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Fundamentals of Working Competently with the Deaf Population

The sign language-using Deaf population is a linguistic and cultural minority group generally unfamiliar to many service providers. The hearing, sign-fluent presenter has worked exclusively in this field for 40 years, as a clinician, researcher, and teacher. Misconceptions regarding "lipreading," English literacy, sign language versus English, information access ("fund of information"), and the realities of interpreting work hamper effective service provision. This presentation will assist providers to work more effectively with Deaf persons. It will address an array of historic, linguistic, developmental, ethical, legal, and culturally-relevant matters. Significant content will relate directly to mental status exam topics and differential diagnosis of language anomalies that are often unique to this population. Keys to working effectively with sign language interpreters will be offered. Time will be allotted for questions and discussion.

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Fundamentals of Working Competently with the Deaf Population

Friday, March 15, 2024, 10:00 AM EDT

Presenter: Robert Q Pollard, Jr

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Course Length: 3 Hours

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe key differences between ASL and English
  2. List 3 key events in mentioned in relation to Deaf history (legal or culural)
  3. Explain why "lipreading" and literacy are challenging for many deaf people
  4. Define "fund of information" and explain its relevance to working with deaf people
  5. Explain "language deprivation" and why it presents a key differential diagnosis problem
  6. List 3 "realities of interpreting work" presented during this workshop
  7. List 3 tips for working successfully with sign langauge interpreters
  8. Define what a "Certified Deaf Interpreter" is and how their work differs from a traditional sign language interpreter
  9. List 4 areas of the mental status examination that may well differ regarding deaf versus hearing persons
  10. Mention 2 aspects of Deaf culture that may lead to misunderstandings or conflict with hearing people
  11. Describe how the ADA and "scope of practice" expectations are relevant to practice with deaf consumers
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The sign language-using Deaf population is a linguistic and cultural minority group generally unfamiliar to many service providers. The hearing, sign-fluent presenter has worked exclusively in this field for 40 years, as a clinician, researcher, and teacher. Misconceptions regarding "lipreading," English literacy, sign language versus English, information access ("fund of information"), and the realities of interpreting work hamper effective service provision. This presentation will assist providers to work more effectively with Deaf persons. It will address an array of historic, linguistic, developmental, ethical, legal, and culturally-relevant matters. Significant content will relate directly to mental status exam topics and differential diagnosis of language anomalies that are often unique to this population. Keys to working effectively with sign language interpreters will be offered. Time will be allotted for questions and discussion.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe key differences between ASL and English
  2. List 3 key events in mentioned in relation to Deaf history (legal or culural)
  3. Explain why "lipreading" and literacy are challenging for many deaf people
  4. Define "fund of information" and explain its relevance to working with deaf people
  5. Explain "language deprivation" and why it presents a key differential diagnosis problem
  6. List 3 "realities of interpreting work" presented during this workshop
  7. List 3 tips for working successfully with sign langauge interpreters
  8. Define what a "Certified Deaf Interpreter" is and how their work differs from a traditional sign language interpreter
  9. List 4 areas of the mental status examination that may well differ regarding deaf versus hearing persons
  10. Mention 2 aspects of Deaf culture that may lead to misunderstandings or conflict with hearing people
  11. Describe how the ADA and "scope of practice" expectations are relevant to practice with deaf consumers

Agenda:
Part 1 (50 minutes)
Greeting and introduction
“Normal Differentness”
The essential linguistic fundamentals
The essential historic fundamentals
The essential cross-cultural fundamentals

Part 2 (45 minutes)
Developmental opportunities and their psychological impact
Language deprivation, dysfluency, and differential diagnosis

Part 3 (25 minutes)
Working effectively with interpreters

Part 4 (25 minutes)
Considering Deaf consumers through the lens of the mental status examination

Part 5 (15 minutes)
Ethical and legal responsibilities pertaining to working with Deaf consumers

Part 6 (20 minutes)
Resources
Questions and discussion


This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
Course Level: introductory
Level of Clinician: intermediate
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

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