Month: February 2016

March 30: Therapeutic Implications When Working with Hispanic Immigrant Youth and their Families

“Therapeutic Implications When Working with Hispanic Immigrant Youth and their Families”

Wednesday, March 30 from 8:30am – 12 noon

Vilma E. Matos, LCSW-R

Adelphi University Hauppauge Center (55 Kennedy Drive, Hauppauge)
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This workshop, led by Vilma E. Matos, LCSW-R, reviews the actual month-long journey most of unaccompanied Hispanic immigrant youth go through to get into the United States.

Once here, they often have to reconnect and live with parents and siblings they have not seen in years or have never met. This frequently results in family upheaval and discord.  Reunification is then compounded with culture shock, learning English, and attending a new school with its unfamiliar systems and rules.

These overwhelming factors can cause depression, anxiety, and PTSD, to name a few. This presentation will teach culturally relevant mental health engagement, assessment, and intervention techniques to use with this growing population. A case study will be presented.

Who Should Attend? Mental Health Providers (social workers, psychologists, and supervisors) in clinics, private therapy, schools, and health centers.

Learning Objectves
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Acquire a better understanding of the complex nature when working with the undocumented Hispanic immigrant and how to intervene therapeutically.
  2. Learn facts of the actual journey and border crossing and its emotional and psychological impact on immigrant youth.
  3. Have an increased insight into how the separation and reunification of immigrant children with parents and siblings impact family dynamics.
  4. Learn how to assess the emotional/psychological status of immigrant families and youth.
  5. Acquire effective therapeutic interventions and ways to address the emotional and psychological needs of this population.


Association for Mental Health and Wellness, Inc. SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0156.

*New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants attend the entire approved educational activity in order to receive continuing education credits, from 9am-12pm.

Please note: No refunds will be issued for cancellations.         

To register, please click here.


As a bilingual school social worker, Ms. Matos has conducted weekly “Newcomer” Support Groups with Hispanic immigrant students for the past 14 years at the Huntington School District. She has also interfaced with immigrant parents, provided support to them, and led workshops on better parenting skills to help reunite families after years of separation. Ms. Matos has also provided professional development to staff at Huntington on the best cultural practices when working with immigrant students. She also designed a unique board game, “My Journey to the United States©” (“Mis Pasos a los Estados Unidos©”) to help immigrant youth to better process all the changes and challenges they face.