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Interpreting During a Pandemic & Coping Skills

  • Saturday, April 17, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Saturday, April 17, 2021, 9:00 AM 11:00 AM (PDT)
  • Saturday, April 17, 2021, 11:00 AM 1:00 PM (PDT)
  • San Jose, CA (Zoom)


  • All are welcome to attend this important workshop for free. We are offering this workshop at no cost in an effort to prepare interpreters to return to in person work in partnership with our Deaf Community. (This option does not include CEUs)
  • For CEUs please use this registration and know that your funds go towards NorCRID's continued work to support the Education of Interpreters in the Bay Area.
  • If the work NorCRID does speaks to you and you are able to donate to our continued work in the community please let us know by sponsoring our work. All profits from this workshop will be shared with DCARA our local Deaf Counseling Advocacy and Referral Agency. We are so grateful to be working in partnership with them and their support of our interpreting and Deaf community.

 Interpreting During a Pandemic 

April 17, 20219am-11am

($25 for CEUS)

This workshop will prepare interpreters to work in a variety of settings safely while avoiding infection exposure and transmission. It will also facilitate a professional discussion on emerging best practices for interpreters during the COVID-19 pandemic. Concepts taught during this session include:  Advocacy, COVID-19 Self Assessment, COVID-19 Testing (including best practices, interpreting results and return to work safety), Risk Assessment and PPE choices, and donning and doffing PPE. 


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Holly Newstead CI, CT, NIC-A, SC:L, FF1, CA-EMT

Holly graduated NTID at RIT in 1988. She currently works in Northern California as a freelance interpreter and for the California Courts.

In 1988 she became a NY EMT and worked out of Beth Israel on an ambulance crew.  After moving to Northern CA in 1998 she became a CA EMT and FireFighter 1, and has volunteered with Anderson Valley Fire Department for 20 years. 

From 2010-2016 she worked with Emergency Services District in Black Rock City, NV as a QRV medic, Rampart triage medic, Thunderdome medic, and Station medic  for Burning Man. 

She also runs a circus school in Mendocino with her husband.   

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 Sheridan Laine, NIC

Sheridan is the current president of NorCRID and has been interpreting since 2005. She is also the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Red Cross Disability Integration Lead. She first started volunteering with the Red Cross during the Tubbs and Mendocino fire complex in 2014 with the Shelter Support Team as the first Interpreter to deploy in the Interpreter GAP with the Red Cross. She now advises, recruits, audits and trains for the Red Cross regarding Disability Inclusion for persons with access and functional needs. Her passion for Disability inclusion comes from her family and personal experience with Disability. She has 3 kids, a husband, a dog and 3 chickens in San Jose, CA.

Coping skills: Taking care of your well-being as an interpreter during Pandemic 

APRIL 17, 11am-12pm (0.1 CEU)

To improve ability to cope with stressors in order to provide good quality person to person , live interpreting or video interpreting including situations that may be high risk for covid contagion.Better understanding of common stressors experienced by service providers and be able to identify the areas in their lives that could use more support or improvement. Participants will learn about new coping skills to apply immediately and will also learn about other resources to gain more support and education. 

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Joni Teague, LCSW

Joni Teague is a Deaf licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who has worked in the field of Deaf mental health for over 15 years. Joni has worked at 2 different programs that provided mental health services for Deaf and Hard of hearing adults, children and families. These programs were Adult and Child Guidance Center in San Jose ( ACGC) which is now called Family and Children Services (FCS). Joni provided both direct services counseling and also was the program manager at Deaf Community counseling Services ( DCCS ) in San Francisco and Alameda county. Joni was also worked with DCARA to host the My Mind Matters event in 2019, which presented workshops to Deaf community about mental health topics. Currently Joni is working in solo private practice doing online videotherapy with both Deaf and Hearing individuals. Joni has always lived in the Bay area, has 2 siblings who are also Deaf and enjoy life with her husband, has 4 adult children and one baby grandson, born last year just before th pandemic.

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