Bimonthly online discussions are continuing education opportunities for mental health interpreters and clinician who work with deaf consumers.  QMHI's are required to have 40 contact hours continuing education per year.

All presentations are in the form of a webinar.  Links to the webinar will be send out a few days prior to the event.  This year our webinars will be hosted on Citrix (GoToMeeting).  To use this platform Please read documents on the Citrix Website. You can download a full User Guide HERE.

Important:  In order to assure time to process your registration, completed form and payment must be received 7 days prior to the event you wish to join.
Registration fee for all online discussions in calendar year 2016 is just $35.*User Guide HERE>

How to Register:

  • Send a check for $35.00 made out to ADARA- MHIT Fund along with the completed form to:

Shannon Reese, Services Coordinator
Alabama Department of Mental Health
Office of Deaf Services
P.O. Box 301410
Montgomery, AL  36130

* January to December 2017.  This fee is NOT pro rated. This fee is included as part of the registration for participants of the 2015 MHIT Interpreter Institute.  Registration for 2017 will be included in the 2016 Interpreter Institute fees.

Amanda Somdal

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March 13, 2018

“Poor Deaf or Monster: Discussion about Batterers”

Upcoming Events

All Events run 6:30 - 8:30 PM Central Time

Amanda Somdal, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and the director of My Choice Counseling Services. She provides mental health therapy to individuals, couples, and families and facilitates a deaf batterers’ intervention program. Amanda also works at Five Acres Deaf Program as a homebase therapist. She has worked at Valley Trauma Center, DC Rape Crisis Center, DeafREACH, Family Circle, Samadana, and St. John’s Health Center, Deaf Program. Her passion is working with sexual assault survivors and has been working with them for over 20 years. She’s worked with deaf batterers (both 

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


May 8                    Psychosis and Thought Disorders
                                      Moderator: Kimberly Mathos, MD

July 10                  TBA  

September 11       TBA                                

November 13        TBA

Target Audience:

Interpreters in Mental Health, Community Interpreters, Mental Health Professionals, School Counselors

Presentation Flyer Available for Download HERE

You only need to register once each calendar year

Registrations will need to be submitted

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men and women) for the past 9 years and enjoys the challenges that come with working with batterers. Amanda loves giving workshops and trainings on a wide range of issues from mental health issues, sexual assault, and domestic violence to deaf culture and mental health interpreting. Amanda served on several boards and currently is on the Association of Batterer’s Intervention Program board and served as chair for the Advocacy Council for Abused Deaf Children for three years. Amanda graduated from California State University, Northridge with a B.A. in sociology and a minor in Human Sexuality, and from Gallaudet University with a MSW in Social work and a M.S. in Administration and Supervision.

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