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, Ph.D., LCSW 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. In her role as Assistant Professor at NEIU, she serves as the Curriculum Specialist in the area of Human Behavior in the Social Environment and also teaches a course on Social Work Practice with Immigrants and Refugees within the Social Work program. Her teaching, research and practice interests are informed by her work in the field of trauma and refugee mental health over the past decade. Dr. Hilado is also the Founding Manager of RefugeeOne’s Wellness Program, a mental health program for refugees at one of the largest resettlement agencies in Chicago. She developed the program and has remained the Program’s Manager since June 2011, providing oversight of the daily operations, providing direct clinical services, and providing testimony and consultation on both asylum and criminal cases. Additionally, Dr. Hilado has been recognized at national conferences including Zero to Three and the Council on Social Work Education for her practice and research efforts around refugee mental health, early intervention for vulnerable immigrant children and their families, and program evaluation. And she continues to publish in the areas of mental health, trauma, program evaluation and culturally sensitive clinical practice with new immigrant and refugee children and families, including her most recent edited book "Models for Practice with Immigrants and Refugees: Collaboration, Cultural Awareness and Integrative Theory." Moreover, Dr. Hilado is the coordinator of the Mental Health First Responder team as part of the Chicago Is With You (CWY) Task Force, Mental Health and Wellness Subcommittee managing the city-wide effort to train and mobilize mental health providers at to support detainees at O'Hare International Airport, refugee-serving programs, and immigrant communities impacted by the current Administration's policies.

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