Melissa Anderson, Ph.D., MSCI, is Assistant Professor, psychologist, and clinical researcher in the University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Psychiatry. She completed her graduate work at 
Gallaudet University, where she studied intimate partner violence and trauma in the Deaf community. At UMass, Melissa provides individual therapy to Deaf clients recovering from trauma and addiction and conducts research on best approaches for working with Deaf clients. She is the recipient of a Clinical Research Scholar Award (KL2) administered by the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science, with which she and a team of Deaf and Hearing clinicians and community members are developing and testing a digital American Sign Language therapy manual for treating trauma and addiction.
Melissa Anderson

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ANNOUNCING 2019 Clinical Training

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Intended for Signing Audiences

This session is targeted at service providers who specialize in some aspect of deafness (therapists, rehabilitation counselors and specialists, direct care staff, substance abuse providers, teachers and education staff, and interpreters, etc.).  The presenter will discuss various aspects of working with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing impacted by language deprivation.  This course will include a discussion of barriers that deaf/hard of hearing individuals face, unique characteristics of the population, best practice approaches, and cultural and linguistic differences that are part of the developmental process for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

9:30 am to 4:00 pm (5.5 clock hours) *Lunch on your own

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Intended for Non-Signing Audiences

This session is targeted at service providers who do not specialize in deafness yet may work with individuals who are deaf. The presenter will discuss various aspects of deafness and the complications inherent in working with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing impacted by language deprivation.  This course will include a discussion of barriers that deaf/hard of hearing individuals face, unique characteristics of the population, best practice approaches, and cultural and linguistic differences that are part of the developmental process for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.


9:00 am to 3:00 pm (5.0 clock hours) *Lunch on your own

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Registration and Payment

$40 if paid prior to March 1, 2019

$50 if paid on or after March 1

$20 registration for full time ITP Students (Non-certified, non-working) if paid prior to March 1

$30 registration for full time ITP Students (Non-certified, non-working) if paid on or after to March 1

Registration fee waived for mployees of ADMH, CMHCs, DD and SA contract providers of Alabama Department of Mental Health.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  Download and fill out the appropriate registration form after making payment and return to The Office of Deaf Services. Payment may be made by PayPal (CTRL+click on your selection below) or checks can be written to ADARA and mailed to aAlabama Department of Mental Health, Office of Deaf Services, PO Box 301410, Montgomery, AL 36130.  

Info You Can Use

Please enter the parking lot via the NORTHEAST parking lot entrance across from ADEM. Continue driving until you reach the NORTHWEST OR WEST parking lots. This will provide you with easy access to the training location. There will be a security guard at the entrance to the building, directly in front of the WEST parking lot area. You will need to sign in upon arrival before proceeding to the conference room. Please do NOT enter at the main entrance of ADOT.

Location: Alabama Department of Transportation (ADOT) in Montgomery, Al.

The address is 1409 Coliseum Boulevard, Montgomery, AL 36110 in Conference Room 5. Please enter the parking lot via the NORTHEAST parking lot entrance across from ADEM. Continue driving until you reach the NORTHWEST OR WEST parking lots. This will provide you with easy access to the training location. There will be a security guard at the entrance to the building, directly in front of the WEST parking lot area. You will need to sign in upon arrival before proceeding to the conference room. Please do NOT enter at the main entrance of ADOT.

About the Workshop:

A person impacted by language deprivation may struggle with concepts of time, story sequencing/developing a coherent narrative, a sense of self, cause-and-effect/the concept of why?, experiences of powerlessness/confusion, rigid modes of behavior, ability to learn from mistakes (use of generalizations), lacks awareness of others’ need for context, lacks theory of mind (understanding others’ perspectives), lack of understanding of limits to others’ ability to figure out the message, abstract concepts, difficulty learning, emotional regulation, acting out of emotions/feelings, struggles in relationships, can lead to victimization or victimizing, competency to stand trial, reduced fund of information, etc.

This session is targeted at service providers who specialize in some aspect of deafness (therapists, rehabilitation counselors and specialists, direct care staff, substance abuse providers, teachers and education staff, and interpreters, etc.).  The presenter will discuss various aspects of working with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing impacted by language deprivation.  This course will include a discussion of barriers that deaf/hard of hearing individuals face, unique characteristics of the population, best practice approaches, and cultural and linguistic differences that are part of the developmental process for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
 
During this training, participants will gain a thorough understanding of the impact of language deprivation within the deaf community.
  • Discuss the barriers that are present for the deaf population
  • Develop population specific skills in recognizing thoughts, behaviors, cultural influences of language deprivation in the deaf population
  • Discussing dilemmas that emerge from this field of work
 
After the training, participants will be able to:
  • Identify challenges of work with individuals who are Deaf and have experienced language deprivation.
  • Recognize culturally and linguistically appropriate approaches as they relate to deaf and hard of hearing communities;
  • Identify strategies to engage deaf and hard of hearing consumers with language deprivation;
  • Develop resource strategies for effective treatment and service options
  • Discuss interpreting considerations related to communication approaches and alliances


 

More Information and Registration Details 

The Impact of Language Deprivation on Our Work Serving Deaf Individuals in Mental Health, Social Service, and Educational Settings

Dates:

April 11 (Deaf/Signing Audience)  9:30 am to 4:00 pm (5.5 clock hours)

April 12  (Hearing/Non-Signing Audience) 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (5 clock hours)