Loss of families, friends, vocational and professional status, language, culture, and sense of belonging. In this workshop, we’ll deepen our understanding of the multigenerational 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 help them mourn their losses and appreciate their resilience, endurance, and courage--recognizing what they’ve overcome and how they’ve prevailed, despite poor odds. We’ll consider the therapist’s role as a “culture broker” and 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.
Priska Imberti, L.C.S.W., is a bilingual and bicultural family therapist. She’s the cofounder of CRECER, Inc., a group practice that provides comprehensive psychotherapy and psychoeducational services to the community, focusing on immigrant issues.