Unaccompanied Child Migrants: Examining the Current Humanitarian Crisis and Implications for Early Childhood Mental Health
Time:10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. CT
Credit Available:1.5 Social Work Continuing Education Units (Credit is available for a fee)
This webinar offers an exploration of the current situation and the mental health implications of the child migrant experience. According to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, an estimated 60,000 unaccompanied child migrants will have arrived at the U.S. border by the end of 2014, a dramatic increase from the 24,668 minors apprehended at the U.S.-Mexican border in 2013. Most of these children come from Central America – mainly, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras – fleeing violence and poor economies while enduring a treacherous journey to reach the border. Learning Objectives:
- Provide an overview of the current unaccompanied minor crisis in the United States, and current discussions and actions taken to address the situation.
- Clarify terminology and key issues related to the unaccompanied minor situation.
- Discuss trauma and early childhood mental health concerns related to this group.
- Examine culturally appropriate methods of intervention when working with trauma-exposed young children and families.