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Extreme Hardship and Psychosocial Evaluations in Immigration Cases (Update)

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Produced on August 25, 2016

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Course Information

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

In this update, attorney and forensic expert Mark Silver provides the immigration lawyer with a detailed analysis of criteria considered by clinical experts when undertaking a psychosocial evaluation in extreme hardship cases. Here, Mr. Silver integrates important legal considerations with the psychosocial criteria offering new and different insights to better advocate for the clients and their family members. He also reviews the different criteria that have an impact on extreme hardship considerations. Additionally, he addresses how to best present these issues to help your client.


Learning Objectives:    

I.     Recognize the major criteria for evaluations in extreme hardship cases used by clinical experts

II.    Appreciate who best benefits from psychosocial evaluations when extreme hardship cases are present

III.   Identify the factors that trigger an extreme hardship analysis 

IV.   Understand the purpose and scope of the psychosocial assessment for both the client and family members 

V.    Consider clinical and legal considerations permitting and integration of these two specialties

Credit Information

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Mark Silver

Psychiatric Social Worker

Mark S. Silver is a lawyer and New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a doctorate in psychology and the author of Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Revised Sixth Edition. (2018). 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. He has worked with thousands of clients from about forty countries throughout the world on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and deportation. He has also provided expert testimony in several dozen of these cases.


Alan G.

excellent presenter

Brian W.

extremely beneficial in evaluation the extreme hardship cases. It gave me many new ideas and approaches to this type of immigration issue.

Vida B.

Right to the point and extremely informative. A must take course for everyone. Hope to get more extensive courses on this subject. Thank you.

Daniel V.

Very good program!

Ajua H.

Awesome course. One of my faves on immigration! He was very helpful and thorough.

Maria A.

Extremely knowledgeable and well prepared


A critically important CLE for Immigration Law at this juncture in time.

Richard R.


john b.

very well done

CM Boston C.

Fantastic session.

Michael K.

Mr. Silver is an outstanding presenter, effectively covering a broad topic in a limited time-frame.

Todd P.

Extremely useful information and an excellent presentation.

Todd L.

Very, very accessible presentation. Very good delivery.

tina w.

good and knowledgeable speaker

Michael M.

Super Duper

Patricia B.

Excellent, substantive presentation!

John D.

The information provided was a good overview.

Richard M.

Very informative and helpful. Excellent presentation.

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