– CEUs HAVE BEEN APPROVED –
“The Intersection of Legal and Mental Health Interpreting”
9:00am to 12:00pm ..3 CEUs
Most people are not aware that every inpatient mental health hospital in Michigan contains a courtroom. As an interpreter, you may accept an assignment believing you will be interpreting for a psychiatric assessment, and instead find yourself at a hearing. This workshop will outline the ways in which mental health interpreting can quickly become legal. It will review the legal processes associated with involuntary mental health hospitalization in Michigan, and what role an interpreter can expect to play in these proceedings. In addition, the workshop will use case examples to highlight the importance of preparation for mental health work. The workshop will also touch on other ways that mental health work and legal work intersect, including forensic assessments, the petition and certification process, competency, CPS, etc.
Participants will engage in small group discussions of case examples to determine the best course of action in light of the Code of Professional Conduct (CPC), interpreting best practices, and State of Michigan law. Participants will be asked to brainstorm and role play conversations regarding role confusion, boundaries, and education regarding the law and CPC.
“Interpreting in Mental Health Crisis”
1:00pm to 4:00pm ..3 CEUs
Mental health crisis is not limited to a therapist’s office or inpatient hospital. It can happen at any place and time and it is important that interpreters understand how to respond.This workshop will review types of mental health crisis, how a consumer in crisis may present, and what types of information is key for the interpreter to convey during a crisis assessment.This workshop will debunk common myths of crisis work related to suicide and inpatient hospitalization, and will touch on topics of suicidality, self-abusive behaviors, homicidal statements, duty to warn, and involuntary hospitalization.The presenter will speak specifically to the ways that Deaf consumers present in crisis with reference to the work of Neil Glickman.
Participants will demonstrate understanding of symptoms of mental illness by listing affective presentation of the symptoms and identifying symptoms in the case studies. Participants will demonstrate understanding of interpreter's impact on crisis by first listening to presenter discuss the impact of interpreter's sign and voice choices and then applying knowledge during case study discussions.
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