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The Border is Here: Immigration Trauma and Loss – July 26, 2022

July 26, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

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July 26, 2022
9:00 am – 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time via Zoom

Carmen Rosa Noroña, LICSW, Ms. Ed. IECMH-E®
Ivys Fernández-Pastrana, JD


The Border is Here: Immigration Trauma and Loss

The presenters will introduce trauma-forward, developmentally attuned, and diversity-informed approaches targeted at increasing safety, empowerment and hope. The presenters will discuss the Family Preparedness Plan, a tool to support families in thinking and planning for the possibility of a separation and identification of a temporary substitute caregiver, including when parents or caregivers are ill. In addition, the presenters will reflect on the secondary impacts of the work on the providers, particularly BIPOC providers, serving young children in immigrant families. Strategies to protect, support and empower the workforce will be introduced.

Carmen Rosa Noroña, LICSW, MSW, MS. Ed., IECMH-E®
Carmen Rosa Noroña is the Child Trauma Clinical Services and Training Lead at Child Witness to Violence Project atBoston Medical Center and the Associate Director of the Boston Site of the Early Trauma Treatment Network, one of the Category II sites of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) focused on children birth to six years old. She is a Child-Parent Psychotherapy National Trainer, an expert faculty of the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood Training (DC: 0-5) and one of the developers of the Harris Professional Development Network Diversity Informed Tenets for Work with Infants Children and Families Initiative (https://diversityinformedtenets.org) and of the Boston Medical Center Family Preparedness Plan for Immigrant Families. Her practice and research interests are on the impact of trauma on attachment; the intersection of culture, immigration and trauma; anti-racism and trauma-informed care; diversity-informed reflective supervision and consultation; and on the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practice in real world settings. She is a Co-Leader of the Department of Pediatrics Council of Social Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Boston Medical Center. In addition, she serves as core faculty of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN) Being Anti-Racist is Central to Trauma-Informed Care Initiative, as a member of the NCTSN Steering Committee, and as a co-chair of the NCTSN Latin American Families Collaborative group. Ms. Noroña has adapted and translated materials for Spanishspeaking families affected by trauma and has also contributed to the literature in infant and early childhood mental health, diversity-informed care and immigration trauma.

Ivys Fernández-Pastrana, JD
Ivys Fernández-Pastrana is the Program Manager for the BMC Supporting Immigrant Families Project. Her previous roles included working along a team of Family Navigators and Community Health Advocates in the Department of Pediatrics addressing social determinants of health and barriers to care, and Family Navigator assisting families whose children were diagnosed with autism. She is an attorney by training and her background in the fields of special education, autism spectrum disorders and family supports include working with parents and families to help them to navigate and access community resources as well as governmental entitlements and benefits. Ivys is also the co-investigator and co-founder of the EASE Clinic which focuses in providing support in primary care to families facing challenges to access special education services and provide support to primary care clinicians through consultations and lectures. She also co-authored the Family Preparedness Plan for immigrant families facing detention or deportation due to their immigration status.


July 26, 2022
9:00 am - 11:00 am PDT


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