Understanding Migration Trauma in Families with Babies and Young Children

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Date(s) - March 22
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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With Carmen Rosa Noroña, LCSW, MS.Ed, CEIS
Joaniko Kohchi, MPhil, LCSW, IMH-E® (IV-C)

About the Program

Families migrating to the United States have come for centuries seeking a new, safe life for their children. In recent times, and thanks to the enforcement of harsh immigration enforcement practices, the hope for asylum and safety has been shattered at the border as parents were taken into custody and children were entrusted to large agencies spread across the country. The plight of these separated children has touched the nation’s heart, and challenged human service systems to understand how to meet the needs of the bereft and grieving family members, both the children and their parents. Subsequent changes to policy, such as the expiration of Temporary Protective Status (TPS), worsen the outlook for families struggling to make a safe and stable life. This presentation will provide an overview of immigration enforcement policy changes, analyze immigration as a psychosocial event, consider the socio-political and historical context of migration, the needs of babies and young migrant children, the short- and long-term impact of traumatic events–including forcible separation or threats of fragmentation–on children’s and families’ well being and development. We will discuss therapeutic interventions to promote healing, and factors that influence developing resiliency. Attention will also be given to the impact that this work can have on providers, not only regarding secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue, but also regarding reactions to violations of the social contract.

Through didactic presentation, case-based material and reflections on their own practice and experience, participants will:

  1. Increase their knowledge about current immigration policy changes that affect families staying together.
  2. Increase their understanding of factors that cause families with young children to leave their home countries.
  3. Describe what immigration trauma is and what causes it.
  4. Identify the long- and short-term effects of immigration enforcement policies on very young children and their families.
  5. Learn about developmentally and diversity-informed therapeutic ways to serve immigrant children and families and explore implementation based on provider’s realm of practice.
  6. Explore values, perceptions and possible biases about working particularly with undocumented children and families.
  7. Increase awareness about the impact of the work (secondary traumatic stress, vicarious traumatization) and explore strategies to address it.

The workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive at 8:30 a.m. to register.

About the Instructors

Carmen Rosa Noroña, LCSW, MS. Ed., CEIS is from Ecuador where she trained and practiced as a clinical psychologist. For over 25 years, Carmen Rosa has provided clinical services to young children and their families in a variety of settings including early intervention, home-based and outpatient programs. She currently is the Child Trauma Clinical Services and Training Lead at Child Witness to Violence Project and is the Associate Director of the Boston Site Early Trauma Treatment Network at Boston Medical Center. She is a Child-Parent Psychotherapy National Trainer, a member of the DC:0-5 certified faculty, and one of the developers of the Harris Professional Development Network Diversity-Informed Tenets for Infants, Children, and Families Initiative. Her practice and research interests include the impact of trauma on attachment; the intersection of culture, immigration, and trauma; diversity-informed reflective supervision and consultation; and on the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices in real world settings. She is a co-chair of the Culture Consortium of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and has adapted and translated materials for Spanish-speaking families affected by trauma. Carmen Rosa has also contributed to the literature in infant and early childhood mental health and diversity.

Joaniko Kohchi, MPhil, LCSW, IMH-E® (IV-C), is a NYS-AIMH Endorsed Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor and the director of the Institute for Parenting at Adelphi University, overseeing a clinic, multiple community initiatives, a degree program, and post-graduate certificate programs. With both clinical and training experience spanning several regions of the United States, Joaniko’s practice focuses on children, families, and adults who have survived traumatic events, often leading to out-of-home care and court involvement. She has long experience implementing and co-training Child-Parent Psychotherapy, has worked in early care and educational settings, as well as in PK-12 schools for students with typical and atypical development, providing direct service to children and families, consultation to staff, and supervision to students and professionals at all levels. Joaniko has enjoyed appointments as clinical and research faculty, and her experience encompasses home visiting as well as hospital, clinic, community, court, and school-based intervention. She is Co-President of the New York Zero-to-Three Network and is an original member of the Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee.


Early registration deadline is by February 22, 2019.

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Adelphi University is committed to providing an environment which is responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities including students, faculty, administrators, staff and the larger community. The institution is equally supportive of full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Committee on Individuals with Disabilities (CID) pledges continued active support in achieving universal access and ensuring that academic programs, facilities, and activities are made available to all students, employees and visitors with disabilities.

Accommodations will be made to support learners with special needs to participate in the training/workshop. Please contact the Institute for Parenting Coordinator at 516.237.8513 to request such accommodations.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., in order to receive continuing education credits.

There is no accommodation in the State Regulation for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events.

If there are any changes in State Regulation, this policy will be updated accordingly.

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social work (6 hours)
  • LMHC (6 hours)
  • LMFT (6 hours)
  • CASAC Renewal (5.5 hours)
  • Psychology (At school discretion – 6 hours)
  • Education (At school discretion – 6 hours)

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

All registered participants will be notified via email if there is a training/workshop cancellation. Registered participants will be offered a full refund or registration in another offered training/workshop.

Organizational NYS-AIMH Members

We welcome all organizations that share our mission of supporting the mental health of young children.

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