Date & Time: November 17, 2023 9:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Virtual


This workshop will cover the 4 thematic areas, ultimately enabling helping professionals to more effectively understand – and thus serve – Central American immigrant youth. These thematic areas are:

  • Theme 1: Context and background, including reasons for migration, push/pull factors, cultural contexts, trajectories of migration, and lived experiences on route to the U.S.
  • Theme 2: Trauma exposure and resilience, including exposure to trauma in country of origin, trauma of prolonged separation, journey-related trauma, exposure to trauma in the U.S., including forced cultural distancing, sources of resilience and strength, cultural collectivism, etc.
  • Theme 3: Identity and acculturation, including bicultural identity development, assimilation vs. acculturation, social inclusion vs. exclusion, forced distancing from cultural heritage, reactions to sociocultural dynamics, and experiences of xenophobia, nativism and racism.
  • Theme 4: School-based experiences and what to do about them, including power dynamics and “pecking orders,” experiences in U.S. public schools with peers and teachers, school-based identity messaging, and what to do next to create climates of in which bicultural identity development – and ultimately academic success and well-being – can occur.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will develop a nuanced understanding of the lived experiences of Central American immigrant youth;
  2. Participants will be able to identify and describe the unique sources of resilience, strength, and cultural capital that Central American immigrant youth bring to the therapeutic relationship;
  3. Participants will identify strengths-based, culturally affirming strategies to effectively work with Central American immigrant youth


  • $80 – Registration Fee
  • $60 – Alumni, Field Instructor, FFL, Adjunct Rate
  • $45 – Veterans Rate/AUSSW Students

About the Speaker

Stephanie Carnes

Dr. Stephanie Carnes, Ph.D, LCSW, LL.M

Dr. Stephanie Carnes, Ph.D, LCSW, LL.M, is a bilingual clinical social worker with over a decade of clinical, research, and advocacy experience. Her work focuses on culturally responsive and sustaining mental health care, and she has worked specifically with Central American immigrant youth. She is currently the Clinical Supervisor at the New York City Psychotherapy Collective.

Credentialing Information

Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the following:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

See full credentialing information and CEUs

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows. We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Adelphi University require that all events be accessible. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the event host identified on the event webpage; please allow for a reasonable time frame. The event host, when necessary, will collaborate with the Student Access Office.

Search Menu