Workshop Description: The opioid epidemic is a major concern in today’s society. We as interpreters need to be prepared if we are called to interpret in these types of situations. This workshop will help us prepare for interpreting assignments by teaching us about substance use disorders, available treatments, evidence based models, screening tools, and interventions. We will also hear from a nurse about her personal journey. At the end of the workshop there will be a 30-minute round table discussion lead by Heather Foster to discuss some interpreting options on the topics just learned.
Presenter Information: Corey Richardson earned his doctorate from A.T. Still University in applied health science research, and an MBA from Salve Regina University. He is a licensed clinical addictions specialist and clinical supervisor by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. He is the CEO and Clinical Director of Integrated Care of Greater Hickory, formerly Rudisill Family Practice and Behavioral Health Services, which offers medical, behavioral, and toxicology services to Catawba and Burke Counties. He published in psychology and law journals, and most recently in the Journal of the American Academy of PAs publication on substance use disorders within the profession. He just finished a year-long research project for the North Carolina Physician Health Program on treatment readiness in PAs with substance use disorders in a state monitoring program to be presented at the next annual Federation of State Physician Health Programs. He has spoken regularly on integrated care methods and substance use disorders for AccessCare and Project Lazarus. Heather Foster is the Deaf Services Specialist with DSDHH in Morganton. She was born Deaf to hearing parents and has two sisters, one who is also Deaf. Heather grew up primarily in Morganton and went to NC School for the Deaf. During her junior and senior years she attended East Burke High School as a mainstreamed student and graduated in 1988. Heather has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Gallaudet University and a Master’s degree in Deaf Studies from McDaniel College. She has travelled to Costa Rica, Panama, China, Hong Kong, Thailand and to many states here in the United States. She enjoys being with her family, traveling, camping, and be with friends. For the last eight years she was a stay at home mom and worked as a substitute teacher at North Carolina School for the Deaf, Florida School for the Deaf/Blind and Maryland School for the Deaf. Heather feels she has moved more than enough in the last five years and therefore decided to come back home, where she grew up, to raise her son, Trever, who is 8 years old.