About the Presenter

Dates: All times are Central Time

April 28, 2021 (Deaf/Signing Audience)  10:00 am to 4:00 pm (5 clock hours)

April 29, 2021  (Hearing/Non-Signing Audience) 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (4.0 clock hours)

 

2022 Deafness and

Clinical Training 

Deaf Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Gabriel Lomas, Ph.D.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Intended for Non-Signing Audiences

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Dr. Lomas will address risk factors in societal, educational, and rehabilitative settings that can increase the risk of incarceration in prisons and/or psychiatric settings for individuals who are deaf.  He will make recommendations on reformation strategies regarding how service providers can help reduce those risks. This presentation will identify and explain the challenges and complications that lead to youth who are deaf becoming part of the juvenile justice system and eventually the adult prison pipeline. Additionally, the presenter will unify disparate research which indicates nexus points that serve to force deaf children in the school-to-prison pipeline. This presentation will explain how the lack of accessible treatment options contributes to incidents that become legal issues and discuss recidivism. Once these risk factors are reviewed, prevention strategies will also be discussed.  


This session is targeted at service providers who do not specialize in some aspect of deafness including Mental Health Professionals, Nurses, Social Workers, Counselors, Rehabilitation Counselors, Case Managers, Psychologists, MH, SA, and DD Providers, Group Home Staff, Educators, Educational staff, Interpreters in Mental Health, Community Interpreters, Educational Interpreters, etc. 



10:00 am to 3:00 pm (4.0 clock hours)  *One-hour lunch break

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Intended for Signing Audiences

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Dr. Lomas will address the societal, educational, and rehabilitative influences that can increase the risk of incarceration in prisons and/or psychiatric settings for individuals who are deaf. He will make recommendations regarding how service providers can help reduce those risks. This presentation will identify and explain the challenges and complications that lead to youth who are deaf becoming part of the juvenile justice system and eventually the prison pipeline. Additionally, the presenter will unify disparate research which indicates nexus points that serve to force deaf children in the school-to-prison pipeline. This presentation will explain how the lack of accessible treatment options contributes to incidents that become legal issues and discuss recidivism. Once these risk factors are reviewed, prevention strategies will also be discussed.

This session is targeted at service providers who specialize in some aspect of deafness (therapists, rehabilitation counselors, specialists, direct care staff, substance abuse providers, teachers, education staff, 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.

10:00 am to 4:00 (5.0 clock hours) *One-hour lunch break

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Gabriel Lomas, Ph.D., is the Program Director of Counseling Programs at Gallaudet University. Prior to his recent hire at Gallaudet, he was a professor of educational psychology (Counseling) at Western Connecticut State University. Over his career, he has won over $6 Million in grants from the Federal Government and from other public and private agencies allowing him to lead innovation in the field. He established a simulation center at his former institution, training mental health professionals to work in an integrated manner with medical professionals. Additionally, he has deep expertise in forensic assessment, and has been involved with over 2,000 cases, including hundreds of cases in which he has given expert witness testimony. A former editor of the Journal of the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (JADARA), Lomas has produced a great deal of scholarship, including a recent co-edited book, “Deaf People in the Criminal Justice System” (Gallaudet Press, 2021), with Deb Guthmann and Damara Paris. He lives with his family in the suburbs outside of New York City and, in his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and working in the garden with his children.

Training will be Virtual