Category Archives: General

What to look for in a clinical evaluator for an immigration case:

Look for a therapist (Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Psychologist) who has experience  doing clinical evaluations specifically for immigration purposes. A good evaluator will be able to create an open and sharing environment for the client.  Sometimes this is … Continue reading

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How does a clinical evaluation strengthen an immigration case?

There are many ways in which a psychosocial evaluation can strengthen a client’s asylum or other type of immigration case. Listed below are a few: Corroboration of a client’s story by an outside source Provide detailed explanation of a client’s mental … Continue reading

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Why have your evaluation completed by a clinical social worker??

In this article about types of clinical evaluations that are often used to support immigration cases ( http://www.msba.org/departments/commpubl/publications/bar_bult/2007/oct/evaluation.asp) it is noted that many of the tests used by clinical psychologists in their evaluations with immigrants are not appropriate with this … Continue reading

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Domestic Abuse Evaluations

The Violence against Women Act (VaWA), passed in 1994, allows spouses who were filing for their legal status through their marriage to a US citizen, and were abused during this marriage, to file for their legal status independently.  My evaluations … Continue reading

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Hardship Evaluations

I often conduct hardship evaluations, during which I assess the negative impact U.S. citizen family members would suffer if their relative was deported.  Usually, this is a parent and/or spouse. I assess the emotional and financial impact a deportation would … Continue reading

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Clinical Evaluations with U-Visa clients

The purpose of the U-visa is to give immigrant victims of certain crimes temporary legal status and work eligibility in the United States.   These crime victims have experienced a “felonious assault” and have cooperated with the police in helping to … Continue reading

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How to prepare a client for a psychological evaluation:

 1. It is helpful for the client to call the therapist directly prior to the evaluation meeting to have a conversation about what to expect during the evaluation. 2. Encourage your client to be as open and honest as they … Continue reading

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