Overview: This workshop will introduce to participants the "why and how" to conduct support groups with Latino immigrant youth who enter the United States by crossing the border. Many, if not most of these immigrants have similar experiences that impact their emotional and behavioral health such as the stressors and/or traumas of their native country to include killings, sexual violence, domestic abuse, the takeover of gang life, extortion, etc. and their arduous journey through Central America, Mexico and crossing the Rio Grande.
The impact of being caught by ICE and being sent to a detention center also may leave emotional scars. Once they are reunited with their families, they must adjust to these changes and to a new culture, language and school system. All of these changes can leave a youth with limited coping skills, heightened depression and anxiety.