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Module dates: February 15 – March 19th, 2021

Mental Health

Wooden Scrabble tiles spell out the words Mental Health on a white background.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “But I don’t do mental health!”?

Although you may not think of yourself as a mental health interpreter, mental health issues arise in all aspects of people’s lives. Regardless of the settings where you currently work, this training will open your eyes to the ways mental health interpreting may show up in your current work and present opportunities for more training.
This module will cover:

  • An overview of the mental health care system
  • Mental health settings and who is on the care team
  • Therapeutic approaches and services
  • Diagnostic tools for mental health
  • Barriers people who are Deaf, hard of hearing and Deafblind face in getting services
  • Steps and resources for further training

This module was designed with Steve Hamerdinger, Arlyn Anderson, Karen Sheldon, and Vyron Kinson.

Time commitment

This module will require about 20 hours of work. There are no set meeting times, but topics are opened weekly to give participants richer discussion and learning opportunities. All work must be completed by 11:59pm on March 19. No extensions will be offered. See Course Outline below for an overview of the course.

Registration fee: $40


Before registering, please review the registration requirements:

To register, participants must:

-Work in the United States or U.S. territories
-Hold RID, NAD, or BEI certification
-Have a minimum of 3 years interpreting experience

Registration filled! You may sign up for the waiting list if a spot opens up for the February 15-March 19, 2021 module.

Click here for the waiting listIntro to Mental Health Module waiting list
How to Access Intro to Mental Health

Registered participants will receive an email invitation to join the course from Instructure Canvas on February 15.

TIP: Add notifications@instructure.com to your contacts, so your invitation doesn’t end up in your spam folder.

Follow the prompts to join the course. It’s easy! (Just remember to write down your password!)

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations must be in writing to CATIE Center.

Refunds will be issued for cancellations requested within seven days of registration, as long as course content has not been accessed. Refunds will not be issued after the 7 days from the date of registration.

Registrations are not transferable, either to another course or another participant.


St. Catherine University is a RID-approved sponsor for continuing education units. Participants who complete all required assignments may earn 2.0 CEUs.

CEUs will be posted to transcripts by April 9. Please hold any questions about CEUs and your transcript until after April 9.

Course Facilitator

Paula MacDonald, MS, NIC, QMHI

Paula holds a certificate in Deaf Studies, an Associate of Applied Science in English/ASL Interpreting and Transliteration, a Bachelor of Arts in Multicultural Interpreting, and a Master of Science in Interpreting Pedagogy. She completed her teaching practicum at Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria, and has taught numerous interpreting classes online.

Course Outline
If you’re curious what topics are covered in this course, here is the full outline:

  • Pre-Assessment
  • Mental Health
    • History of Mental Health Services
    • Stigma
    • Discussion Forum: Stigma & Bias
  • Mental Health Care Systems
    • Care Approaches
    • Mental Health Settings
    • Therapeutic Approaches
      • Flash Cards: Therapeutic Approaches
      • Knowledge Check-In: Therapeutic Approaches
    • Who is on the care team?
      • Flash Cards: Who is on the treatment team?
      • Knowledge Check-In: Who’s on the treatment team?
  • Mental Health Classifications and Diagnosis
    • Overview of Mental Health Disorders
      • Mood Disorders: Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar
        • Flash cards
      • Psychotic Disorders
        • Flash cards
      • Trauma
        • Flash cards
      • Substance Use/Abuse Disorder
        • Flash Cards
      • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
        • Flash card
        • Knowledge Check-In: Disorders
        • Multiple Diagnoses
        • Psychopharmacology
  • Special Considerations for Deaf/DeafBlind/Hard of Hearing Populations
    • Etiology of Deafness
    • Language Dysfluency & Fund of Information Gaps
      • Discussion Forum: Dysfluency and Mental Health
  • Interpreting Considerations in Behavioral Health Settings
    • Preparing for a Mental Health Interpreting Assignment
      • Working with Providers
      • Mental Health Chart
      • Communication/Language Assessments
    • Boundaries in Our Work
      • Activity: Boundary Assessment
    • Forensic Interpreting
    • Discussion Forum: What does your work look like?
  • Interpreters in Behavioral Health Settings
    • Considerations and Strategies in Our Work
    • Interpreter’s Tool Kit
    • Activity: Case Study
  • Building Competencies and Additional Training Opportunities
    • MHIT
  • Transcripts and Additional Resources
    • Transcripts
    • Module Resources and References
  • Course Evaluation
    • Course Evaluation and CEU Form
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