Enhancing Knowledge Through Online Learning

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

You can go to this URL  https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting- for more information on how to join the webinar.  More tips for using Zoom can be found HERE

All presentations are in the form of a webinar.  Links to the webinar will be sent out the same day as the event. This year our webinars will be hosted on Zoom.  To use this platform, please read documents on the Zoom Website.

Important:  In order to assure time to process your registration, the completed form and payment must be received 7 days prior to the event you wish to join.

The registration fee for all online discussions in the calendar year 2021 is just $35.*  

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 2020.  This fee is NOT pro-rated. This fee is included as part of the registration for participants of the 2019 MHIT Interpreter Institute.  Registration for 2021 will be included in the 2020 Interpreter Institute fees.

Presented by: DeeAnn Martinm CI/CT

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“Concept of Forest-Bathing in Mental Health”

Upcoming Events

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

November 8  Dance Therapy with Deaf/MI Adults.   Presenter: Sondra Malling   

January 10  Sexuality in Mental Health, Part 2

Presenter:  LeeAnne Valentine

March 14  Art Therapy

Presenter: Josie Abbenante

May 9  Toxic Positivity

Presenter: Selah Davison


July 11  TBA                      



September 12  TBA            


November 14 TBA      



Hello! My name is DeeAnn Martin and I'm passionate about my interpreting work, my family, and sharing with others the benefits of being near trees and in the woods. I hold a degree in Interpreting and Transliterating from St. Paul College, and a BA in Communication Studies, with a minor in Psychology, from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. My interpreting career spans 27 years and I


September 13, 2022

All discussions are conducted from
6:30 - 8:30 Central Standard Time (CST)

Presentation Flyer Available for Download HERE

The Purpose of the Training 

This Bi-monthly online discussion will provide participants with opportunities to interact with interpreters and clinicians in the field of deafness and explore research articles, discuss presentations and apply the online discussion to service provision.

Concepts of Forest Bathing in Mental Health is an introduction to and overview of Forest Bathing and what it is; the history of Forest Bathing; the benefits of Forest Bathing for mental/emotional/physical/spiritual health; and the research behind it. Often people forget to take the time for themselves to ground and rejuvenate and avoid burnout. This workshop includes an in-depth description of what a forest bathing experience consists of.


The Objectives of the Training:

  • Participants will describe what Forest Bathing is and how it applies in the counseling/interpreting fields.

  • Participants will assess the benefits of forest bathing among all disciples.

  • Participants will review resources in their home state for forest-bathing.



Target Audience:

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

 specialize in medical and mental health interpreting, both on-site and over video platforms.
Currently, I work in Video Relay Services with Purple Communications. My favorite VRS calls are medical and mental health-related, and I love community work, especially with elders who are Deaf. In July, I (re)launched my freelance interpreting business, Integrity Interpreting Services, LLC.
As an experienced hiker, I hike for 1-2 hours near my home almost every morning, and I enjoy longer day hikes every weekend; each hike includes forest bathing. I'm eager to share the benefits of being among trees with you!
Connect with Dee:
Mobile: 608-406-0398 v/relay/text
Email: deeadelemartin@gmail.com
Facebook: @IntegrityInterpretingServices
Facebook, Instagram, YouTube: @HealthJoyForests