It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Overcoming Mental Health Stigma in Immigration Practice

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Overcoming Mental Health Stigma in Immigration Practice

Release Date: 05/01/2023
Recording Available 7-14 Days After Event Date
Format Length CLE Eligible
Video Roundtable 60 min. No

Immigration attorneys work in an environment that almost inevitably takes a toll on one's mental health, so prioritizing well-being for yourself and the people you work with is critical. The AILA Lawyer Well-Being Committee is excited to welcome Dr. Mathews and Dr. Sierra who will guide roundtable attendees through how to approach the mental health challenges that come with the job.

Topics include:

  • Understand the stigma around mental health and how to overcome it
  • Explore the unique mental health challenges faced by immigration practitioners
  • Learn preventative care and self-screening tools to assess well-being

This roundtable is presented by the AILA Lawyer Well-Being Committee as a part of Lawyer Well-Being Week.

This roundtable is available only to AILA members and not CLE eligible. AILA University Video Roundtables are free learning opportunities for AILA members provided via a weekly schedule of live video programming for members to come together from across the country and world to discuss hot topics and network with colleagues in the field. Video Roundtables are part of AILA University programming and each session is hosted by faculty selected for their expertise.

Ana Sierra PhD, LCP, LCPC, Founder & Executive Director Ana Sierra Counseling / Consejeria, PLL, Specialty: Immigration Evaluations, Trauma, Washington, DC

Eva Mathews, MD, MPH, Associate Program Director at Louisiana State University Psychiatry Residency Program, Specialty: Psychiatry, Baton Rouge, LA

Magali Suarez Candler, Lawyer Well-Being Committee, Houston, TX

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.