Understanding Immigration Stress and Trauma NPCC Workshop Nov. 21, 2017

Posted on November 17, 2017

Immigration Stress and Trauma

Understanding Immigration Stress and Trauma

Many of our organizations work with people who arrived to the U.S. as immigrants or refugees from other countries. While the circumstances and goals of every immigration story are unique, the experience of leaving one’s country and culture of origin is stressful even under the best of conditions. Furthermore, issues of documentation and citizenship can be complex and unpredictable, adding to stress and fear. When immigration is preceded or followed by traumatic experiences, including those based on one’s perceived or actual identity, immigration stress can become immigration trauma. How do we best understand the current dynamics of immigration so that we can better serve the people with whom we work?

In this workshop, participants will be able to:

1) Identify unique stressors associated with immigration experiences

2) Describe the differences between stress reactions that are expected and short-term, versus those which may have long-term impact on quality of life and require greater support

3) Practice techniques for engagement with people who are immigrants and connect them to sources of clinical, psychosocial, economic, and legal support as needed

This workshop will be led by Elizabeth Speck, Melissa Escano (RISE Coordinator), and Luis Linares (RISE Paralegal).

Sponsored by Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York and Mental Health Association of New York City.

This workshop is supported by The New York Community Trust.


Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York
135 West 36th Street
15th Floor
New York, NY 10018

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Please Note: This meeting is open to all nonprofit organizations, but may be limited to ONE person per organization due to space constraints.

If your organization is not a current nonprofit member of NPCC, you can visit http://www.npccny.org/membership/how-to-join/for more information on joining NPCC.

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