Self-directed, interactive mini online classes, requiring about 1.5 hours of time. Mini-lectures throughout the modules are presented in ASL, with English captions if needed.

Intersectionality in Behavioral Health Interpreting

Release date: February 20, 2018. Designed with Najma Johnson, provides an overview of structures of oppression and privilege using the theory of kyriarchy. Continue reading

Specialized Interpreting: Mental Health

Mental health issues arise in all aspects of a person’s life; employment, education, recreation, medical etc. Often interpreters fail to recognize that they are in fact already working in mental health settings. This webshop guides you in assessing if mental health interpreting is within your scope of practice and connects you with a plethora of educational opportunities to start building your skills for working in mental health settings.

This webshop:

  • Defines mental health and mental illness.
  • Describes the varied settings within mental health interpreting, including: inpatient, outpatient, peer-led, day programs, private clinician offices, clinic settings, and emergency rooms.

Contributors: Kate Block, Arlyn Anderson, and the CATIE Center.

There is a shortage of qualified interpreters working in mental health settings, come find out how to become trained to fill that need.

*This webshop is not comprehensive, and will not make interpreters qualified to do this work, but will lay out a foundation and a path for future training.

Cost: Registration is free.

Register: A link to register will be posted here by March 20, 2018.

Specialized Interpreting: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Interpreting in domestic violence and sexual assault (DVSA) settings requires specialty knowledge and skills to be qualified to do this work. The information in this webshop, developed in collaboration with ThinkSelf, a Deaf-centered DVSA service provider, will help you determine if this work is right for you now or in the future.

This webshop covers:

  • Need for qualified interpreters for DV/SA work
  • DV/SA settings you may find yourself in
  • Knowledge needed to adjust our interpreting for these consumers
  • Narratives from survivors and interpreters that can inform our practice and
  • A pathway to training to develop skills that will make you qualified in this niche

*This webshop is not comprehensive, and will not make interpreters qualified to do this work, but will lay out a foundation and a path for future training.

Cost: Free!

Register: A link to register will be posted here by April 20, 2018.

Behavioral Health Interpreting: Trauma-Informed Approach

Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing communities experience trauma at higher rates than hearing individuals. They also face additional barriers to accessing behavioral health services.

This webshop will give you tools to consider how to be a trauma-informed practitioner. This webshop was designed with Carla Shird.

This webshop covers:

  • The symptoms of trauma and impact of trauma on functioning.
  • Prevalence of trauma in the Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing communities
  • Interpreter role in treatment and vicarious trauma.
  • Trauma-informed approach when working with clients.

Cost: Free!

Register: A link to register will be posted here by May 1, 2018.

Introduction to Deaf/Hearing Teams in Behavioral Health Interpreting

Working in Deaf interpreter/hearing interpreter teams is as rewarding as it is challenging. This webshop, developed by CDI/CHI team Tamara Fuerst and Kate Block for both Deaf and hearing interpreters, includes:

  • When and how to advocate for a team
  • How to build a successful working relationship before, during and after a job,
  • Discussions of power privilege and oppression

This webshop has many practical takeaways that will help you create successful interpretations.

Cost: Free!

Register: A link to register will be posted here by May 20, 2018.