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

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:

Sheila Jacobs, MFT and June Walatkiewicz, LMSW, ACSW, LMFT BCD

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“Generational Impact of Deaf Language Deprivation on CODAs

May14, 2024

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

Presentation Flyer Available for Download HERE

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Sheila Jacobs, MFT, is a marriage and family therapist in Albany, California who specializes in working with children of deaf adults (CODA). She offers psychological and counseling services, including aptitude testing and diagnostic evaluations for learning disabilities. Jacobs grew up in Oakland, California, in a diverse family and community. She is bilingual, using American Sign Language (ASL) with her deaf family and English at school. Her experiences growing up in two worlds, the Deaf world and the Hearing world, have educated her about the issues deaf and other multi-cultural groups face daily. Jacobs has a BA in Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs from SF State CA, and attended John F. Kennedy University from 1985–1987. She has also written for Psychiatry Advisor and Neurology Advisor.

June Walatkiewicz, M.A. in Social Work, LMSW, ACSW, LMFT BCD, Hearing Loss Specialist, is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed marriage and family therapist with over 30 years of experience in the mental health field. As a child of Deaf Parents with sign language communication skills which were formalized as a qualified Interpreter for the Deaf. June later expanded her educational goals by obtaining her Master's in Social Work from Wayne State University. She specializes in outpatient mental health with individuals with hearing loss in the tri-county area. Previously, she was recognized as Social Worker of the Year by MI-NASW for her work with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  June has served on the NASW-MI Mental Health Task Force for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing and continues to advocate for equal access for this population.  She has given presentations to medical residents at Beaumont Hospital, Michigan Rehabilitation, Sign Language Students at Madonna University and Macomb Community College, Health Care Insurance Providers, Parent Support Groups, and other interested groups on the unique treatment issues for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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.

This informational workshop will provide the definition of how Deaf Language Deprivation Syndrome (LDS) on CODAs’ development. It will highlight key points around the impact that LDS has had generationally on deaf people and their children and how it affects the ASL field.

The Objectives of the Training:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Language Deprivation Syndrome and how it impacts CODAs.

  • Analyze reasons why it is essential to recognize how LDS impacts Deaf people.

  • Assess ways LDS has historically affected deaf parents and their limited knowledge in raising their hearing children, including teaching them language.

After the Training, participants will

  • Name at least 2 main components of LDS on CODAs.
  • Name at least 3 reasons why this research is essential for understanding CODAs.
  • Name 2-3 ways in which LDS has a primary impact on the language of CODAs and their families.

Pre-reading: NA 

Target Audience:

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