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Recorded webinar presented by George Ramos, LMHC, Ph.D. – 1.25 CEs ($22.00)
This 1.25 hour long beginning to intermediate level recorded webinar, created in February, 2019, is a primer for social work and mental health professionals who are conducting and writing immigration hardship evaluations.

Dr. Ramos says. . .”I am currently teaching at Nyack College, and doing research concerning Latino voices of front-line clinicians in New York State”. . .more. Bibliography here.

Course Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. identify two reasons why a mental health practitioner might be asked to perform an Immigration Mental Health Evaluation.
  2. list two barriers that hinder an immigrant from getting mental health treatment.
  3. list 2 ways in which the status “undocumented” may come to be applied to an immigrant.
  4. list two types of visas that may preclude the removal of an undocumented immigrant from the US.
  5. describe 2 circumstances under which a Hardship Application may be filed that would preclude an undocumented immigrant’s removal from the US.
  6. list 3 assessments which may be important in constructing an immigrant’s  mental health evaluation.

About the Author:

 I have completed my Ph.D., am  teaching at Nyack College,  and am now father of a wonderful daughter, Arya Camilla. From 2006 until 2019, I worked as a  Child Protective Specialist for  NYC Administration for Children’s Services, NY.  This was a full-time position in which I  performed investigations of reports of child abuse/neglect and ensured child safety and welfare.
During the time I was working for NYC ACS, I was also interning part-time as a mental health counselor for ACS  and for Veritas, Inc. For both agencies, I assessed clients, developed treatment plans, and led individual and group therapy sessions utilizing Evidence Based Models for mental health, family issues, and addiction issues. I reviewed and evaluated clients’ progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment and care plans, and coordinated counseling efforts with other mental health professionals, doctors, nurses and social workers.

In my practice, I now am very interested to find how those with immigration issues can be served better by our mental health system. I’m doing a research project on barriers to service experienced by Latinos, and this webinar on mental health evaluations for immigrants is another way to examine and diminish barriers that immigrants experience to getting services.


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, counselors, and other clinical professionals who work with clients with issues related to immigration.
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 available at the successful completion of the course. 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.

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 here

NYS CASACs: Best Practice Trainers, Inc, is recognized by OASAS as a CE provider (#0806) for re-credentialing CASACs and has individual and provider level approval to offer CEs for this recorded webinar.
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 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.

NJ and All Other Social Workers: Immigration Mental Health Evaluation Primer, #2818 is 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. 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: 5/29/2020 – 5/29/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 1.25 General Social Work continuing education credits.  See a map showing what jurisdictions accept ACE here.