Extreme Hardship and Psychosocial Evaluations in Immigration Cases (Update)

(289 Ratings)

Produced on: August 25, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

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


Mark Silver

Psychiatric Social Worker

MARK SOLOMON SILVER is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He 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.  He has 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 the states of New York and New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. 

Additionally, Mark has published more than a dozen papers on forensic social work and mental health practice in criminal and immigration consultation for attorneys in various academic and practice journals, and has lectured on various aspects of these subjects. Mark is the author of Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Revised Fifth Edition. (2015). 


For the past ten years, 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. To date, Mark has worked on more than 1000 such cases in forensic immigration and criminal practice and consultation. He 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. He has also provided expert testimony in several dozen of these cases.


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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