Working with the Deaf: Do you know what it takes?

Thu, Jun 28th
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Macomb Oakland Regional Center
1270 Doris Rd
Auburn Hills
MI 48326

This minority community experiences gaps in mental health care in Michigan.  Per capita, Deaf people have more mental health needs than the general population, yet most mental health practitioners have little familiarity with the needs of Deaf people.  Working with a Deaf person requires knowledge of Deaf culture, an understanding of how Deaf people view Deafness and ASL, how typical interventions need to be modified to work for a person whose first language is ASL, as well as the laws that govern the use of interpreters.  The audience will be exposed to various factors that have an influence on a patient’s experience in behavioral health settings, such as etiology, dysfluent language deprivation.

Participants will learn the following:

  • Understand a few basics of Deaf culture
  • Understand why lack of early language acquisition occurs and how it may affect mental health.
  • Understand how typical interventions must be modified for Deaf patients.
  • Learn when you must use an interpreter, what kind of interpreter must be used, and who can interpret.

This seminar will be presented by Dylan Second, MSW, LLMSW.  Dylan is a proud Deaf person.  He received an associate degree in Liberal Arts from Oakland Community College, a Bachelor of Social Work from Madonna University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan — Ann Arbor.  He has a special certification in the field of substance abuse.  His focus is interpersonal practice and mental health.  Dylan currently works at DEAF C.A.N in Sylvan Lake, MI.  He provides behavioral health services and advocacy services to Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing people in medical and legal settings.  He volunteers for various organizations and events in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

This seminar offers 1 CE for social workers.  Sign to Voice interpreter provided.  Click here to register.