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Module dates: May 3-June 4

This new online course offering is designed for ASL/English interpreters to help them become more familiar with the screening and assessment process as well as tools often used when working with individuals in mental health settings.

This module will cover:

  • Translation process used to validate screeners related to substance use and mental health in American Sign Language (ASL).
  • The ASL-STAR portal which contains screeners related to behavioral health that are available in ASL.
  • Issues to consider when interpreting mental health, substance abuse and suicide screeners.
  • Suicide risk factors as well as a suicide screener that has been validated in ASL.
  • Assessment and screening techniques to use when interpreting in behavioral health settings.
  • Cultural and linguistic issues that occur when interpreting behavioral health related screeners.

Our consumers, both hearing and Deaf, deserve interpreters who are qualified in this work so that consumers have their best chance for recovery.

Time commitment

This module will require about 20 hours of work. There are no set meeting times, but the module is designed for participants to go through together for richer discussion. All work must be completed by 11:59pm on June 4, 2021. See Course Outline below for an overview of the course.

Technology requirements

Modules are offered through Canvas online learning management system.

  • You must have high-speed internet access and a tablet or computer that supports:
  • Ability to work online and type or video record discussion posts.
  • Ability to record videos.
  • Ability to upload videos to YouTube for sharing with others in Canvas.
  • Ability to access streamed video content.

Registration fee: $40

Intro to Assessments and Screeners: Mental Health and Suicide is now full.

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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

Note: No exceptions to the registration requirements can be made due to our agreement with RSA. Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is the federal department that funds our project and it is in our agreement that the CATIE Center Behavioral Health Interpreting modules be limited to those with national certification. National certification is defined as RID, BEI, and NAD.

How to Access Intro to Assessments and Screeners

Registered participants will receive an email invitation to join the course from Instructure Canvas on May 3.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations must be in writing to CATIE Center.

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

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 June 25. Please hold any questions about CEUs and your transcript until after June 25.

Course Facilitator

Dr. Deb Guthmann

Debra Guthmann, Ed.D. is a nationally recognized lecturer, administrator, researcher, educator and advocate with 40 years of extensive experience in service to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) community. Dr. Guthmann is currently the lead consultant for a NIDILRR funded grant with Wright State University focusing on the validation of mental health, substance abuse and career related screening tools in American Sign Language.  She is the founding Director of the Minnesota Substance Use Disorder Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Individuals, which opened in 1989 and was one of the first inpatient treatment programs for DHH Individuals in the country. Dr. Guthmann worked 17 years as the Director of Student Services at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, California where she was responsible for admissions, clinical services, I.E.P. implementation and due process. Dr. Guthmann has made over 200 national and international presentations, written numerous articles and several book chapters focusing on ethical issues, substance abuse and treatment models related to work with DHH individuals. Dr. Guthmann has also been involved in the development of a number of materials specifically designed for DHH individuals including an Anti-Tobacco and HIV Prevention Curriculum, a training DVD for clinicians and E-Cigarette prevention materials.

Course Outline

Course Outline

Resources & Support – 30 minutes

Start Here – 1 hour


Introduction to the American Sign Language: Screeners, Tests, Assessments, and Resources (ASL STAR) Online Portal in ASL – 19 hours

  • Overview of the translation process used to validate screeners from English to ASL
  • Introduction and use of  the ASL STAR Portal
  • Developing an understanding of mental health screening tools i.e. PHQ-9, GAD-7, BDI, SWLS, RSES, GAIN-SS
  • Developing an understanding of issues to consider when interpreting a suicide screener i.e. SBQ-R
  • Developing an understanding of terminology, vocabulary and sign choice considerations when using behavioral health screening tools


  • Course Evaluation and Post-Assessment – 1hr
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