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Cultural Impact Conference 2015

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Cultural Impact Conference 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Downtown Campus)

325 N. Wells, Chicago, IL 60654

and the Merchandise Mart Holiday Inn Mart Plaza

Socio-ecology of Immigration and the

Role of Psychologists

Nearly 73 million people in the U.S. are either foreign-born or native-born with at least one foreign-born parent.  Approximately one in five persons is a first- or second-generation immigrant.  By 2020, one in three children under the age of 18 will be the child of an immigrant (APA, 2012). Behind these numbers, there are remarkably diverse immigrant communities and individuals with unique backgrounds.  Immigrants come to this country for many reasons.  They are also received differently in terms of attitude, prejudice, and access to resources.  Not only immigrants but all participants in the two-way process of acculturation experience its challenges and advantages.

What is the role of psychologists in this complex context? The APA recommends that the field of psychology address the needs of immigrants “across practice, research, education, and policy domains” (APA, 2012). Thus our task is to understand the socio-ecology of immigration and how immigrants contribute to the vitality of communities and our national culture.  This conference will explore the many domains through which psychologists can make a difference.

Themes may include:

  • The psychology of immigrant experience
  • Factors accounting for the diversity of immigrant experience (age, socio-economic status, country of origin, education, motivation, etc.)
  • The impact of trauma on the migration experience
  • Dominant culture’s experience of immigration
  • Impact of immigration on the education of children
  • Impact of immigration on children and families
  • Policy and workplace considerations related to immigration and acculturation
  • Assessment issues:  considerations of culture and language
  • Refugee populations and psychologists’ responsibility
  • Successful interventions in working with immigrant clients and groups
  • Immigrants, psychology, and the legal system
  • Insiders’ perspectives on immigration experience

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