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  • Description

    There are vast complexities in evaluating psychosocial cases for spousal abuse, and the complications are made even more severe when they are in the context of immigration petitions. This timely and comprehensive CLE course, presented by attorney Mark Silver, will explain how these types of cases are evaluated from a clinical perspective as well as the potential challenges that the victim may face as married to an American citizen. Characteristics of abusers, typical cycles of abuse, understanding why immigrant women are often targets for abuse and the criteria for evaluations and how they may impact immigration petitions and profiles will all be discussed.

  • Instructor Bio

    Mark Silver

    Mark S. Silver is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Mark has a Combined Specialist Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. Mark also completed a Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto, a post-graduate Certificate Program in Family Therapy at Smith College, and a Doctor of Psychology at the Southern California University for Professional Studies. In addition, Mark holds a Juris Doctor from the City University of New York, Queens College, and is admitted to practice law in New York.

    Mark is the author of "Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome." SIXTH Edition. (2017). Since 2002, Mark has worked as a consultant for law firms throughout the United States conducting psychosocial evaluations and writing formal reports in forensic and mitigation immigration and criminal cases. Mark has worked with clients from about forty countries throughout the world on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and deportation. Mark has also provided expert testimony in several dozen of these cases.