frequently asked questions for meNTAL HEALTH evaluatORS
Answers to inquiries we commonly receive from prospective mental health evaluators are organized in the following Q&A sections:
EVALUATOR QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Q: What qualifications are needed to become a mental health evaluator for asylum & humanitarian protection cases?
Q: I am not licensed in Arizona or Washington. Can I still volunteer with EAHR?
Q: Do I need to commit to a specific number of evaluations in order to volunteer?
Q: Do I need to be willing to testify?
Q: Do I need malpractice or liability insurance?
Q: When and where do evaluations take place?
Q: Why are detention evaluations important?
Q: Can I decline to do evaluations in immigration detention?
Q: How much time does a psychological evaluation take to complete?
Q: How is interpretation arranged for evaluations?
Q: Is there a template or collection of examples we can adapt for our affidavits?
Q: Can I shadow an experienced evaluator before doing it the first time alone?
Q: What are the next steps to apply to become a volunteer?
"Meeting with and interviewing asylum seekers and other trauma and torture survivors has been moving. Their stories are profound and give me a great appreciation for the resilience of those survivors as well as a broader appreciation for the range of challenges facing so many in the world. Many assume this would be heavy work and depressing or potentially lead to secondary trauma, for me the resilience I have witnessed has led to increased hopefulness or what I like to call secondary resilience. I am so moved by the ability of people who have lost so much, suffered so much to retain their own sense of hope."
- EAHR Volunteer