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Course Details
Title: Immigration Law and Social Work Practice       Register Now
Instructor(s): Lora Pierce MS; Eliana Kaimowitz JD; Yali Lincroft MBA; Ken Borelli MSW, ACSW       View Instructor Bio
Hour/CEUs: 2
Format: Mixed-media 1 - Read online content and access web-based video clips and instructional material.
Process: Register and pay for course. Read online content and access web-based video clips and material. Pass online posttest and print certificate of completion. Access course for two years from date of registration.
Course Fee: NASW member: $0.00    Nonmember: $0.00
Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to assist social workers and mental health practitioners nationwide to gain a better understanding of U.S. immigration law and its enforcement impact individuals, families, communities, and the nation as a whole. As part of the course, readers will watch a Frontline film titled Lost in Detention (53-min), as well as a short video clip highlighting key points found in the Applied Research Center (ARC) Report Shattered Families: The Perilous Intersection of Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System (4-min). Readers will also become familiar with how immigration law impacts social work practice and explore NASW policies and standards that pertain to immigration. This course does not meet California LCSW/LMFT law and ethics requirement.

Course Outline: View Course Outline
Target Audience:

This introductory level course is designed for mental health practitioners and social workers nationwide who want a deeper understanding of immigration law and its impact on families and communities.

CE Approval: The NASW-CA Online Program is an approved continuing education (CE) provider through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers. For details, visit
*Registrants are responsible for ensuring courses meet their state’s CE requirements.
Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, readers will be able to identify the following:

    1. The basic structure of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and current immigration practices.

    1. The primary immigration categories and how individuals acquire lawful immigration status.

    1. The impact of immigration deportation fears on immigrant communities and social work practice.

    1. NASW policies, ethical standards, and practice standards related to immigration.

    1. A variety of resources pertinent to social work practice and immigrant communities.


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