Since the first Interpreter Institute, more than 1,000 different people have been trained, an average of 72 new people every year. Many have attended more than one Institute. Below are class pictures from each of the past Institutes, along with links to our Flickr page where you can see pictures take thruoghout each week
This year, the Institute ran July 31 – August 4 and drew 90 participants in the core track and another 47 in the alumni only track. Altogether, 175 people were on hand through the week, including staff and faculty. Participants came from 29 states combined between the two tracks. Delaware and North Dakota were represented in the alumni but not in the core track, which had 27 states represented. In a break from the past several institutes, there were no interpreters from other countries, nor where there any interpreters working in spoken languages. As in the past several years, this class filled up early – this time in mid-February – and waiting list was begun. This list eventually grew to over 70 names before officials just simply stopped accepting more. MHIT has been increasingly more competitive and selective regarding who is accepted.
Nearly 175 people from around the country descended on Montgomery, AL July 30th for the week-long 16th annual Mental Health Interpreter Training Institute, held Troy University – Montgomery Campus. Attendees represented 29 states and Canada.
This year, for the third straight year, there were two tracks, one for “first-time” participants, and one for alumni of previous Institutes who wanted to come back to gain further knowledge. The “Core”, which is the main Institute had 91 registered participants, while the Alumni Track had 43. This year’s class was well-educated and experienced. Over a third of the class had Masters degrees in various disciplines. All but a handful were nationally certified for five or more years. There were 11 Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDI). This challenged the instructors to explore the curriculum in great depth, which in turn, challenges the participants.