Coaching Clients through the Acculturation Process
The continuing public debate on immigration too often obscures the traumatic losses immigrants experience when they move here—loss of family, friends, professional status, language, culture, and sense of belonging. In this workshop, we’ll deepen our understanding of the stresses and hardships inherent in the immigration journey, and discuss ways that therapists can connect with immigrants, convey respect and encouragement, and coach them in self-empowerment. You’ll learn how to:
- Identify with the experience of being a cultural outsider and use it as a way to better connect with immigrant clients
- Help them mourn their losses and appreciate their resilience, endurance, and courage
- Explore the conflicts between immigrants (who often concentrate solely on survival) and their children (whose struggles with identity and heightened expectations can provoke anxiety, depression, and self-doubt)
Note: This workshop fulfills many state-board requirements for training in cultural competency.
Priska Imberti, LCSW-R, BCC, is a bilingual and bicultural family therapist. She’s the founder and director of CRECER, Inc., a psychotherapy center that provides comprehensive psychotherapy and psychoeducational services to the community, focusing on immigrant issues.