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ACA 2018 Conference & Expo Sessions


135 - Post-DACA: Professional Counselors Supporting Undocumented Youth and Their Dreams


Apr 27, 2018 11:00am ‐ Apr 27, 2018 12:00pm

Description

Supporting undocumented youth in schools can be extremely challenging, especially now that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been curtailed. Professional school counselors, as well as other licensed professional counselors working with school-aged children and adolescents, are in need of current information and resources to help them in supporting these students.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was an American immigration policy that allowed some individuals who entered the country as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country illegally, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit. As of 2017, approximately 800,000 individuals--referred to as "Dreamers" after the DREAM Act bill--were enrolled in the program created by DACA. The policy was established by the Obama administration in June 2012 and rescinded by the Trump Administration in September 2017. Because of these changes, many undocumented students may face a host of psychological issues, including fear of deportation, generalized anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and PTSD. Professional school counselors, as well as other licensed professional counselors working with school-aged children and adolescents, are in need of current information and resources to help them in supporting these students.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the differences between the terms "undocumented youth," "DACA-recipients," and "Dreamers."
  • Understand the impact of the end of DACA on students, from both a psychological and legal standpoint.
  • Explore strategies professional counselors can use when working with undocumented youth.

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