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.
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.
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 fromthe 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.
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.
If you’re curious what topics are covered in this course, here is the full outline:
History of Mental Health Services
Discussion Forum: Stigma & Bias
Mental Health Care Systems
Mental Health Settings
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
Substance Use/Abuse Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Knowledge Check-In: Disorders
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
Boundaries in Our Work
Activity: Boundary Assessment
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
The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal government.
Advancing ASL-English Healthcare Interpreters St. Catherine University’s CATIE Center Project Level Up is funded by the US Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Award #H160D210004.
The project contents; however, do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1221e-3 and 3474).