Mental Health Evaluation for Asylum Seekers

Introduction


Mental health professionals play a special role in performing psychological evaluations to support asylum seekers as evidence of persecution in their home country.  

 

Resources


The Role of Mental Health Professionals in Asylum Processing
By: Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
An article on the role of mental health professionals in asylum proceedings, which identifies legal concerns that can be addressed by mental health evaluations of asylees, and discusses the role of mental health professionals in consultations with immigration attorneys.

Psychological Evaluation of Asylum Seekers As a Therapeutic Process
By: Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture
An academic paper on the significance of mental health evaluations for torture survivors seeking asylum. This paper discusses the psychological effects of torture and examines the need to document it for immigration court.

Guidelines for Mental Health Professionals Working with Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Minors
By: National Latino/a Psychological Association
A list of tips and best practices for recognizing and evaluating the mental health needs of unaccompanied immigrant children asylum seekers.

 

Mental Health Evaluation for Asylum Seekers
Mental Health Evaluation for Asylum Seekers
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