J. Manuel Casas of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School will be one of the featured speakers as part of the live webinar “Supporting the Mental Health of Undocumented and Immigrant Students: What Clinicians Need to Know” on Monday, April 24 from 11:30 am – 1 pm. The event is sponsored by the University of California Office of the President and the Office of Student Development & Engagement. Registration is free but space is limited; register online.
Many college campuses are experiencing an influx in undocumented and immigrant students presenting for counseling under significant distress related to the recent immigration policy changes and subsequent attacks on immigrant communities. During this time, it is imperative that mental health clinicians and administrators have access to resources and best practices in culturally responsive care around these issues. The presenters invite all university mental health clinicians, case managers, social workers, administrators, and relevant support staff to attend this special live webinar led by UC’s Vice President of Student Affairs, Robin Holmes-Sullivan, PhD.
Dr. Casas will give the talk “Beyond Diagnoses & Treatment Plans: Utilizing a Social Justice Approach to Supporting Undocumented Students and their Families.”
J. Manuel Casas received his doctorate from Stanford University in counseling psychology. He is professor emeritus in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara. Casas has published extensively (over 150 publications), and he is the coauthor of the Handbook of Racial/Ethnic Minority Counseling Research and one of the editors of the four editions of the Handbook of Multicultural Counseling. His recent endeavors focus on the psychological impact of immigration on Latino families. Casas was honored as a distinguished scholar in the field of Chicana/o psychology by the Julian Samora Research Institute. He has also been honored as a fellow of APA Divisions 17 and 45 and the Rockefeller Foundation. He has received the California Association of School Psychologists’ Research Award, the Distinguished Contributions to Latino Psychology Award, and the 2010 Elder Recognition Award for Distinguished Contributions to Counseling Psychology, as well as the National Multicultural Conference and Summit’s Distinguished Elders Award.