Current Stresses on Immigrant Mental Health

2.25 CEs | $39.50 | Smita Dewan, LMSW, Ph.D. LL.B

Join Dr. Smita Dewan as she dives deep into 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. This 2.25 hour long beginning to intermediate level online self-study, recorded 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.

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

What you get from this offer

Access to the course

Get access to a 2.25-hour long course

Approved CEs

The completion of the course will grant you 2.25 CEs.

Insights into immigration policies affecting mental health

Understand and use the insights in your own practice.

Approved credits


Recognized CE provider for NYS OASAS (#0806) and has individual course and provider level approval to offer CEs for these webinars to NYS re-credentialing CASACs. 

For NYS Clinicians

Recognized CE provider for NYS Social Workers (# SW-0519) and LMHCs (#MHC-0124) and has provider level approval to offer CEs for these recorded webinars 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.

All Other Social Workers*

Current Stresses on Immigrant Mental Health (#4196) has been approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Best Practice Trainers, Inc. as an individual course that is available for CEs for social workers in the US and Canada. 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. ACE course approval period: 5/29/2022 – 5/29/2024. *See a map showing what jurisdictions accept ACE here.

About the author

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

Dr. Dewan is currently an 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.”

Completion requirements

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