Working with Immigrant and Mixed-Status People in the US: Practicing Sociocultural Attunement in Challenging Contexts

04/13/2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Grade levels:
All Grade Levels, Professional Development, Higher ed
Content areas:
All Content Areas, Culturally Responsive Teaching
Topics:
Immigrants, Sociocultural Attunement, Mixed-Status
District/Organization:
Lewis and Clark Graduate School

How have historical events and current policies affected immigrants in the US? What are some of the complexities of living in the United States as an immigrant and having underdocumented and mixed legal status?

What are the sociocultural, structural, systemic, and personal factors that serve as barriers that may hinder your ability to be culturally responsive in your professional practice? What are assets that might help to facilitate it? How can you be an ally, advocate and agent of change for immigrant and mix-status individuals and families?

The aim of this workshop is to help practitioners examine the challenges and rewards of working with mixed-documented immigrants in the United States, while being informed and maintaining sensitivity toward diverse worldviews and goals.

Through lecture, video, small and large group discussion and experiential exercises, participants will:

Review historical and current policies that effect mixed-status individuals and their families
Learn the tenets of socioculturally attuned and culturally responsive practice
Creatively examine and challenge barriers and assets that support equitable and justice practices, and,
Review complex cases and explore ways to apply the tenets of socioculturally attuned practice in your unique setting.

Following this workshop, participants will be able to answer the following questions:

How have historical events and current policies affected immigrants in the US?
What are some of the complexities of living in the US as an immigrant and having underdocumented and mixed legal status?
What are at least 5 research findings regarding risk and resilience of immigrant, transnational, and mix-status children and families living in the US?
What are the tenets of socioculturally attuned and responsive practice?
What are some of realities and lived experiences of mix-status families and how can you apply socioculturally attuned “intervention” to your specific practice (i.e. family therapy, counseling, teaching, social work, case management, etc.)?
What are the sociocultural, structural, systemic, and personal factors that serve as barriers, as well as assets that facilitate your ability to be culturally responsive in your practice?
What knowledge and experiences do you as a participant want to share with others that would be useful to them?
How can you be an ally, advocate and agent of change for immigrant and mix-status individuals and families?