Social Services

Holes in the Safety Net - Legal Immigrants' Access to Health Insurance

Wendy E. Parmet, J.D. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine 2013; 369:596-598August 15, 2013DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1306637

Over 12 million immigrants are lawfully present in the United States, yet face similar barriers as undocumented immigrants face. Legal immigrants can be legal permanent residents (green card holders), refugees, asylum seekers, and others. This article examines the reasons why legal immigrants have such low rates of health insurance, including the sectors they work in as well as linguistic and cultural barriers.

Introduction to Tactical Mapping: A Tool for Expanding Relationships and Resources

Webinar Description

This webinar introduces the process of tactical mapping and highlights examples of how a tactical map tool can be utilized in community engagement projects and for organizational and client issues.  This tool will allow users to explore potential resources and identify areas for tactical intervention.  During this training, you will learn how an organization's leadership can use tactical mapping for advocacy and outreach efforts, and how torture treatment clinicians can engage clients in building their own tactical map to identify human relationship resources.

Strengthening Case Management: Case Management and the Suicidal Client

This webinar is designed for case managers who work with clients who have attempted suicide or expressed suicidal ideation. While mental health staff are responsible for the evaluation and treatment of suicidal clients, survivors may also reach out to case managers for help during times of crisis.  For this reason, case managers should also be prepared to identify risk factors, protective factors, and become familiar with basic suicide intervention skills.

Full Disclosure: Out of pocket costs as side effects

This article, in the New England Journal of Medicine, offers a useful perspective related to the costs of medical treatments, especially for patients that have limited income, as many torture survivors do after arriving in the U.S.  Many torture survivors arrive in the U.S. with injuries they incurred during torture and were unable to obtain medical care for in their home countries.  Most torture survivors who are seeking asylum in the U.S. are not eligible for health insurance as they go through the asylum process in an attempt to obtain legal immigration status and safety.

Challenges in the U.S. Asylum System Impacting Survivors of Torture

Description

This webinar is an opportunity for staff of torture treatment programs to review current issues in U.S. asylum law and how those challenges impact healing for survivors of torture.  During this update on asylum law & trends for service providers working with torture survivors we focus on credible fear interviews and asylum presentations especially on the Southern border, including what happens to clients in the process, where they go after entry, and differences between those claims and affirmative cases.

Strengthening Case Management: Containment with Clients

The third in a 3-part series on Strengthening Case Management, this webinar is intended for case managers (CMs) who work with clients that are unable to control their emotions during stressful situations. To begin, participants review the relationship between emotion, stress, and the brain. Participants then learn three containment strategies appropriate for CMs to use with emotionally unstable clients. This webinar focuses on best practices for CMs to use during client eligibility screenings.

Objectives

1)     Discuss emotional dysregulation  
2)    Understand the following terms: window of

Strengthening Case Management: Introducing Narrative Concepts

The second in a proposed 3-part series by Joan Hodges on strengthening case management, this webinar presents narrative therapy as a potential approach for case managers (CMs) to apply when working with torture survivors.  Using narrative concepts, case managers can use therapeutic questioning to help clients recognize and reflect on their current problems and to empower clients to reexamine and reframe their lives. Please note this webinar does not qualify anyone to do narrative therapy

Objectives

  • To gain a basic understanding narrative therapy
  • To discuss the potential for narrative theory

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