Ethics in Working with Immigrant Populations 

We see the headlines everyday… zero tolerance immigration policies, family separations, legal and undocumented immigrants detained on a daily basis.  What does it mean for clinicians working directly with individuals and families affected by this immigration crisis? 

As there are increasing changes to the immigration systems and policies in the U.S., it is important for clinical professionals working with immigrants to feel prepared for the multiplicity of issues that their clients may be dealing with. This training addresses legal, clinical, and ethical considerations among immigrant clients of various cultures and statuses. Many asylum seekers, refugees, and other immigrants must await lengthy legal processes, face financial and cultural barriers adapting to the U.S., and experience long separation from family in their home countries. This is often in addition to processing complex trauma and grief. Clinicians require increased awareness and skills to identify and address the obstacles their clients may be facing.


Date: Sunday, October 25, 2020

Time: Sign-In: 1:30pm – Workshop: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Location:Online, Real-Time, Interactive (via Zoom)

Cost: $59 early registration through October 18

   $69 after October 18, 2019

  $52 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Caitlin Tromiczak, LICSW

CEU Credits: 3 Ethics Category I CEUs (same as in-person credits!) – See below for credit info


Caitlin Tromiczak is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with immigrant communities in Washington DC for over 15 years. Her areas of expertise include trauma, domestic violence, PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief, immigration, torture, family separation in transnational families, women’s empowerment, community outreach, diversity & inclusion, and using mindfulness practices as an accompanying modality to therapy. She also draws experience from her work with communities abroad in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Rwanda, South Africa, the Philippines, and India. She embraces opportunities to look deeper into the effects of trauma and migration on the individuals and communities she serves, as she strives to create and provide more culturally responsive and effective services.

Ms. Tromiczak currently manages the Health and Psychological Wellness program at TASSC International in Washington DC, sees clients in her private practice in Silver Spring, and is working on her doctorate in International Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.


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1. Identify their own and societal biases about migration and how this might impact their work with clients

2. Understand the phenomena via case studies and relevant research findings

3. Learn to work with clients through a trauma-informed and culturally responsive lens

4. Identify and describe the potential symptoms and behaviors that create obstacles to healthy adjustment

5. Address legal issues such as:

– Understanding various classifications of immigrants living in the U.S.

– Immigration terminology

– Overview of some legal processes immigrants face and the challenges in navigating them

– How recent legislation has impacted this population

6. Address clinical issues such as:

– Common clinical diagnosis

– Culturally relevant assessment tools and strategies

– Psychological forensic evaluations and how to successfully collaborate with your clients’ lawyer

– Vicarious trauma and self-care

7. Address ethical issues such as:

– Ethical challenges specific to working with immigrant populations

– Risk management strategies

– Managing confidentiality of undocumented status clients

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