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Immigration, Mental Health, and Relief for Survivors of Crime and Domestic Violence

This is a FREE training event. 


Sacramento, CA (Friday, January 25, 2019) 

Los Angeles, CA (Friday, February 22, 2019) TRAINING FULL

Start: 9:00 am
End:  4:00 pm

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Course Overview 

Professionals who come into contact with immigrants and undocumented individuals are well-positioned to help those individuals identify immigration options that may be available to them as survivors of crime and/or abuse.  The goal of this workshop is to provide participants with a foundational knowledge of the immigration process and immigration relief for survivors, to provide participants with an overview of mental health issues commonly facing immigrants, and how best to provide culturally competent resources to those survivors while understanding the possibility of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. This information will be provided through lecture, visual aids, and experiential learning. 

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basics of the immigration process 

  •  Demonstrate an understanding of immigration relief for survivors of abuse and crimes

  •  Discuss how to communicate with immigrant clients, students, and patients in culturally sensitive ways

  •  Identify some common mental health challenges immigrants face

  •  Recognize the role of mental health professionals in seeking immigration relief

  •  Identify available resources and agencies for immigrant populations who have experienced   trauma


Dr. Mariela G. Shibley is a clinical and forensic psychologist with a private practice in San Diego, California. She specializes in issues around acculturation, immigration, and trauma and is a leading expert in conducting psychological evaluations for USCIS and Immigration Court. Since 2007, she has conducted and supervised over 2,000 of such evaluations and provided court testimony, training, and education on immigration and mental health. She was a guest speaker at several conferences of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is sought after for her knowledge and expertise in this arena.Dr. Shibley supervises unlicensed mental health professionals who work within her private practice and is a volunteer clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California San Diego. She has attended and presented numerous lectures on topics related to immigration and mental health and taught doctoral level classes at the California School of Forensic Studies, the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, and at Argosy University in San Diego. Dr. Shibley is an active member of the San Diego Psychological Association, where she has served on the Board of Directors for two years and is currently a member of the Ethics and the Forensic Committees.

Rachel Ray is a Managing Attorney at the University of California Immigrant Legal Services Center (“UC Center”).  At the UC Center, Rachel handles an immigration caseload and oversees immigration legal services provision to students and their family members at UCSF, UC Davis, UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz.  She is a graduate of UC Davis School of Law (J.D., Public Service Law Program Scholar) and Whitman College.  During college, she studied at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina.  Her immigration legal experience includes removal defense, family and humanitarian based immigration, and business immigration work at private firms including Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield - Immigration Defense, PC and Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the UC Center, Rachel served as the as the lead attorney for the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic’s Unaccompanied Minors Project, representing unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings.  After law school, Rachel also worked as a Civil Rights Impact Litigation Attorney Fellow with the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, and as a community organizer and documentarian for the ACLU of Northern California on a special immigrants' rights project in Alabama.  Rachel has served on multiple boards, including the AILA Santa Clara Valley Chapter, Somos Mayfair, and the Santa Clara Valley and Yolo County Chapters of the ACLU. 


  • 8:30am – 9:00am / Check-in and Registration
  • 9:00am – 9:45am / Introduction and Tone/Goal-setting 
  • 9:45am – 10:30am / Immigration 101
  • 10:30am – 10:40am / Break
  • 10:40am – 11:15am / Immigration Relief for Survivors of Abuse, Part I
  • 11:15am – 12:00pm / Immigration Relief for Survivors of Abuse, Part II
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm / Lunch
  • 1:00pm – 1:55pm / Immigrants, Immigration, and Mental Health
  • 1:55pm - 2:20pm / Culturally Appropriate Communication
  • 2:20pm – 2:30pm / Break
  • 2:30pm – 3:15pm / Mental Health Evaluations for Immigration Applications
  • 3:15pm – 3:45pm / Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Self-Care
  • 3:45 - 4:00pm / Q&A and Wrap-Up

This training is FREE OF CHARGE. Participants are responsible for travel, lodging and all meal expenses. Lunch is NOT provided.

Travel Scholarships Available
The Serving California's DIVERSITY Training Project is pleased to offer a limited number of travel scholarships in the form of reimbursement to victim service agencies that attend our in-person training events.  Those interested can complete an application and scholarships will be awarded based on need. Accepted applicants will be reimbursed following the training with submission of signed claim and required receipts. For a travel scholarship application, please contact Aimee DeBacker at

Continuing Education
If you are interested in Continuing Education please apply and pay for credit at the training. Cash, card, and check payments (payable to 'CIR').

  • Course meets qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, $45, Provider #128510. The Center for Innovation and Resource, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Course meets qualifications for 3 hours of MCLE Credits as required by California State Board of Law, $45. 

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) at the event. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

For more information, questions, or grievances, please contact Willow Cleverly at or 805-876-0291.

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should also contact Aimee DeBacker. Requests must be received by January 2, 2019

Individuals who prefer accommodations for interpretation services should also contact Aimee DeBacker. Requests must be received by January 2, 2019. 

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