DACTS training: Language Deprivation: How Does – or Should – it Change What professionals in Deafness Do?

Thursday, April 11, 2019

9:30 am to 4:00 pm (5.5 clock hours)


$40 Registration fee prior to March 1, 2019

$50 if paid March 1 and after

$20 registration for full time ITP or Counseling Students (Non-certified, non-working) prior to March 1, 2019

$30 registration for full time ITP or Counseling Students (Non-certified, non-working) March 1st and after.

Registration fee waived for employees of ADMH, employees of CMHCs, and contracted SA provider agencies.



Melissa L. Anderson, Ph.D., MSCI, is Assistant Professor, psychologist, and clinical researcher in the University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Psychiatry.  She completed her graduate work at Gallaudet University, where she studied intimate partner violence and trauma in the Deaf community.  At UMass, Melissa provides individual therapy to Deaf clients recovering from trauma and addiction and conducts research on best approaches for working with Deaf clients.  She is the recipient of a Clinical Research Scholar Award (KL2) administered by the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science, with which she and a team of Deaf and Hearing clinicians and community members are developing and testing a digital American Sign Language therapy manual for treating trauma and addiction.


Alabama Department of Transportation: 1409 Coliseum Boulevard, Montgomery, AL

A person impacted by language deprivation may struggle with concepts of time, story sequencing/developing a coherent narrative, a sense of self, cause-and-effect/the concept of why?, experiences of powerlessness/confusion, rigid modes of behavior, ability to learn from mistakes (use of generalizations), lacks awareness of others’ need for context, lacks theory of mind (understanding others’ perspectives), lack of understanding of limits to others’ ability to figure out the message, abstract concepts, difficulty learning, emotional regulation, acting out of emotions/feelings, struggles in relationships, can lead to victimization or victimizing, competency to stand trial, reduced fund of information, etc.


This session is targeted at service providers who specialize in some aspect of deafness (therapists, rehabilitation counselors and specialists, direct care staff, substance abuse providers, teachers and education staff, and interpreters, etc.).  The presenter will discuss various aspects of working with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing impacted by language deprivation.  This course will include a discussion of barriers that deaf/hard of hearing individuals face, unique characteristics of the population, best practice approaches, and cultural and linguistic differences that are part of the developmental process for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.


Eligible participants must be in attendance for the full program to receive credit for completing the course.

The Alabama Department of Mental Health

  • is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the Alabama Board of Nursing and approves this program for 6.6 contact hours. ABNP0150, Expiration Date: July 12, 2021.

  • is an approved as a provider of continuing education in social work by the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners and approves this program for 5.5 contact hours. Provider #0125, Expiration Date: January 31, 2020.

The Alabama Department of Mental Health Office of Deaf Services

  • is an approved RID CMP Sponsor. This activity has been awarded 0.55 CEUS in the area of Professional Studies by The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf at the “some” Content Knowledge Level for CMP and ACET participants. Activity # 0263.0419.01.

  • Has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP no. 6824. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC are clearly identified. The Alabama Department of Mental Health, Office of Deaf Services is solely responsible for all aspects of this program. Participants completing the program may earn up to a total of 5.5 CE Hours. 



Office of Deaf Services

Alabama Department of Mental Health

PO Box 301410, Montgomery, AL 36130

FAX:  334-242-3025 application@mhit.org


Shannon Reese, Services Coordinator

100 N. Union St. PO Box 301410

Montgomery, AL 36130

334-239-3780 (office)

334-467-0458 (text)

334-242-0796 (fax)