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The Loss Factor: A Clinical Understanding of the Impact of Migration Stressors

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Carmen I Vazquez, PhD
1 Hour 14 Minutes
Feb 23, 2023
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More people than ever before live in a country other than the one in which they were born. But so many are left feeling split between here and there; wounded by the series of losses (cultural norms, language, supports and identity) resulting from the migration experience. In this session, view one of today’s most prominent Latina psychologists and explore how therapists can help clients rediscover themselves, feel more empowered and navigate the losses associated with migration.


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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.



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Carmen Inoa Vazquez, PhD, an expert in cross-cultural issues, is one of New York City’s most prominent Latina psychologists, with more than twenty-five years of clinical and teaching experience. She is founder of the Bilingual Treatment Program Clinic at Bellevue Hospital, and she founded and directs the Institute form Multicultural Behavioral Health. She is a clinical professor in psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and City University of New York. She lectures on ethnic and cultural issues and is the author of three books including Grief Therapy with Latinos: Integrating Culture for Clinicians (with co-author Dr. Dinelia Rosa). She has been featured across a wide span of media including Today, The New York Times, the BBC, the Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times, El Diario, Latina, and more. Dr. Vazquez emigrated at age sixteen from the Dominican Republic.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Carmen Vazquez maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Columbia University. She receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Carmen Vazquez is a member of the APA Practice Organization. She is a manuscript peer reviewer for the Journal of Psychiatric Services.



  1. Develop a framework to better understand the unique pain and losses created by the migration experience.
  2. Determine how migration and post-migration stressors, including language and loss of identity, can impact the treatment needs of the migrant population.
  3. Develop culturally-responsive treatment plans that account for complex migration related losses in migrant clients.


  • Grief and loss: the universal migration experience
  • How migration and acculturation stressors impact clients
  • Interconnections between cultural values and self-identification
  • Working with migration losses in therapy
  • Research, risks and limitations

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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