Mental and Behavioral Health: Biases, Stigmas and Prejudices in Mental Health Settings
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This course is designed to prepare Interpreters who want to become knowledgeable of the Mental/Behavioral Health (MH/BH) Interpreting. All the techniques and tools provided will be immediately applied to understand and incorporate techniques while in various MH/BH settings. Upon completion of this workshop, all participants will have the basic tools to determine their ability and awareness of their own stigmas to work in this specialized setting. Scenarios and self-reflection exercises will enhance the learning process.
Debbie provides over 30 years of experience as a highly accomplished professional certified sign language interpreter. Born and raised in St. Louis, Debbie worked as a Medical Technologist with the State of Missouri’s Health and Human Services, in various positions for over 22 years. Given her extensive medical laboratory experience, she found a new calling as an American Sign Language Interpreter, specializing in Mental Health.
Prior to moving to the Houston area, Debbie was certified through the Missouri Interpreter Certification System (MICS) Level 4/5, Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) Level III. Currently, she holds a Certificate of Interpretation and Certificate of Transliteration (CI/CT) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. After completing the Missouri Mental Health Interpreter Training, she became certified in 2002 and has continuously pursued training and worked in various Mental Health settings. While staying upfront with the changes in Mental Health, she has attended the State of Alabama’s Mental Health Training (MHIT) in 2007 and the Alumni track in 2019.
In addition to her experience as a professional interpreter, Debbie has presented numerous workshops, locally and nationally, served as a mentor to novice and experienced interpreters, served several leadership positions within the Deaf Community and Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf (TSID).
Debbie values mentoring and training others as it drives her own perpetual learning as she follows the motto of “Learn, then teach what you learn, allows you to learn twice.”
While not interpreting, Debbie enjoys her time with her husband, two sons, a stepdaughter, eight grandchildren (ages 6 months to 23 years), and four great-grandchildren.