Module dates: July 27 – August 28, 2020

      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 who may have a substance use disorder.

      This module will cover:

      -Overview of Screeners, Assessments and Tests
      -The Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Process
      -American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria
      -Addiction Severity Index (ASI)
      -American Sign Language: Screeners, Tests, Assessments, and Resources (ASL STAR)

      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 August 28, 2020. 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

      Module filled!

      We will offer this module in 2021.

      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 July 27.

      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 September 18. Please hold any questions about CEUs and your transcript until after September 18.

      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 
      • Start Here 
        • Pre-Assessment

      Assessments & Screeners 

      Introduction to the differences between a Screener and an Assessment

      • Developing an understanding of an intake and treatment plan

      Introduction to challenges of interpreting Assessments

      • Overview of interpreting challenges in mental health and substance use settings
      • Developing an understanding of cultural issues during intake or assessment in mental health settings

      Introduction to Interpreting Challenging Questions in Clinical Interview

      • Overview of Clinician and ASL Interpreters responsibilities
      • Developing an understanding of sign and culture challenges while interpreting in a clinical interview.

      The Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Process and Introduction to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria 

      Introduction to the SBIRT Process

      • Overview of the key components of the SBIRT process
      • Developing an understanding of screening tools, cultural and linguistic isses used in the SBIRT process

      Introduction to the ASAM Criteria

      • Overview of ASAM criteria as a tool in establishing standardized treatment planning.
      • Developing an understanding of how ASAM criteria helps to create a comprehensive assessment service plan.

      Addiction Severity Index 

      Addition Severity Index (ASI) Objectives

      • Overview of key components in the ASI index.
        1. Medical Status

      2. Employment and Support

      3. & 4. Drug/Alcohol Use

      5. Legal Status

      6. Family History

      7. Psychiatric Status

      • Developing an understanding of cultural and linguistic issues when interpreting the ASI

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

      • Overview of translation process to validate screeners
      • Introduction to the ASL STAR Portal
      • Client Management when using the ASL STAR Portal
      • Developing an understanding of a variety of drug and/or alcohol screening tools

      Advice for Interpreters from Clinicians

      • Interview with Karran
      • Interview with Makoto


      • Post-Assessment
      • Course Evaluation and Post-Assessment

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