include social work with immigrants and refugees, international social work, human rights and social justice, and program evaluation.  Her most recent publication in the field of immigration is entitled “Can government funding strengthen the third sector? The impact of a capacity building program on Hispanic/Latino faith-based and community-based organizations.”

Course Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
1. list 2 reasons why it is important to understand how immigration policy affects immigrant mental health

2. describe 2 stressors for immigrants during the immigration process; identify two immigration policies which no longer have protections for keeping families together

3. list two post-migration stressors for immigrants

4. list two mental health symptoms of stress experienced by parents  and children separated at the southern border.

Refunds will be given in exceptional circumstances only within a month of registration. Previous payments will be honored only within the calendar year of registration.

Target audience: Social workers and other clinical professionals who work with clients who are affected by immigration policies.
Content level: Beginning to intermediate

Course completion requirements

To earn CE credit, participants must log in, attend the entire course as determined electronically and complete a course evaluation and posttest with at least 75% accuracy. Participants will have a second chance with access to training materials if they do not pass at 75% the first time. Further attempts must be authorized by the CE Director. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion. Course credit through any organization cannot be given retroactively. No partial credit can be given for any partially completed course.

Course interaction & system requirements
These online recorded webinars are self-paced/non-interactive. Course questions, comments and complaints can be directed to the Continuing Education Director Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D. by email at or by phone at 845-255-5022 or 845-810-0022.

System requirements:
Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
Internet browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher
Broadband Internet connections: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.
Media viewing requirements: Adobe Reader, Flash Player, & HTML5
DISABILITIES and technical difficulties: For disability accommodation or technical difficulties, please contact the Helpdesk at or contact Ruth at or call 845-210-0022 or 845-255-5022.
GRIEVANCES: BPTI maintains responsibility for this course. Course questions, comments and complaints can be directed to the Continuing Education Director by email at or by phone at 845-255-5022 or 845-810-0022. BPTI Grievance Policy can be found  BPTI_Grievance policy 2020rev_4


NYS CASACs: Best Practice Trainers, Inc is a recognized CE provider for NYS CASACs (#0806) and has individual and provider level approval to offer  this recorded webinar to re-credentialing CASACs for development purposes only
NYS Clinicians: Best Practice Trainers, Inc is a recognized CE provider for NYS Social Workers (# SW-0519) and LMHCs (#MHC-0124) and has provider level approval to offer CEs for this recorded webinar to NYS SWers and LMHCs. Registrants should note that only 1/3 of contact hours needed  for NY LCSWs and LMSWs can come from non-interactive web coursework.

NJ and All Other Social Workers: An ASWB ACE application has been submitted for this course in March, 2022.  Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. See a map showing what jurisdictions accept ACE here.