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Mental Health Interpreting with Sheli Barber

  • Saturday, October 22, 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • San Mateo Library 55 W 3rd St., San Mateo CA ** Laurel Room **
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  • A student studying to become an ASL Interpreter or member of the ASL Community, but not working as an interpreter.
  • Current member of local chapters of RID
  • Member of RID, but NOT a current member of NorCRID or SaVRID.

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The workshop provides an introduction to working in mental health settings. Participants will be introduced to a the wide variety of situations and consumers in the setting, mental health discourse, situational ethics and resources.


Topics covered:

  • Deaf experiences with the Mental Health 
  • Mental Health settings
  • Mental Health continuum
  • Roles and functions
  • Interpreting errors
  • Role plays

Educational Objectives: Participants will demonstrate a concrete understanding of the variety of situations of interpreting in the mental health setting; Participants will be able to identify their role and the boundaries in the mental health setting; Participants will be able to identify Mental health continuum from psychiatrically disturbed to people who are seeking self-growth/enlightenment.

Ms. Barber is a Deaf psychotherapist, licensed in California. She obtained her Master’s degree in mental health counseling from Gallaudet University. Upon graduating from Gallaudet University, she worked as a therapist at Sound Mental Health in Seattle, Washington for five years. She then worked as Direct Services Coordinator and as a counselor with Seattle’s Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS), where she specialized in working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Currently, she is a therapist with Deaf Counseling Center, a Deaf-owned and operated counseling and consulting practice staffed by Deaf licensed professional therapists. 

Ms. Barber has presented at schools and conferences in the Deaf community, covering numerous mental health issues, including Cyberbullying, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Conflict Management Skills and Positive Parenting. She also co-authored a chapter in the book, Psychotherapy with Diverse Deaf Clients on Treating Sexual Survivors. In addition, Ms. Barber is an Adjunct Faculty at Ohlone College where she teaches courses such as Counseling the Deaf, Human Potential, Medical Interpreting and Mental Health Interpreting.

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