Mental Health and the Immigrant Experience

Yvette R. Murry, MSW, LCSW

Course Description:
There are a multitude of challenges related to the socio-political frameworks that characterize immigration in the United States.  Immigration-related policies are often associated with discrimination, harassment, social isolation, fear, marginalization and/or trauma.   Many immigrants and refugees come from cultures where mental health is not openly discussed and they may not have the language or resources to seek treatment.  This workshop will explore the impact of policies and perspectives that influence clinical work and the therapeutic process when working with immigrant communities.  Discussions will examine historical and current attitudes towards immigration, as well as, circumstances that render many “newcomers” in emotional, physical and/or psychic distress.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define key terms associated with immigration, migration, and emigration in the United States.
  2. Describe the immigration, assimilation, and acculturation process.
  3. Analyze current research on the behavioral and mental health needs of immigrants through a multi-generational lens.
  4. Apply therapeutic strategies when working with immigrant individuals, families, and communities.

Presenter Biography:
Yvette R. Murry is the President & CEO of YRM Consulting Group, LLC.   Yvette has over 30 years of experience providing training, coaching and consultation services nationally and internationally and is a licensed social worker, master trainer and professional life coach.  She also has a private therapy practice in Edison, NJ.

Yvette is a staunch advocate for individuals requiring accommodations for cognitive, intellectual and developmental dis-abilities, physical and mobility access, mental and physical health support; as well as other visible and invisible differences. She is the board chair for the NJ Center for Non-Profits, advocacy committee for the NJ Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance and leadership team of the NJ Statewide Cultural Competency Network.  She received a Freeholder appointment in 2016 to the Middlesex County Mental Health Board.  She sits on the Superior Court Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns and the Middlesex County Advisory Council on Addiction & Drug Dependency serving on the Opioid and Prescription Drugs committee.

Yvette holds a BA in English and Economics, and a Master of Social Work degree in Non-Profit and Public Management from Rutgers University.  She is a fellow of Leadership NJ, Salzburg Global Leadership and Harvard School of Business.  She has received a certificate from the Rutgers University School of Alcohol Studies and is pursuing her license as a Clinical and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor.  She is also a certified school social worker.

Location: Eisenhower Conference Center, 80 Beaufort Avenue, Livingston, NJ
Date:    December 10, 2018       Time: 9:00am-3:30pm
Registration and continental breakfast will take place between 9:00-9:30a.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30a.m.


9:30 – 10:00am Welcome & Overview of Goals/Objectives
Interactive Group Activity
10:00 – 10:55am Defining key terminology
Provider attitudes and views related to immigration, emigration, migration and refugee status
10:55 – 11:00am Morning Break
11:00am – 12:00pm Historical context of immigration, emigration, migration and refugee status
Mental health considerations for clients and families affected by the trauma associated with immigration
12:00 – 12:45pm Lunch on your own 
12:45 – 2:25pm Panel of Experts in the field of Immigration
2:25 – 2:30pm Afternoon Break
2:30 – 3:30pm Clinical considerations, techniques, approaches and recommendations for working with documented and undocumented immigrant, individuals, families and communities

Target Audience:  Social Workers, Counselors, and other mental health and substance use professionals. This course is appropriate for intermediate level participants.

Continuing Education Credits: FAMILYConnections, Provider #1252, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. FAMILYConnections maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB ACE Approval Period: 01/10/2017 – 01/10/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 4 social and cultural competency and 1 clinical continuing education clock hours.

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #34 Course #2074 from  9/25/2018 to 9/25/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Social and Cultural Competency 4, Clinical 1.

FAMILYConnections, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6604. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Counselors will receive 5 CE hours.

FAMILYConnections is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign in and sign out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CE credits. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.

Certificates will be awarded to participants after they have signed out at the completion of the course.

Directions & Parking Information: Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 or by email at

Registration: Free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until October 26, 2018. Cancellations must be made by November 2, 2018.

To register, please  click here.

Grievances: Please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances. Please see attached Grievance Policy for more information.


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