Professional Development

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Workshop Descriptions:

It's Not Just Therapy: Interpreting in Mental Health
The goal of this workshop is to increase competency and effectiveness wheninterpreting in mental health settings. This workshop will explain the mental healthfield, describe clinicians you may encounter, and expound on an interpreter’srole in this dynamic and complex setting. This workshop will address interpreterspecificinformation such as the role of the interpreter, how to effectively navigatean interpreting assignment, and the subtleties involved in this specialized arena.Participants will learn an overview of mental health topics such as dysfluency,terminology, definitions, symptoms, assessment, and common diagnoses. Participantswill learn specifics of mental health interpreting, including legal and cultural intricaciesand their implications as well as ethics of mental health interpreting. Participantswill learn about the process of diagnosing and treating a variety of mental illnessesand substance-related disorders. The presenter will assist participants to develop theskills necessary to work in a more ethical, proficient, and effective manner with bothclinicians and consumers and prepare participants for more advanced mental healthinterpreting within the standards of practice.

Presented in English. ASL Interpretation provided upon request. Please request no later than two weeks prior.

July 18, 2015
9:00am-5:00pm
Cost: $69

Time To Rethink Feedback
What makes successful companies successful? By investigating the way thatcompanies such as the Ritz-Carlton, Chick-fil-a, and Apple succeed. The results revealthat one of the factors for their success in becoming leaders in their industry, is howthey provide feedback to their employees. This workshops expands on their feedbackmodel and adapts these useful strategies to the interpreting profession.

Presented in English. ASL Interpretation provided upon request. Please request no later than two weeks prior.

July 19, 2015
1:00 - 4:00pm
Cost: $29

Register for both workshops for a reduced price! $89 (save $9).

About the Presenter:

Shane Westmoreland, M.A., is a certified American Sign Language Interpreter with more than 10 years of experience. His current specializations include medical and mental health interpretation. He currently serves as a staff interpreter at a network of hospitals in the metro Washington, DC area. Prior to his career in ASL interpretation, Shane worked as a Sexual Assault Victims Advocate for the State Attorney’s Office of Florida.

He later earned a Master’s in Clinical Psychology, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the field of Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in neuropsychology. His research interests include the therapeutic alliances that form when working with an interpreter as well as the prevalence of compassion fatigue among interpreters.

Shane was trained at Neuropsychology Associates of Fairfax to administer multiple psychological batteries and incorporate and integrate information from clinical interviews, and behavioral observations for individuals with suspected neuropsychological impairments. Additionally, he was a psychology extern at the River School of Washington, D.C., a leader in clinical research and training in the area of child language and literacy as it related to hearing loss and aural rehabilitation. Currently, Shane is receiving training in adolescent and family therapy and the Child Guidance Clinic of the DC Superior Courts.

He has presented locally and nationally on a variety of topics including mental health and medical interpreting, interpreter ethics, Video Remote Interpreting (VRI), and Video Relay Service (VRS) interpreting. In addition, Shane has conducted on-site program evaluations and provided advisement as to fidelity to program standards and modifications needed to meet the unique needs of individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.