Upcoming Webinars

April 24 from 10AM – 11AM

“Culturally Responsive Practices for Latino Family Reunifications”



Join us for this free webinar! The presentation will focus on the complex experience of children being separated from their parents due to immigration and the process of family reunification at a later point. Areas to be covered include immigration experience from a child’s perspective, relational trauma/attachment challenges, trauma history, and considerations of the child´s developmental stage. A major part of the presentation will present a model for how to guide these families through a therapeutic process towards increased connection. The model was presented to me by Dr. Kenneth Hardy who has worked his whole life with traumatized families.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Be able to reflect on how loss, attachment, trauma and child development impact the experience of the child and family
  • Become familiar with a therapeutic model, which can be used when working with families in the reunification process
  • Be able to identify some cultural considerations in working with Latino families during the reunification process



    Birgitte Bønning Espitia, PhD, LMFT, is originally from Denmark but has lived in both Costa Rica and Colombia. She has now lived in the US for more than 20 years. Birgitte has an MA and PhD from Syracuse University, NY, in Family Therapy. She has worked with many different Latino families in NC since 2006. Birgitte worked at El Futuro from 2007-2012 and 2013-2015. She has since worked in her private practice in Carrboro, NC.


    This webinar will provide Contact Hours, CEUs (Continuing Education Units), AMA PRA Category 1 Credit and Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists for participants that view the whole webinar (not call-in only) and complete the post-webinar feedback survey.  No partial credit offered.

    This program does not offer NBCC credits. However, per LPC guidelines, LPCs licensed in North Carolina may submit up to 15.0 contact hours of continuing education credit per renewal period, through attending programs by affiliates of the National Area Health Education Center Organization (NAO).

    Participants should confirm continuing education credit information for licensure requirements with their state licensing board(s). If you need any additional information about this webinar for your licensure, please reach out to Megan Robertson at mrobertson@elfuturo-nc.org.



    Register for this webinar by filling out the short form through the button below. You’ll receive an email confirmation from Zoom that contains a link to join the webinar at the bottom. If you’d like to receive Continuing Education credit, please also register with the Greensboro AHEC link provided in the Zoom confirmation email before the start of the webinar.

    Fees & Refunds:

    These webinars have been graciously funded by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and The Duke Endowment so there is no cost to join and no refunds are distributed.

    Cancellation Policy:

    In the event of a cancellation, we will provide notification as soon as possible so participants can adjust their schedule accordingly. Participants that need to cancel may choose to do so at anytime but will not receive a Certificate of Completion.

    The fine print:

    Please contact Megan Robertson at mrobertson@elfuturo-nc.org if you have a concern or complaint you’d like to share regarding La Mesita. While we do not promise any outcomes, the individual will receive a response with the teams’ considerations and decision within two weeks time.
    Please keep patient information de-identified at all times during the webinars.
    Please reach out to Megan Robertson at mrobertson@elfuturo-nc.org to let us know if you need disability accommodations.

    Thank you to The Duke Endowment, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC), and the Duke University Health System for their support of La Mesita: Latinx Mental Health Provider Network.