California Society for Clinical Social Work

Professional Development | Advocacy | Connection

(LA) Working with Undocumented Individuals in the Era of Trump

  • Saturday, March 07, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • 1110 S. Shenandoah St. Rec Room Los Angeles, CA 90035


  • FREE


Sandra Espinoza, PsyD

Undocumented immigrants living in the United States are victims to a host of risk factors that not only threaten their presence in this country but their individual and family well-being. Recent racist rhetoric around undocumented immigrants has brought large attention towards policy making that impacts the lives of families living under the threat of deportation. These families are placed in vulnerable positions, as they are not only at risk of being separated by the immigration system, but also face racial discrimination on micro and macro levels. This culture of perceived social inequality acts as a stressor for these undocumented families (Cobb et al., 2017). There is a gap in the literature regarding how racial discrimination and perceived social identity impact the mental health of undocumented individuals. This presentation aims to facilitate a new discourse within the field of therapy regarding the role of racism and discrimination as a contributor to the distress in undocumented families. It also aims to provide therapists with a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding the experiences of undocumented immigrants as well as a set of tools to use when working with this population.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Understand and explain the unique challenges that undocumented individuals face in the United States.
  • Conceptualize treatment for undocumented clients.
  • Learn self of therapist strategies in order to reflect on their own biases and stereotypes towards this group and deliver culturally sensitive treatment.

Dr. Sandra Espinoza received her B.A. in Psychology at California State University, Fullerton. She received her master's degree in Couple and Family Therapy at Alliant International University, Irvine and doctorate of psychology degree in Couple and Family Therapy from Alliant International University, Los Angeles. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist as well as an Assistant Professor and the Program Director for the Los Angeles Campus' CFT program at Alliant University. A strong advocate for immigration reform and human rights, her research has centered around how to best address the mental health needs of Latinx immigrants impacted by deportation. Dr. Espinoza has spent most of her clinical career treating undocumented individuals and families at the community mental health level. She provides therapy in Spanish as well as supervision. Dr. Espinoza has a private practice in Los Angeles where she sees Latinx individuals and interracial couples. Her research and experience has been presented at the local, state and national level. Dr. Espinoza is an active member of AAMFT and is a AAMFT approved supervisor.


Meetings begin with a half hour of mingling, networking, and community building, followed by our program. 

Parking: In addition to street parking, two kosher markets, Glatt Mart and Elat, have given permission to use their parking spaces, behind their stores on Saturdays. They are both located on Pico Blvd, between Wooster and Shenandoah Streets. If you park in their lots, (on the South side of Pico) cross to the North side of Pico, and walk one long block north on Shenandoah St. to 1110 S. Shenandoah.


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This course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.

Attendance and Registration Policies  

  • Non-members of CSCSW will be charged: $10 admission
  • For CEU’s there will be an additional charge of: $10 per CEU ($15 for 1.5 CEU’s; $20 for 2 CEU’s)
  • CSCSW Members and students will continue to attend and receive CEUs for free

Cancellation Policy

  • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
  • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
  • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

CSCSW | P.O. Box 60937, Palo Alto, CA 94306 | 310-254-9471 |

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