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LACPA - Regarding Family Separation

Tuesday, June 26, 2018  
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Original Posting on LACPA's Listserv 6/23/18

 

Colleagues,

Thursday night, in response to recent events, your LACPA Board of Directors passed a motion which adopts and endorses the APA's June 14 letter and June 20 statement which oppose the separation of immigrant children at the border. These statements may be viewed here

http://www.apa.org/advocacy/immigration/separating-families-letter.pdf

and here

https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2018/06/family-separation-policy.aspx

 

As an association - and in our public role as psychologists - we focused on the bio-psycho-social impacts of separation and the treatment of same.  As private citizens - and outside of the association - we can exercise our rights as citizens to speak out and/or organize on this issue if we seek to do so.

 

CPA's Board echoed these sentiments as well in a recent statement.  In addition, CPA shared the following important information:

 

The CPA Immigration Task Force has created a set of recommendations for mental health professionals who wish to work with immigrant families and a provider locator tool that identifies California psychologists who have experience working with immigrant clients and are willing to provide low to no-fee services. To use this locator service, start here, then under "Specialty Areas," search for "Immigration Psychotherapy" and/or "Immigration Psych Assessment." Sliding scale and pro-bono options can be found under "Accepts Insurance.”  If you are a CPA member and have this expertise please consider listing yourself in the locator service as a means of making your services available to those who need them.

 

David J. Laramie, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist - PSY 22266

LACPA Local Advocacy Network Chair

 

Added 6/28/18

 

 
 [DIV42] Update on detained children separated from their families 
 
Dear all,
 
Thank you for your concern and responsiveness to help detained children and their families.  Your willingness to volunteer is much appreciated.
 
I have been in contact with Professor Wendi Warren Binford, who is working to support the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law.  They are overwhelmed by the hundreds of people who have reached out to volunteer to help interview detained immigrant children and families. They did not expect such an outpouring of help from all specialties and have received more than 5000 emails in the past 72 hours.  They need to be able to sort through the emails, as they will be looking for people with specific skills and backgrounds.
 
Professor Binford has requested to please dial back the emails, as they are on overload.  They will be working with specialized groups and we anticipate that the Refugee Mental Health Resource Network and Database will be one of them and we will provide access to our database.  As some may be aware, the Network database had begun to be designed in 2016, as it was anticipated that it would provide specialized support for initial asylum evaluations and also ongoing support of various kinds in a helpful organized manner to be able to locate the needed skills.  We then received a CODAPAR grant from APA to get the project off the ground along with cosponsors from Divisions 35, 52, and 55.  We have also organized 8 training webinars with more to come. Since then the list of collaborating Divisions and organizations has expanded   We have been inviting those interested in volunteering to work with refugees, immigrants and IDPs to participate in the database. 
 
A database of volunteers with identified skills is useful, as opposed to looking through hundreds of individual emails when needs arise. Therefore, if you are interested in volunteering and participating in the database, please complete the questionnaire.  This will be useful in the current escalation of needs for volunteers, as well as in the future as we anticipate that needs to support refugees, immigrants and IDPs will continue for many years.  
 
Please go www.refugeementalhealthnet.org to participate in the database and click on the volunteer tab or email RefMHResNetwk2@optimum.net
 
The current needs are nationwide, as not all of the children and families will be seen in Texas
 
Please pass this information along to the various listservs on which you have seen a call for help posted.
 
Thanks so much,
 
Elizabeth Carll, PhD
Chair, Refugee Mental Health Resource Network,
An APA Interdivisional Project;
2017 President, APA Division of Trauma Psychology;
Tel: 631-754-2424
 
ecarll@optonline.net

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