Trauma-Informed Care: Addressing Needs of Immigrant Children and Unaccompanied Minors - APA 2020

This presentation covers the impact of trauma on children during the different phases of migration as well as the unique needs of second-generation immigrant children. Treatment strategies and vicarious trauma will also be discussed.

Presented by:

Javier I. Rosado, Ph.D.

Susana Rivera, Ph.D.

Michelle Silva, PsyD

Natalia Falcon, PhD

Elena Reyes, PhD

Learning Objectives:

• Describe how the trauma of separation impacts a child.
• Recognize effective methods for guiding caregivers on how to talk to children and adolescents about
• Describe the potential for secondary traumatic stress when working with immigrant youth who have
experienced trauma/traumatic separation.


- Dr. Rosado is a Clinical Associate Professor at the FSU College of Medicine.
- Dr. Susana Rivera is the Program Director for the Border Traumatic Stress Response Center at Serving
Children and Adults in Need.
- Michelle Silva is an Assistant Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine.
- Dr. Falcon is a licensed clinical psychologist at FSU College of Medicine.
- Dr. Reyes is a Professor at the FSU College of Medicine with specialty in cross-cultural medicine.


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