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SDPA CE Course Webinar - The Emerging Role of Psychologists in the Immigration Field

  • 09/18/2020
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • zoom


The Emerging Role of Psychologists in the Immigration Field - 1 CE

September 18, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Via Zoom


Immigration has a significant impact on many aspects of life in the United States. According to an analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies, the nation's immigrant population (documented and undocumented) hit a record high of 44.7 million in 2018, and immigrants comprise 14 percent of the nation’s total population. With such high numbers, it is not uncommon for a mental health professional to receive a request to assist an individual involved in some type of immigration proceeding.

This presentation will give a general overview of the different types of immigration cases where mental health professionals might be helpful, introducing our members to this branch of forensic work.

Learning Objectives

1.    List five different immigration statuses
2.    Describe six different types of humanitarian relief for undocumented immigrants
3.    Explain how a mental health professional can be helpful in immigration proceedings
4.    Identify the psycho-legal question underlying each type of case
5.    Demonstrate culturally sensitive approaches to evaluating foreign nationals

Course Level: Introduction

Target Audience:Licensed Psychologists, Graduate Psychology Students and Allied Mental Health Professionals

Conflict of interest or commercial support:

There is no commercial support related to this program and she is not getting paid by your company for this course. There is no conflict of interest related to this program.

Attendance Policy: CE Credit and Certificates will not be issued to those who arrive later than 10 minutes or leave early from any course scheduled time. This policy is highly enforced to ensure compliance with APA Guidelines.
Cancellation Policy:  No refund will be given to any registered individual who is a no-show to a course. Any individual canceling within 72 hours of a course will be charged 50% of the course fee.


American Psychological Association

The San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SDPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

In California, APA approved CE’s are valid for licensed psychologists, licensed school psychologists, LCSW, LMFT, LEP & LPCC licensees. Though APA is a national organization, the out of state licensee should check with their state governing board  to make sure that APA approved CE'’s are valid in their state for their license. 


Mariela G. Shibley, Psy.D.

Dr. Mariela G. Shibley is a clinical and forensic psychologist with a private practice in San Diego, California. She specializes in issues around acculturation, immigration, and trauma and is a leading expert in conducting psychological evaluations for USCIS and Immigration Court. Since 2007, she has conducted and supervised over 2,000 such evaluations and has provided court testimony, training, and education on immigration and mental health. She was a guest speaker at several conferences of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is sought after for her knowledge and expertise in this area.

Dr. Shibley supervises unlicensed mental health professionals who work within her private practice and is a volunteer clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California San Diego. She has attended and presented numerous lectures on topics related to immigration and mental health and taught doctoral level classes at the California School of Forensic Studies, the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, and at Argosy University in San Diego. Dr. Shibley is an active member of the San Diego Psychological Association, where she has served on the Board of Directors for two years and is an active member of the Forensic Committee and the former chairperson of the Ethics Committee.

She has recently developed her own training program for teaching mental health professionals to conduct psychological evaluations for individuals involved in immigration proceedings.

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San Diego, CA 92123

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