July 25-29, 2016
A presentation of
Mental Health Interpreter Training Project
Office of Deaf Services, Alabama Department of Mental Health
In Partnership with ADARA and Troy University
The Mental Health Interpreter Training Institute
This 40-hour course is designed to provide a sound basis for interpreters to work effectively in mental health settings as part of a professional team. It includes lectures, demonstrations, exercises, evaluation and discussion to develop knowledge, skills and resources to ensure that services are linguistically and culturally appropriate.
It will include introductions to:
- Medical and mental health systems and culture,
- Sources of communication breakdown associated with mental illness and treatment,
- Interpreters’ roles, tools, and resources,
- Severe language dysfluency and Visual-Gestural Communication,
- Psychiatric emergencies,
- Support groups and Community Mental Health Services, and
- Demand-Control Theory applied to mental health interpreting.
Robert Pollard, Robyn Dean, Roger Williams, Steve Hamerdinger, Carole Lazorisak, Charlene Crump, Brian McKenny, Shannon Reese and others to be announced!
Who should attend
Candidates for the Alabama Mental Health Interpreter Training (MHIT) Interpreter Institute are selected based on a screening process that ranks the suitability of registrants for available vacancies based on the following categories:
- Formal education,
- Interpreting certification/licensure,
- Interpreting experience,
- Involvement in the mental health community,
- Involvement in the language community,
- Continuing education, and
This training meets the pre-practicum training requirement of interpreters working towards Certification as a Qualified Mental Health Interpreter according to Alabama State Code 580-3-24.
Feb. 16—April 15: Participants $340, Alumni $215
April 16—May 31: Participants $390, Alumni $265
After May 31: Participants $425, Alumni $310
Daily rate: Participants $100, Alumni $85
- Before July 1st refunds will be provided upon written request minus 15% processing and handling fee. Refunds will not be provided after July 1st, however, registration fees will be applied to the subsequent year.
- Discounts available for groups of six (6) or more.
- Applications reviewed on first-come, first-serve basis.
A minimum of 4.0 CEUS will be offered for the training.
Participation is limited to four students. Note: Students who apply for worker status must submit evidence of full time status in a recognized Interpreter Training/Preparation Program along with faculty recommendation. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For Additional Information and Application
Or contact Office of Deaf Services, P.O Box 301410, Montgomery, AL 36130.
Telephone: 334-353-7415 (Voice) 334-239-3780 (VP) 334-242-3025 (Fax)