Celesq® Programs

Sexual Orientation Asylum Petitions: Challenges in Forensic Psychosocial Immigration Evaluations

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CLE Credits

Asylum applications based on sexual orientation have risen in the United States and Canada in past decades. Mark Silver addresses the challenges of clinical forensic evaluations in asylum petition based on sexual orientation and offers his insight as a clinical expert who evaluates claims of persecution and harm. With a specific focus on psychiatric issues, he also discusses how to balance the experiences of the applicant in his or her country of origin with the experiences as a new immigrant. By virtue of its sensitive nature, the sexual orientation asylum petition comes with challenges and obstacles that require particular attention by both the lawyer and clinician during the application process. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand psychological, social, and community challenges faced by asylum petitioners
  2. Comprehend the adversity facing these clients
  3. Recognize potential psychiatric issues that may result from such persecution
  4. Identify proper evidence of persecution to support a petition for sexual orientation asylum

Available in States

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas Self Study

Program Categories

  • Federal Courts
  • Florida Eligible
  • Health Care Law
  • Immigration and Naturalization Law


  • Areas of Professional Practice : 1 Credit