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Webinar 2019-11-14
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Webinar 2019-11-14

This didactic session will provide an overview of the lived experiences and mental health needs of [Un]documented and [Un]accompanied children residing in the United States. Attendees will become familiar with the needs of this vulnerable and targeted population, while identifying their assumptions and assessing their level of competence. Attendees will learn clinical interventions and best practices for meeting the needs of this growing population.

11/14/2019
When: Thursday, November 14, 2019
2:00-3:00 PM EST
Where: Online
Contact: Webinar Coordinator

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Acompañando [Un]documented and [Un]accompanied Children and Adolescents

Ana Guadalupe Reyes, M.A., LPC, NCC
Mónica Rodríguez, M.A., NCC, LPC Intern
Mariela Nuñez-Janes, Ph.D.

Thursday, November 14, 2019
2:00-3:00 PM EST

Registration for the live webinar is now closed. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, you may access the recorded webinar for an NBCC-approved clock hour as well; it will be posted on the Recorded Webinars page within 72 hours after the live event.

This didactic session will provide an overview of the lived experiences and mental health needs of [Un]documented and [Un]accompanied children residing in the United States. Presenters will discuss the crisis in Southern border states resulting in the mass separation of children and adolescents from their families. Attendees will become familiar with the needs of this vulnerable and targeted population, while identifying their assumptions and assessing their level of competence. Attendees will learn clinical interventions and best practices for meeting the needs of this growing population. Presenters will also provide a list of resources centralizing advocacy and social justice efforts.

Learning Objectives:

1. Attendees will be able to identify three trauma responses in children and adolescents.
2. Attendees will learn current immigration policies that affect counselors’ work with children and adolescents.
3. Attendees will learn two acompañamiento principles they can integrate into their clinical practice.
4. Attendees will be able to list two resources for [Un]documented and [Un]accompanied children and adolescents, including their families.


Ana Guadalupe Reyes, M.A., LPC, NCC, is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas. Ana has vast experience working with underrepresented and never-served communities, particularly communities of color, immigrants, refugees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) individuals. Ana intentionally integrates holistic approaches into their clinical practice to accompany clients through their healing process. As an engaged activist and scholar, Ana actively participates in educate the educator workshops, community forums about immigration, and advocacy efforts in support of the immigrant community.


Mónica Rodríguez, M.A., NCC, LPC Intern is a doctoral student at the University of North Texas where she specializes in counseling, advocacy, and social justice for underrepresented populations, specifically the Spanish-speaking Latinx and immigrant community. The goal of her research, clinical practice and work as a doctoral student is to help amplify the voices of individuals, families, students, and communities that live in the margins of society while highlighting the stigma and barriers these populations face when seeking mental health services. Mónica dedicates herself to advocacy and activist practices, while bridging the gap between counselors and clients through open dialogue and trust in the therapeutic relationship.


Mariela Nuñez-Janes, Ph.D. is a Full Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Texas. Dr. Nuñez-Janes’ applied scholarship in the area of immigrant education emphasizes the survival strategies of [un]documented Latinx students as they learn and unlearn the stigma of illegality. She examines the transition to higher education and the organizing practiced of [un]documented activists to theorize youth efforts as pedagogies of acompañamiento/accompaniment. As an engaged scholar, Dr. Nuñez-Janes has participated in educate the educator workshops, community forums about immigration, and advocacy efforts in support of immigrant students and families.

CSI Webinars are free to active members and $39 for guests.

If you are unable to attend the live webinar, you may access the recorded webinar for an NBCC-approved clock hour as well; it will be posted on the Recorded Webinars page within 72 hours after the live event.

Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International (CSI) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2057. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CSI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Views expressed by presenters and participants during the webinars and in webinar PowerPoints and other handouts do not necessarily represent the views of Chi Sigma Iota International.

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