Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health 3rd Annual Conference

The Intersection of Practice, Policy and Advocacy: Supporting the Mental Health and Wellness of Immigrant Children and Youth

CIMH logo of a pair of hands holding up a globeFriday, November 8, 2019
8:30 am to 3:30 pm

The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Lobby
969 E 60th Street; Chicago, IL 60637

The Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health (CIMH) invites you to its third annual community convening on November 8, 2019. The Coalition is a collaborative community based and research informed initiative created to provide a venue for immigrants regardless of status and those working with undocumented, refugee and other marginalized immigrant communities to gather, exchange information, resources and experiences.

The focus of this year's gathering will be on the Intersection of practice, policy and advocacy: Supporting the mental health and wellness of immigrant children and youth. Mass migration of families and children due to political and crime-related violence combined with the current sociopolitical context in the United States places immigrants at increased physical and mental health risks. This year's gathering will focus on providing attendees with current information on immigration policies and their impact on the wellbeing of children and youth. The day will start with a panel of keynote speakers, followed by breakout sessions on the intersection of practice, policy and advocacy in educational settings, clinical and Conference Sponsors Logosnonclinical community settings, and in family systems.

In addition, sessions on Mental Health 101 and Policy 101 are included. Light refreshments, lunch and up to 3.5 CE/CEUs will be offered.

This event is open to the public. Please Register.

Registration includes light refreshment and lunch. Validated parking vouchers are available; indicate your interest when registering:

Students Registration: Free
General Registration: $25.00
General Registration with CE/CEUs*: $50.00

*The Professional Development Program at SSA (PDP) is a state of Illinois licensed provider of continuing education for social workers, clinical psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage & family therapists. PDP is a licensed State of Illinois provider of Continuing Education for social workers (LSW/LCSW), clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors (LPC/LCPC). License #s 159.000140, 168.000115, and 268.000004.

Persons in need of accommodation, or for questions about the event, contact events@ssa.uchicago.edu or call 773.702.9700.

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About the Organizers

The CIMH Conference Co-Chairs are Ané Maríñez-Lora, Research Assistant Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Aimee Hilado, Clinical Director, RefugeeOne

To learn more, visit the Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health website

About the Sponsors

This event is hosted and sponsored by The University of Chicago 

School of Social Service Administration
Chicago Center for Youth and Violence Prevention
Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture
Center for Human Potential and Public Policy
Office of Civic Engagement
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
Student Health and Counseling Services

With the help of

The Department of Social Work at DePaul University
The Department of Geography at DePaul University
The Center for Community Health Equity at DePaul University
The Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago
The Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago
The Illinois Refugee Mental Health Task Force


Conference Agenda

8:30 am - Registration and Light Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:10 am - Welcome: CIMH Conference Co-Chairs

Ané Maríñez-Lora, PhD, Research Assistant Professor,
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Aimee Hilado, PhD, LCSW, Clinical Director,
Wellness Program RefugeeOne,
Northeastern Illinois University

9:10 am - 9:30 am - Event Kick-off

Deborah Gorman-Smith, Dean of SSA

Representative from Mayor Lightfoot's Office

9:30 am -10:30 am - Keynote Panel: National and Policy Landscape

Maria Woltjen, J.D., Executive Director and founder, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
Angela Garcia, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
Mony Ruiz Velazco, Esq.; Executive Director, PASO, (West Suburban Action Project) 
Aimee Hilado, Ph.D., LCSW, Clinical Director, RefugeeOne

10:30 am - 11:45 am - Morning Breakout Sessions (concurrent sessions)

1. Mental Health 101 (Main Lobby)

Aimee Hilado, PhD, LCSW, Clinical Director, Wellness Program RefugeeOne,
Northeastern Illinois University

2. Intersection of Practice, Policy, and Advocacy for Children and Youth in Educational Settings

Samina Hadi-Tabassum, EdD, Clinical Associate Professor,
Erikson Institute (0-5 age-range perspective)

Tanya Cabrera, MA, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Inclusion,
University of Illinois at Chicago (Post-secondary perspective)

Luis Narváez, MA, Strategic Project Director, Office of Language and Cultural Education
Chicago Public Schools (K-12 perspective)

3. Intersection of Practice, Policy, and Advocacy in Clinical and Nonclinical pathways for Children and Youth in Community Settings

Nicole St. Jean, PhD., Clinical Director of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Program at Kovler Child Trauma Center,
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Marisa Chumil, MA, LCSW, Deputy Director of Social Work at The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

Dana Rusch, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry,
University of Illinois at Chicago, Director of the Immigrant Family Mental Health Advocacy Program at the Institute for Juvenile Research

Padraic Stanley, MSW, LCSW, Program Coordinator, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Immigrant Health Working Group (Chair), Department of Social Work & Community Health, Rush University Medical Center

4. Intersection of Practice, Policy and Advocacy for Children and Youth in Family Systems                                                                       

Rebecca Ford-Paz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Childhood Resilience,
Lurie Children’s Hospital. Founding co-chair of the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition’s Ad-Hoc Committee for Refugee and Immigrant Children and Trauma

Dana Isawi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Counseling Department
Northern Illinois University

Yovia Xu, MSW, MSW, PhD Candidate in Disability Studies, Department of Disabilities and Human Development,
University of Illinois at Chicago

Hadia Zarzour, MA, LCPC, co- founder of Syrian Community Network

11:45 am - 1:15 pm - Lunch - Poster & Resource Exhibition – Networking

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm - Afternoon Breakout Sessions (concurrent sessions)

1. Immigration Policy 101

Rocío Velásquez Kato, JD, Senior Immigration Policy Analyst,
Latino Policy Forum

Mony Ruiz Velazco, Esq.; Executive Director,
PASO, (West Suburban Action Project) 

Dawnya Underwood, LMSW, 1st Deputy of SAFEty Initiatives, HHCS,
Heartland Alliance

Willis Francis, LCPC, Director of Clinical Services for SAFEty Initiatives,  HHCS,
Heartland Alliance

2. Intersection of Practice, Policy, and Advocacy for Children and Youth in Educational Settings

Samina Hadi-Tabassum, EdD, Clinical Associate Professor,
Erikson Institute (0-5 age-range perspective).

Tanya Cabrera, MA, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Inclusion,
University of Illinois at Chicago (Post-secondary perspective)

Luis Narváez, MA,Strategic Project Director, Office of Language and Cultural Education,
Chicago Public Schools (K-12 perspective)

3. Intersection of Practice, Policy and Advocacy in Clinical and Nonclinical Pathways for Children and Youth in Community settings.

 Nicole St. Jean, PhD., Clinical Director of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Program at Kovler Child Trauma Center, 
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Marisa Chumil, MA, LCSW, Deputy Director of Social Work,
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

Dana Rusch, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry,
University of Illinois at Chicago, Director of the Immigrant Family Mental Health Advocacy Program at the Institute for Juvenile Research

4. Intersection of Practice, Policy and Advocacy for Children and Youth in Family Systems.

Rebecca Ford-Paz, PhD,Assistant Professor, Center for Childhood Resilience,
Lurie Children’s Hospital. Founding co-chair of the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition’s Ad-Hoc Committee for Refugee and Immigrant Children and Trauma.

Dana Isawi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Counseling Department,
Northern Illinois University.

Yovia Xu, MSW, MSW, PhD Candidate in Disability Studies, Department of Disabilities and Human Development,
University of Illinois at Chicago

Hadia Zarzou, MA, LCPC, co- founder of Syrian Community Network (PM)

2:30 pm - Brief Break

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm - Reconvening with Light Refreshments

Crystle Dino, MAAT -- founder of Freedom Movement Alignment, Pinay Chicago native, and folk art therapist -- will lead the conference wrap up by holding a space of empowerment and critical reflection through mind/body awareness.

Brief Table-discussions for participants to process their experiences of the conference as a whole and of the breakout sessions they chose to participate prior to lunch and after lunch.

Conference evaluations and CE/CEUs forms will also be included during this time.