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 2023 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.  This fee is NOT pro-rated. 

Upcoming Events

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

2024 Events

May 14        CODA and Family Therapy

                     Presenter: Sheila Jacobs

July 9            Somatic Experiencing Therapy
                     Presenter: Cara Miller

Sept 10       Language Deprivation and ASL Vocabulary                         Acquisition
                     Presenter: Naomi Caselli

Nov 12        Deaf Refugees and Mental Health
                     Presenter: Carly Fischbeck


Presented by: Jory Agate

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“Using IFS (Internal Family Systems) therapy with the Deaf

March 12, 2024

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

Presentation Flyer Available for Download HERE

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Jory Agate, LMHC, MDiv., MA, IFS Certified, is an Internal Family Systems therapist, trainer, and consultant with a private practice in Cambridge, MA. Jory is committed to creating a collaborative clinical space that honors the cultural uniqueness of her clients. She specializes in treating trauma without pathologizing individuals for the creative ways they may have learned to cope. Jory had previous careers as a Unitarian Universalist minister and Sign Language 

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.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an evidenced-based therapeutic model that views the multiplicity of the mind as our natural state. Drawing on inner wisdom, it seeks to heal the parts of ourselves that have developed maladaptive behaviors as protective strategies masking internal pain and shame. As an example, living with deafness may increase vulnerability to feel not good enough and then defensive, protective thoughts and behaviors to compensate. This workshop will present overview of the IFS model and its history and development. Strategies to utilize our innate healing energy to transform both defensive patterns and core vulnerability will also be shared.

The Objectives of the Training:

  • Identify the difference between protective parts and exiles.

  • Analyze and translate symptoms into parts language.

  • Identify the difference between proactive and reactive parts.

After the Training, participants will

  • Name at least 8 qualities of Self and how to identify it in their client’s system.
  • Name at least 8 steps of healing extreme parts.
  • Identify resources available to them on IFS.

Pre-reading: NA 

Target Audience:

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

interpreter/Deaf educator in the US and abroad. She works in English and ASL with hearing and Deaf individuals, families, couples, clergy, staff teams, and parents of individuals with major mental illness. Jory is a trainer/presenter for the IFS Institute, PESI, the Unitarian Universalist Association, and the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). In addition to her private practice, she provides training and consultation in IFS therapy, cultural agility, sexuality education, leadership development, and group dynamics. The mother of two young adults, one hearing and one Deaf, she lives with her wife and their pandemic puppy in Cambridge, MA.