Immigration Evaluations: What to Consider and How to Write - Webinar

Thursday, April 20, 2023
The registration period has closed for this event.

9:00 AM-4:00 PM EST


Lili Lutgens, JD, LCSW

Lili S. Lutgens is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Attorney. She received her Bachelors degree at Transylvania University in 1989 and her law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1992. She returned to school in 1995 and graduated in 1997 with a Masters of Science in Social Work from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. Ms. Lutgens is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Kentucky and Indiana. Ms. Lutgens is part-owner of Therapeutic Intervention Services, PLLC, a Kentucky agency that provides mental and behavioral health services to children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. She also has a part-time private practice where she sees primarily adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety and depression. Ms. Lutgens started writing immigration evaluations through her private practice in 2006.

Shannon Lockhart, LCSW

Shannon K. Lockhart is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her B.A. in English and Theology from Loyola University- Chicago in 1990 and then her M.S.W. in 1993, also at Loyola University- Chicago. Shannon is fluent in Spanish and has worked both in the U.S. as well as in El Salvador and Guatemala in human rights and mental health, with specific focus on adapting psychoeducation and therapeutic services to different cultures, including several indigenous cultures in Central America. She has worked too, with the Recovery of Historical Memory project in Guatemala, aimed at empowering the victims of the internal armed conflict to understand their rights, speak out against injustice, and work to change the systemic injustices that have continued to harm groups. Shannon has been a speaker and participant at several international mental health and social justice conferences and trainings in Central America, Europe, and southeast Asia.
In the U.S., Shannon has focused her non-clinical work on education around social injustice and how it impacts mental health. In 2016, she began her private practice in Louisville, KY where she offers therapy and immigration evaluations for undocumented Spanish-speakers, as well as a pay-what-you-can-if-you-can sliding scale for social justice activists who are seeking therapy.

Workshop Description

This training is targeted towards licensed mental health clinicians who would like to expand their practice by adding immigration evaluations to their offered services. Currently there are not enough licensed mental health clinicians trained to do this work for the level of need. The morning session will consist of training focused on the types of immigration proceedings necessitating evaluations and what those evaluations must include. Case examples will be included to help participants identify the relevant factors they must focus on in writing their evaluations. The afternoon will consist of discussion of mental health and cultural factors as well as country condition issues that should be included in evaluations. There will also be a discussion of how to testify in immigration proceedings. Additional case examples will be given to give participants more practice at identifying what to include in their evaluations. Content is appropriate for licensed mental health professionals including, but not limited to, MFTs, Social Workers, and psychologists, and includes the professional application of theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, families, and beyond.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Identify the various types of immigration evaluations they may be called upon to write as well as relevant factors to consider such as native country conditions
  • Interview clients in a culturally sensitive manner so they are able to obtain all relevant information while simultaneously helping their clients to feel comfortable.

Continuing Education

CEU : Hours - 6


Registration: $125.00

**Additional 15% off for Kent staff, faculty, students, alumni, and practicum supervisors

Register Here

Approved by

Kentucky Board of Social Work

Kentucky Board of Licensure for Marriage and Family Therapists


Webinar via Zoom

Share This

About Us

The Center for Family and Community Well-Being (CFCWB) advances the well-being of vulnerable populations through the development and dissemination of evidence based practices, technology driven innovations, and research to address complex social problems such as violence and trauma, racism, poverty, injustice, and disparities in health and mental health. The Center seeks to accomplish this mission through three primary domains of activity: 1) Research and Program Evaluation; 2) Training and Professional Development; and 3) Product Development. The Center offers a unique hub for the translation of research into practice and partnership into synergy.

For more information, visit