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Subject: Deaf/Educational Interpreters/Mental Health Interpreting

Source: Heidi Atkins Lieberman, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Interpreters, Administrators, Disability Services Providers

Date: January 30, 2008

One of the National Centers of Deafness, funded by the U. S. Department of Education as a Professional Development Center, PEPNet-South, will host a free TeleTraining for interpreters, administrators, disability services providers, and others on February 25, 2008, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. (CDT) entitled: "An Inside Look-What Educational Interpreters Need to Know about Mental Health Interpreting."

Presenter: Charlene Crump, B.S., CI/CT, ASLTA-Q, QMHI, is the statewide Mental Health Interpreter Coordinator for the Office of Deaf Services, Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. 

This TeleTraining is designed to share information about the unique challenges of interpreting in the mental health setting.  Many educational interpreters may think that they will not or do not interpret in mental health situations.  However, most interpreters will find themselves in this situation at some point in their career.

Some of the topics that will be discussed in this TeleTraining are:

*The prevalence of mental health interpreting in community and educational interpreting.

*Various techniques that are currently considered the standard for best practice that may be counter-effective when working with individuals who are mentally ill.

*Confidentiality and issues of alliances in mental health settings compared to non-mental health settings. 

To register for the TeleTraining, please complete the online registration form at http://www.pepnet.org/training/train080225/.  After registering online, you will be sent the long distance phone number and conference access code prior to the TeleTraining. 

Individuals needing sign language interpreters to access the TeleTraining can call into the conference through the video relay service provider of their choice.  Remote captioning services will also be available for Deaf and Hard of Hearing participants.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennie Bourgeois at jsbourg@lsu.edu or 225-578-4913.


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