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Among the most common types of psychological evaluations for Immigration and Naturalization are the following:

Extreme Hardship Waiver

The government considers a variety of factors when determining whether an individual meets the "extreme hardship" standard pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. Evaluating the potential impact of the immigrant's deportation from a lawfully-resident parent or spouse is not the only factor the government considers when assessing extreme and exceptional hardship cases. The factors used in determining whether a waiver applicant has established extreme hardship can be overwhelming. Evaluations of this nature can get particularly complex. Allow our skilled staff at HMPS to help in navigating the psychological requirements of this process.

 

Political Asylum Waiver

Historically, people applying for political asylum have suffered a variety of psychological and/or physical trauma in their country of origin. The nature of these evaluations typically documents mistreatment and abuse the individual suffered i.e., racial, ethnic, religious or political mistreatment, psychological assault, etc. This in-depth evaluation includes any psychological and emotional distress as a result of the persecution in their country. Our trauma focused assessments allow us to evaluate the level and the degree of trauma.

 

Domestic/Spousal Abuse Waiver

This evaluation seeks to establish the presence of domestic abuse in order to file for legal status (separately from their U.S. citizen spouse). The psychotherapist is tasked with assessing the presence of abuse and the psychological and practical impacts of the abuse. Sometimes the abuse is obvious, but at other times it is more subtle. Documented indicators of abuse are cited as physical, verbal or psychological assault.

 

Trauma Assessment

We at HMPS understand the scope and consequences of diverse traumatic exposures among diverse populations and groups.

In recent times, the assessment of trauma clients has evolved because of an improved understanding of the distribution of mortality and the mechanisms that contribute to morbidity and mortality in trauma.

Effectively, accurately, and ethically assessing trauma is critically important, and can be challenging given the nature of various circumstances. Part of our effort is not only to effectively and efficiently serve our clients, but to raise awareness and use of quality assessment and treatment practices among practitioners working with trauma survivors globally. Our protocol ensures that the most immediate life-threatening conditions are actively identified, and that survivors are offered viable opportunities to address them in the order of their risk potential.

The objectives of the initial evaluation of the trauma patient are as follows: (1) to stabilize the trauma patient, (2) to identify life-threatening injuries and to initiate adequate supportive therapy, (3) Preventing traumatic events and ameliorating their consequences, (4) Advocating for trauma survivors and the field of traumatic stress, and (5) to efficiently and rapidly organize either definitive therapy or transfer to a facility that specializes in provides definitive trauma therapy.

 

Expert Cultural Services

This includes, but is not limited to trainings, workshops, translation and interpreting services, program designs and implementation, expert witness/consultations on topics such as FGM, religion, ritual and culture, family and child rearing practices, ethnic cultures, protocol and practices, beliefs and values, and referral services ect.