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One major difference between healthcare interpreting and behavioral health interpreting is that healthcare work assesses the structures of a person’s body, but behavioral health work assesses what is happening in the brain based on language and behavior. It is critical to have the ability to recognize if a person’s language is impacted by behavioral health factors, or factors unique to being deaf. That’s where certified Deaf interpreter (CDI) and certified hearing interpreter (CHI) teams are crucial for good service to consumers.

Teaming successfully in complex situations can be difficult. This webshop discusses why and how we advocate for CDI/CHI teams, then discusses suggestions for effective teaming strategies with the core principles of respect, relationship, trust, and communication.

This webshop:

  • Identifies why we should advocate for CDI/CHI teams
  • Suggests language for requesting a team
  • Offers suggestions for pre/during/post discussions
  • Provides role plays that illustrate the pre/post discussion plans
  • Suggests further training and resources

*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!


A button to enroll will be available here on May 1.

Webshops are offered on demand once opened.

Registration for webshops is not limited to a specific number of participants.

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CEUs: St. Catherine University is an RID-approved CMP sponsor. This webshop is approved for .15 professional studies CEUs.

To be eligible for CEUs you must complete the pre-assessment, watch all the videos, complete self-reflection activities and quizzes, and complete the post-assessment by 11:59pm on May 31, 2021.

CEUs for this webshop will be posted to RID member transcripts by June 11, 2021.

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