The role of the clinician is to perform a comprehensive evaluation of the client’s persecution and to identify and document any consequential psychological or physical sequelae to support their asylum case. Clinicians have the ability to work with student scribes, who will take notes during the evaluation, assist with the physical exam, and prepare a draft of the narrative portion of the legal affidavit.
In order to participate, health professionals must attend an Asylum Training hosted by Physicians for Human Rights or HealthRight International. HRI hosts a training every fall. You are eligible for FREE CME credits!
Clinicians that are able to perform forensic evaluations include: MD, DO, NP, LMHC, LCSW, LICSW, PsyD, PhD, DDS, DMD. Note: Resident physicians are able to perform forensic evaluations once licensed.
Once trained, clinicians will shadow an experienced provider in order to become comfortable conducting the evaluations on their own. HRI allows flexibility opportunities for involvement from our pro-bono clinicians: some evaluators perform several evaluations per month while others do one every other month. The level of involvement is completely up to you!