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If you registered for the webinar, you should have received an email with a link to the Zoom webinar and instructions.  Please email for troubleshooting or any problems logging on to the training. 

Dear Rise N Learn Participants,

Riveredge Hospital and the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township are committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. To comply with social distancing, we have transitioned our April workshop to a virtual format, utilizing the Zoom platform. Additionally, we are waiving our $10 administrative fee for this training as a gesture of support for our community during this time of uncertainty.

The registration process remains the same. You will receive a link to the Zoom webinar and instructions at the time of registration. Thank you for your continued support of our monthly trainings. We look forward to connecting virtually.

Registration Fee:  There is no registration fee.  Registration is limited to the first 90 registrants.

Time:  9:00am - 11:00am

Format:  You will receive a link to the Zoom webinar and instructions after registration. The email will come from so please be sure to add this email address to your safe/white list or check your Junk/Spam folder if you cannot find the email in your inbox after registration.


  • Lizette Solis-Cortes, Ph.D., Director of Residential Services, Riveredge Hospital


Several initiatives have taken place attempting to address undocumented migration into the United States. Most recently, President Trump’s administration has signed executive orders to expand the detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants and call for the construction of a higher and more extensive border wall between the United States and Mexico under the premise that illegal migration is dangerous and has increased crime in the United States (White House, 2017).

Current U.S. immigration policies have long-standing impact on immigrants and their families as they make efforts to settle and adapt in the United States. In my research, the factors driving migration have been described as components of the adjustment experience (Solis-Cortes, 2018). For example, the women described the systemic issues pushing them to leave Mexico, including the lack of government support and extreme poverty, consistent with previous reports from UNHCR (2015, 2017). The women were pulled to the United States through perceived opportunities to secure the future of their families, and social support networks that create transnational communities. These transnational networks are instrumental in the migration process as the access to technology (i.e., cell phones, text messaging, social media) and globalism (i.e., remittances, social networks) provide an avenue for creating an acculturation strategy that transcends borders and resilience processes that include convergence of individual, familial, and social support and resources harvested in both countries (Sam & Berry, 2006; Solis-Cortes, 2018).

For service providers, recommendations include supporting a fair and inclusive legalization program that can provide access to legal services, takes into consideration strong family/community ties in the United States, and considers human rights equities (Human Rights Watch, 2017). In turn, U.S. immigration policies benefit from a national infrastructure supporting integration through top-down, across public and private sectors, and grassroots community partnerships (De Graauw & Bloemraad, 2017; Wessell & Dawes, 2007).

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze macro to micro-level systemic factors driving migration.
  • Identify dual acculturation process strategies and resilience processes.
  • Integrate strengths-based approaches with immigrant women in mental health practice/treatment and advocacy.
  • Develop and increase competencies in diversity and inclusion.

Continuing Education Credits:

2.0 CEU’s are available for LCSW, LCPC, LSW and LPC  

Following the event, attendees will receive an email with a link to the online evaluation to complete.  Once the evaluation response window closes, CEU certificates will be emailed.  This process takes approximately 14 days following the event.

This training is provided by the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township and Riveredge Hospital.