Region II - Upcoming Workshop

14th Annual Mental Health Interpreter Training Institute


July 25-29, 2016

Montgomery, Alabama


A presentation of Mental Health Interpreter Training Project

Office of Deaf Services, Alabama Department of Mental Health

In Partnership with ADARA and Troy University



The Interpreter Institute is:

 A 40 - hour course designed to provide a sound basis for interpreters to work effectively in mental health
settings as part of a professional team.  It includes lectures, demonstrations, exercises, evaluation and
discussion to develop knowledge, skills and resources to ensure that services are linguistically and
culturally appropriate.

· It will include introductions to:

ü Medical and mental health systems and culture,

ü Sources of communication breakdown associated with mental illness and treatment,

ü Interpreters' roles, tools, and resources,

ü Severe language dysfluency and Visual - Gestural Communication,

ü Psychiatric emergencies,

ü Support groups and Community Mental Health Services, and Demand-Control Theory applied to mental health interpreting



Robert Pollard, Robyn Dean, Roger Williams, Steve Hamerdinger, Carole Lazorisak, Charlene Crump, Brian McKenny, Shannon Reese and others to be announced!



Candidates for the Alabama Mental Health Interpreter Training (MHIT) Interpreter Institute are selected based on a screening process that ranks the suitability of registrants for available vacancies based on the following categories; Formal
education, interpreting certification/licensure, interpreting experience, involvement in the mental health community, involvement in the language community, continuing education, and residency.  This training meets the pre-practicum training requirement of interpreters workingtowards Certification as a Qualified Mental Health Interpreter according to Alabama State Code 580-3-24.



                            Participants         Alumni



Feb 16 - April 15:      $340                 $215

April 16 — May31:   $390                 $265

After May 31:            $425                  $310

Day Rate:                  $100                  $85

· Before July 1st refunds will be provided upon written request minus 15% processing and handling fee. Refunds will not be provided after July 1st, however, registration fees will be applied to the subsequent year.

· Discounts available for groups of six (6) or more.  

· Applications reviewed on first-come, first-serve basis.


A minimum of 4.0 CEUS will be offered for the training. 


Student representatives:

Participation is limited to four students.  Note: Students who apply for worker status must submit evidence of full time status in a recognized Interpreter Training/Preparation Program along with faculty recommendation. for more information.


 For Additional Information:

Or Office of Deaf Services, P.O Box 301410, Montgomery, AL 36130. 

Telephone:  334-353-7415 (Voice) 334-239-3780 (VP) 334-242-3025 (Fax)