Deaf Services - Training

Deaf Services Advocates Training

Live Training Offered Annually - Next Training TBD

The Deaf Services Advocates Program provides the opportunity for Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) and other DBH contracted providers to have staff designated as a Deaf Services Advocate. Advocates receive specialized training from the Office of Deaf Services. Training topics including DMH’s specialized service options for deaf and hard of hearing people; hearing loss and assistive technologies; legal and policy requirements for accessible services, and more. Training emphasizes the rights of deaf and hard of hearing people to make informed decisions about service delivery and communication options. Advocates enable deaf and hard of hearing people to navigate DMH services more easily and improve the quality of care they receive.

Beyond Accessibility: Understanding Language Inclusion

LUNA Language Services and EEOC Webinar (1 hour)

Effective communication strategies are vital to productive workplace lives because a mixture of diverse cultures with varying language fluency may lead to miscommunication, misunderstanding, and discrimination. When working to create an inclusive and respectful workplace, it’s important to think about details such as the native language of your coworkers, the culture related to their native geographic area, and their own literacy capabilities. Join LUNA Language Services and the EEOC for this panel discussion and listening session focused on exploring language, culture, and literacy when it comes to building an inclusive workplace environment.

Deaf Services Training

Full Version (11 Hours) - Temporarily Unavailable

The Deaf Services Training program is an introductory training for mental health clinicians who want to develop the cultural competence necessary to provide appropriate services to Deaf people. Topics include:

  • American Sign Language (ASL), including its features, its significance in the Deaf Community, and skill variance in the Deaf population;
  • Cultural aspects of the Deaf population;
  • Medical, psychosocial, and developmental aspects of the Deaf population;
  • Language and educational issues in the Deaf population including limitations in English fluency, lip-reading, literacy, and fund of information.
  • Effective working relationships between interpreters and clinicians;
  • Differences in diagnostic presentation, treatment approaches, and treatment effectiveness for deaf individuals vs. hearing individuals;
  • Effective working relationships in Deaf Services treatment teams.

Video Version (4 Hours)

The Deaf Services Training, Video Version is a condensed version of the full training above. The same topics are covered but in less depth and without supplemental readings. CMHC staff are encouraged to complete this training in Relias Learning to earn a training certificate. Relias Learning Lookup Code: MOCMHC-DEAFSERVICES

Working with People with Hearing Loss

Mental Health Practitioner Online Training (3 Hours)

This online training is from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division Mental Health Program at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. It helps mental health practitioners recognize the signs of hearing loss and how hearing loss impacts an individual’s emotional health, self-image, relationships, and ability to function in a world that relies on auditory information. This course focuses on the unique needs, issues and experiences of individuals who:

  • Have some degree of hearing loss;
  • May or may not accept that they have a hearing loss;
  • May have undiagnosed hearing loss;
  • Do not consider themselves deaf, even if their hearing loss is severe or profound;
  • Do not use sign language as their primary way of communicating.

Stepping Up: Training Materials for Substance Abuse Counselors

MN Chemical Dependency Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Webinar (1.5 hours)

Stepping Up address issues commonly encountered when working with deaf clients at various stages of treatment for substance use disorders. Materials include a series of videos and a discussion guide. Scenarios presented include counselors who can communicate directly in ASL as well as services provided through an interpreter.

More than Meets the Eye: An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center Webinar (1 Hour)

This training is from Dr. Christen Szymanski, director of Research and Evaluation at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, and a recognized expert on deaf and hard of hearing children with autism. She explains the early warning signs of autism that may be present in young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. She also discusses how some of the current characteristics, warning signs, and tools for diagnosing autism may not apply to children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Office of Deaf Services Webinars

Understanding Deaf Culture – Elijah Buchholz

This webinar introduces the concepts of providing culturally appropriate and linguistically accessible mental health services to members of the Deaf community. Participants will develop a basic understanding of Deaf culture and its specific needs. They will explore what American Sign Language is and how it affects the communication process in mental health treatment. Participants will also learn how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to working with Deaf individuals in mental health settings and how to work effectively with interpreters.

Working with Interpreters – Elijah Buchholz

This webinar will teach viewers how to effectively work with an interpreter in a mental health setting. While it is geared toward those working with sign language interpreters and deaf consumers; the tips can also be applied to work involving spoken language interpreters. Included are general tips as well as what to do before the session, during the session, and after the session.

Mental Health Interpreting

Interpreting in Mental Health Settings, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

This Standard Practice Paper helps interpreters understanding and meet the unique challenges of mental health interpreting. It presents mental health interpreting as a specialized are of practice, providing a framework that helps improve ethical conduct and professional competence.

Mental Health Interpreting Webshops, CATIE Center, St. Catherine University

Free, self-directed online workshops on various mental health topics for interpreters. 1.5 hours/.15 RID CEUs each.

Behavioral Health Modules, CATIE Center, St. Catherine University

Interactive online classes for certified interpreters with at least three years’ experience. Topics vary by registration date. 20 hours/2.0 RID CEUs per 5-week class.

Mental Health Interpreter Institute, Office of Deaf Services, Alabama DMH

Training includes 40 hours of live instruction on mental health interpreting from leading experts. It is the first of three steps to earn the Qualified Mental Health Interpreter (QMHI) credential. Offered annually in Montgomery, AL.