Traumatized Children: Forced Separation of Immigrant Families

Traumatized Children: Forced Separation of Immigrant Families

Join us for a Live Webinar on October 28, 2021 from 1-3 pm EST
2 CE Credits available for behavioral health clinicians

This 2- hour webinar discusses the attachment disorders that result from the trauma of enforced family separation.  As the number of immigrants has grown exponentially and the separation of immigrant children from their families has expanded with the increase in immigration, many policies have led to attachment disorders in children who are separated from their families.

There will be a summary of the different forms of attachment disorders in general in children and the forms of treatment for addressing these disorders. A case study of a separated child and mother will be presented.

There will be a section on the ethics of treatment for separated children and the legislative policies which may have contributed to the attachment disorders.

This webinar is a good opportunity to learn the basics of identifying and treating attachment disorders in immigrant children.


Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the importance of child-parent bonding through early childhood
  • Identify the problems of disordered attachment that occur when children are separated from parents in childhood
  • Describe the treatment methods that can help resolve the trauma of disordered attachment
  • Explain how legislative policies contribute to attachment disorders
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Laura Groshong

Laura Groshong, LICSW, has been in clinical practice for the past 43 years.  She was also a Registered Lobbyist in Washington for five mental health organizations for 25 years.  She has been the Director of Policy and Practice for the Clinical Social Work Association nationally since 2006 and, through the Mental Health Liaison Group, worked on passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act of 2008, the Affordable Care Act, and many other pieces of legislation that support and benefit LCSWs.  Laura, a dynamic and engaging speaker, has written and lectured extensively on clinical and legislative issues around the country.