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Statelessness & Mental Health


Nationality is a fundamental human right. To be deprived of citizenship touches almost all aspects of daily life and leaves those who experience statelessness in a limbo that impacts their sense of identity, family, and basic safety. This training will provide essential information about statelessness and the experience of stateless people living in the US. It will introduce core mental health theories, such as systemic trauma, ambiguous loss and socioecological models of wellbeing to understand the experience of stateless people. The training will also touch on community and peer support networks, and highlight the resilience of the stateless community in the US. The goal of this training is to prepare mental health providers with the information and background necessary to understand how to begin working with stateless individuals and families.

The two-part training will feature information presented by Karina Ambartsoumian-Clough, executive

director of United Stateless, and Leora Hudak and Amy Kamel of the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT),

who have led resilience and psychosocial support activities with the stateless community since 2020. Part 1 of the training will focus on important background information on statelessness in the US, core mental health theories, and practical information about statelessness and access to benefits/services. Part 2 will focus on applied case presentations and group-based consultation. Participants will be invited to register for a database of providers willing and able to work with stateless individuals in their practice settings.


Please note this is a two-part training series. We ask that you attend both sessions.

Part 1: November 10, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm CST

Part 2: November 17, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm CST

Registration link

To register, please use the following link:


This training is best suited for mental health services providers with prior experience working with

immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Participants must already know the basics of immigration processes, such as the difference between a refugee/asylum seeker and the basics of affirmative and defensive asylum processes. The level of training content is most appropriate for independently licensed practitioners with knowledge of trauma and loss theory, although practitioners of all levels are welcome to register.

Continuing Education

4 CEUs will be offered for this training. You must be present for both parts of the training to receive CEUs. CVT is a continuing education provider for social work in the state of Minnesota. CVT will gladly provide a certificate of CEUs to any participant regardless of location to present to your state board of social work for approval. Please include licensure information and contact information in your registration to receive a post-test and CEU certificate.


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