Unaccompanied Child Migrants: Examining the Current Humanitarian Crisis and Implications for Early Childhood Mental Health

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Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Course #: WEB110

Time: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. CT

Location: WEBINAR

Cost: Free!

Credit Available: 1.5 Social Work Continuing Education Units (Credit is available for a fee)


HiladoThis 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.

Auditing this webinar is FREE! 

If you require professional development credit, Erikson can provide it for a fee. Please contact Matthew Zaradich for more information at [email protected]


Aimee Hilado, Ph.D., LCSW

Aimee Hilado, PhD, LCSW, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Northeastern Illinois University and the Founding Manager of RefugeeOne’s Wellness Program, a mental health program serving refugee children and adults in one of the largest resettlement agencies in Chicago. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a PhD in Social Work with Distinction from Loyola University Chicago and a M.S. in Applied Child Development from Erikson Institute. Her teaching, research and practice interests are in the area of mental health, trauma, and culturally sensitive practice with new immigrants and refugees, informed by her work with refugees over the past nine years.

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