Understanding Immigrants' Traumatic Experiences- October 30, 2018 at 10:00...

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Family Intervention Services

20 Vanderhoof Avenue


Rockaway, NJ 07866

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Family Intervention Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of training to meet the needs of human service professionals throughout New Jersey. Our trainings are provided by specialists working in the field with years of direct service experience and training expertise.

**The workshop below is held at our training facility in Denville, New Jersey. Workshops can also be scheduled at your organization for the convenience of your staff.



Trainer: Natalie Contreras, MA, LPC, ACS

October 30th, 2018 10 am – 4 pm Denville, NJ

Target audience is social workers and counselors of all skill and developmental levels.

Immigrants experience many traumatic events on their journey to arrive in the United States. Once here, they endure stress related to acculturation, discrimination, employment, legal status and potential deportation, language acquisition, and separation from family and community of origin. Immigrants also suffer losses of family, friends, professional status, language, culture, and sense of belonging. This workshop reviews the immigration process and the traumas immigrants often experience, while providing a trauma-focused lens on working with this population. Current issues such as family separation and reattachment will be discussed.

5 Social and Cultural Competence CEHs


10:00am Sign in of Registered Participants

Introductions, Overview, Large Group Exercise

10:15am Self-Care for the Professional


10:30am De Nadie Video Clip Part 1

10:45am Large Group Activity – Video Processing

11:00am Small Group Activity – Identify Methods Utilized in Visualization

Predicted Immigration Process and Coping Skills

11:15am The Immigration Process

Stages of Migration

Applying Migration Theory to Practice

Benefits of the Stages of Migration

Immigration Issues


11:30am De Nadie Video Clip Part 2

11:45am Large Group Activity – Video Discussion

12:00pm The Immigration Process

Core Stressors

Concept of Trauma


12:10pm Small Group Activity – The Little T’s

12:30pm LUNCH

1:30pm Large Group Activity - Grounding

1:45pm Traumatic Experiences

Mental Health


Return to County of Origin

Immigration Experiences

Process of Family Reunification

Attachment/Reattachment Issues

Parental Role Conflicts


2:05pm Small Group Activity - Case Vignette

2:15pm De Nadie Video Clip Part 7

2:30pm Large Group Activity – Video Discussion

2:45pm Trauma Informed Practice – Building Resiliency and Healing

Components of Trauma-Informed Practice with Immigrant Families



3:00pm Small Group Activity – Processing Trauma-Informed Principles

3:15pm Building Resiliency

Protective Factors

Trauma-Informed Practice in Real Life

Recognizing Limits of Your Competence

Lecture, Large Group Discussion

3:30pm Small Group Activity – Take Away

3:45pm Questions, Wrap Up, Evaluations


Natalie Contreras, MA, LPC, ACS

Natalie has extensive experience working with high-risk children and their families in agency and private practice settings.

She possesses expertise in cultural competence, crisis intervention and clinical supervision. Natalie provides training

through Rutgers University’s Continuing Education Program, and has taught university graduate level courses.

Continental Breakfast served for all trainings

  • Including coffee, tea and bagels.


  • On your own or feel free to bring lunch with you. Microwave is available for participants’ use.


COURSE FEE: Fee is $100.00. A training discount of $95.00 is available for 3 or more registrants from the same organization.

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellation of registration and refund of tuition must be requested by the Friday of the week preceding the date of training. Persons not canceling paid registration by this date are ineligible for a refund, but may move their registration to a training held at a later date.


Family Intervention Services, Inc. maintains responsibility for all programs.

  • Understanding Immigrants’ Traumatic Experiences Using a Trauma-Informed Lens: This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #25 Course #1876 from 5/16/2018 – 5/16/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Social and Cultural Competence 5.

*Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.


Family Intervention Services, Inc. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. FIS (ACEP #6325) is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Family Intervention Services, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6325. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Family Intervention Services, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

  • Understanding Immigrants’ Traumatic Experiences Using a Trauma-Informed Lens: Counselors participating in this course will receive 5 Social and Cultural Competence continuing education clock hours.

CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS AWARDING OF CERTIFICATES: Participants must attend 100% of all scheduled hours and complete an evaluation form at the end of each training day in order to receive course credits. Participants successfully completing a course will receive a Certificate of Completion upon conclusion of the course.

TRAINING SITE: Morris County: 20 Vanderhoof Avenue, Denville, NJ 07066

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE: FIS welcomes feedback from all participants and encourages the prompt resolution of grievances in a professional and timely manner. FIS seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Grievances regarding a particular training event should be directed to the training instructor. If unresolved, participant will be contacted by the FIS Director of Staff Development & Clinical Services. All grievances are kept confidential and all persons are treated with respect and kindness as the parties involved work to resolve the grievance. If the grievance remains unresolved, it will be directed to the FIS President/CEO to resolve. Social workers not pleased with a grievance resolution provided by Family Intervention Services, Inc. may appeal to the approving entity or their jurisdictional board.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE DIFFERENTLY ABLED: FIS training facilities are handicap accessible and other accommodations will be made available upon request. For questions or special accommodations contact Susan Sterling, FIS Director of Staff Development & Clinical Services, at (973) 586-5243 or ssterling@fisnj.org.

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