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Finding Hope: Working with Immigrant and Vulnerable Populations

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Charissa Pizarro, PsyD
1 Hour 02 Minutes
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Dec 13, 2022
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When immigrants arrive in the U.S. the journey is often not a happy one. Many have experienced war, rape, and violence. And upon arrival many face deportation, family separation, and struggle to meet their basic needs. In this session you’ll get specific tools so you can better connect with these clients, help them process the traumas of their past, and help them discover hope and healing.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



Charissa Pizarro, PsyD's Profile

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Dr. Charissa D. Pizarro is a bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of clinical experience working with diverse clinical populations. She has devoted her career to working with the underprivileged and most needy populations. At present, she heads two grant funded child protective services programs. Dr. Pizarro has a private practice where she treats presenting concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma and adjustment disorders. In her private practice, Dr. Pizarro works with many undocumented individuals via immigration evaluations. Often individuals seek evaluation for hardship and pardon. The evaluations are often a determining factor in staying or leaving this country and in maintaining or dissolving a family unit.

Dr. Pizarro is an advocate for immigrant rights and belongs to the APA: Immigration Advocacy Working Group, in Washington, DC. This group works on advocating for policy changes related to immigration. Through her membership in the Latino Mental Health Association of NJ, Dr. Pizarro presented a pro bono workshop titled "Working with Latinx Populations: Special Considerations for Undocumented Immigrants and Survivors of Trauma." Dr. Pizarro is also a member of APA's Div 37 Diverse Racial Ethnic and Multicultural Special Interest Group (DREAM SIG). In November 2019, Dr. Pizarro was a delegate of the APA in Portugal.

Dr. Pizarro has been awarded multiple awards for her work with children and families as well as her work in social justice.  


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Charissa Pizarro maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Hoboken University Medical Center. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Charissa Pizarro is a member of the American Psychological Association, the New Jersey Psychological Association, the Postpartum Support International, and the Association for Play Therapy.


  1. Assess specific risks and exposures immigrants face before and after entering the U.S. and how they can impact mental health. 
  2. Utilize culturally sensitive coping skills exercises and psychoeducation to reduce fear and anxiety in immigrant clients.  
  3. Apply trauma-informed practices to assist immigrant children and families in telling their story. 


  • Processing experiences of rape, war, violence of the past 
  • Living with the fear of deportation and violence 
  • Psychoeducation & coping skills exercises to reduce fear and anxiety 
  • Trauma-informed practices to help clients tell and re-write their narrative 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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