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Interpreting Immersion

Interpreting Immersion: 
Enrich your interpretations with the power of depiction 

This course is offered by a GURIEC partner, 
the Gallaudet Center for Continuing Education
Questions about the course? Contact ccs@gallaudet.edu

Dates and times:  Aug 17-25, 2016. 8:30-4:00 pm each day, including Sat. & Sun.

Location: Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.

 
Instructor Alisha Bronk leads an interactive skill development activity. 
Instructor: Alisha Bronk, MA, CDI.

Description: This popular course is back! Both Deaf and hearing interpreters are invited for in-depth, meaningful practice in a supportive environment. 

Learn to recognize opportunities to use depiction, expand your linguistic toolkit, and increase your confidence with ASL discourse features. Participants will explore the vital components of effective ASL discourse: advanced non-manual signals and facial grammar, classifiers, constructed action/dialogue, and more. Integrate these features into your work in a variety of interpreting settings. Participants will have hands-on practice interpreting medical, technical, and narrative source texts, to create more effective and engaging interpretations. 
 

Instructor bio: Alisha Bronk's mission is to share her love of American Sign Language and its benefits with as many people as possible. She is the creator of the ASL Tales DVD/book series. She received a master's degree in TESOL: Applied Linguistics from Portland State University and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Gallaudet University. She is currently a freelance Certified Deaf Interpreter and adjunct professor in the Dept. of Interpretation. Ms. Bronk is a regular presenter at conferences for interpreting and Deaf organizations. She also frequently serves as a Deaf mentor and ASL tutor for families of Deaf children, interpreters, and ASL students.

Who should register: Deaf and hearing interpreters (certified or pre-certified); advanced Deaf and hearing interpreting students.

Pre-requisites: ASL proficiency (minimum of ASL III). Some prior interpreting coursework, training, and/or experience. If you have questions about your eligibility, contact the instructor: alisha.bronk@gallaudet.edu.

Tuition: $837 for 3 Professional Studies Credits. 
(Does not include course materials; see Course Description, under PST 352-02). 

Room & board (recommended, optional): $74/day for shared dorm and all meals.

More information: Visit the CCS website. Look for PST 352-02. 


Space is limited!
Register now: http://www.gallaudet.edu/ccs/summer-on-campus-courses.html

CEUs: 4.5 Professional Studies. 
Content level: Some prior knowledge of topic required.

The Gallaudet Center for Continuing Studies (CCS) is an approved RID sponsor for continuing education activities.

Region II Conference Registration - August 4th - 7th 2016

Registration is OPEN!!!

Registration is open for our exciting conference in Charleston in August! Register, pay, then share away! Please send to your memberships, your colleagues, your students, your contacts at NAD, your Deaf community, everyone! Looking forward to seeing you all in August!

http://www.ridregionii.org/registration

http://www.ridregionii.org/payment

Job Opportunity

JOB TITLE: MH Specialist I                          NUMBER: 15-38

JOB CODE: A5000                                        DATE: 10/09/2015

SALARY RANGE: 70 ($33,086.40 - $50,119.20) PCQ#: 8833001

 

JOB LOCATION

Work Location:

Bryce Hospital

1651 Ruby Tyler Parkway

Tuscaloosa, AL 35404

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Psycholinguistics, Deaf Studies or a human services field plus experience (24 months or more) interpreting, working with language dysfluent clients, communication specialist work or working with individuals who are mentally ill.

 

OR

 

Considerable (48 months or more) programmatic experience in the field of deafness with the Department of Mental Health, plus experience (24 months or more) interpreting, working with language dysfluent clients, communication specialist work, or working with individuals who are mentally ill.

Human services field includes the following disciplines: Social Work, Psychology, Criminal/Juvenile Justice, Special Education, Sociology, Speech Education, Rehabilitation, Counseling, Speech Pathology, Audiology, Nursing, Physical or Occupational Therapy, and any related academic disciplines associated with the study of Human Behavior, Human Skill Development, or Basic Human Care Needs

 

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Native or near-native signing skills equal to superior level or higher of signing skills in American Sign Language, as measured by a recognized screening process (SLPI). Certification in either sign language (RID), in teaching American Sign Language (ASLTA-Q or ASLTA-P), or equivalent must be obtained within three (3) years of employment. Must be able to obtain licensure or be exempt from licensure to interpret according to Alabama Licensure Board of Interpreters and Transliterators (ALBIT).

 

KIND OF WORK: Works within the Office Deaf Services of the Department of Mental Health providing culturally and linguistically affirmative services to deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) to include consumers with disorders of mental illness and/or chemical dependency in inpatient, community and DMH related settings. Responsibility includes providing the specialized services of a communication assessment and facilitateon of language for D/HH individuals. Participates as a member of an Announcement #15-38 interdisciplinary treatment team, assisting in the development and implementation of treatment and discharge plans. Provides advisory services on sign language and alternative communication issues to D/HH individuals and professional staff. Teaches standardized sign language and alternative or augmentative communication methods to dysfluent individuals with functional hearing losses. Coordinates and teaches ASL to non-signing staff. Other work duties involve research and development of non-verbal or limited verbal types of communication tools and teaching materials. Provides some interpreting in conjunction with a Mental Health Interpreter.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of signing systems and dialects pertinent to regions and ethnicity in Alabama and other southeastern states. Knowledge of methodology in teaching and tutoring American Sign Language (ASL). A general knowledge of deaf cultural groups in the United States and of identity levels (deaf world, hearing majority, and marginality). Knowledge of state-of-the-art communication methods. Knowledge of nonverbal and augmentative communication strategies. Ability to assess signed communication, particularly to differentiate idiosyncratic from abnormal expressions and language. Ability to communicate fluently, clearly, and effectively to any deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, or hearing individual using either sign language or written English. Ability to interpret in appropriate modalities as needed.

 

METHOD OF SELECTION: Applicants will be rated on the basis of an evaluation of their education, training, and experience and should provide adequate work history identifying experiences related to duties and minimum qualifications as mentioned above. All relevant information is subject to verification. Drug screenings and security clearance will be conducted on prospective applicants being given serious consideration for employment and whose job requires direct contact with clients.

 

HOW TO APPLY: Use an official application for Professional Employment (Exempt Classification) which may be obtained from this office, other Department of Mental Health Facility Personnel Offices, or visit our website at www.mh.alabama.govOnly work experience detailed on the application will be considered. Additional sheets, if needed, should be in the same format as the application. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an official application. Applications should be returned to Human Resource Management, Department of Mental Health, P.O. Box 301410, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-1410 or RSA Union Building, 100 North Union Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104. Copies of License/Certifications should be forwarded with your application. An official copy of academic transcripts is required and must be forwarded by the school, college, or university to the personnel office at the above address.

 

For more information, please contact Steve Hamerdinger steve.hamerdinger@mh.alabama.gov

 

DEADLINE: Until Filled

Job Opportunity

JOB TITLE: MH Interpreter Trainee             NUMBER: 16-09

JOB CODE: U1000                                       DATE: 04/01/2016

SALARY RANGE: 67 ($30,724.80 - $46,615.20) PCQ#: 8813381

 

JOB LOCATION:

Bryce Hospital

1651 Ruby Tyler Parkway

Tuscaloosa, AL 35404

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Associates Degree with full-time experience (24 months or more) as an interpreter or Bachelor’s Degree in any field. Graduation from a recognized interpreter training program is preferred. Preference will be given to applicants who are recipients of the ADMH Interpreter Training Scholarship.

 

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of permit or permit eligible by the Alabama Licensure Board of Interpreters and Transliterators. Must be able to acquire a license by the Alabama Licensure Board of Interpreters and Transliterators within 36 months of hire. Permitted individuals must pass the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) at an Advanced or higher level. Must be able to be certified as an interpreter by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf or National Association of the Deaf at a level 4 or 5 or Board of Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) Level III or BEI Advanced or higher or equivalent. Certification must be obtained within 36 months of hire. Successful candidate must be certified or eligible to receive certification as a QMHI (Qualified Mental Health Interpreter) or its equivalent. QMHI Certification must be obtained within 24 months of acquiring license by the Alabama Licensure Board of Interpreters and Transliterators. Must have a valid driver’s license to operate a vehicle in the State of Alabama.

 

KIND OF WORK: This is professional trainee level work in providing specialized services to patients who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) with co-occurring disorders of mental illness and chemical dependency in a state mental health hospital, as well as within community settings. Work involves interpreting under supervision of a Qualified Mental Health Interpreter (QMHI) between deaf or hard of hearing consumers and staff of the Alabama Department of Mental Health, DMH facilities or service providers. Work may be performed in a variety of different settings. Supervision is provided by the DMH State Coordinator of Interpreter Services. Assists in teaching standardized sign language and alternative or augmentive communication methods to dysfluent individuals with functional hearing losses. Assists in coordinating and working with other interpreters in teaching ASL to non-signing staff.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of American Sign Language. Knowledge of deafness and deaf culture. Knowledge of telecommunication devices and their use. Ability to interpret between consumers using a variety of dialects and fluency levels. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to utilize computer, internet resources and various software packages. Ability to provide training in American Sign Language, Deaf Awareness, Interpreting and the use of adaptive technology. Ability to work a flexible work schedule to include nights and/or weekends as needed.

 

METHOD OF SELECTION: Applicants will be rated on the basis of an evaluation of their education, training, and experience and should provide adequate work history identifying experiences related to duties and minimum qualifications as mentioned above. All relevant information is subject to verification. Drug screenings and security clearance will be conducted on prospective applicants being given serious consideration for employment and whose job requires direct contact with clients.

 

HOW TO APPLY: Use an official application for Professional Employment (Exempt Classification) which may be obtained from this office, other Department of Mental Health Facility Personnel Offices, or visit our website at www.mh.alabama.gov. Only work experience detailed on the application will be considered. Additional sheets, if needed, should be in the same format as the application. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an official application. Applications should be returned to Human Resource Management, Department of Mental Health, P.O. Box 301410, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-1410 or RSA Union Building, 100 North Union Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104. Copies of License/Certifications should be forwarded with your application. An official copy of academic transcripts is required and must be forwarded by the school, college, or university to the personnel office at the above address.

 

For more information, please contact Steve Hamerdinger at steve.hamerdinger@mh.alabama.gov

Job Opportunity

JOB TITLE: MH Interpreter I              NUMBER: 16-01

JOB CODE: B6000                            DATE: 01/08/2016

SALARY RANGE: 73 ($37,389.60 - $56,685.60) PCQ#: 8813342

JOB LOCATION: 
Department of Mental Health Deaf Services Region I
RSA Union Building 4040 South Memorial Parkway
100 North Union Street Huntsville, AL 35082
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-1410

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in Interpreting, Linguistics, Deaf Studies, Psychology, Sociology, or a related human services field plus (24 months or more) of paid experience interpreting in a variety of different settings.
OR

High school diploma or GED equivalency, plus considerable (48 months or more) of paid experience interpreting in a variety of different settings.

Human services field includes the following disciplines: Social Work, Psychology, Criminal/Juvenile Justice, Special Education, Sociology, Speech Education, Rehabilitation, Counseling, Speech Pathology, Audiology, Nursing, Physical or Occupational Therapy, and any related academic disciplines associated with the study of Human Behavior, Human Skill Development, or Basic Human Care Needs

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be licensed or eligible for licensure by the Alabama Licensure Board of Interpreters and Transliterators. Must be certified or eligible to receive certification as a QMHI (Qualified Mental Health Interpreter) or its equivalent. Certification must be obtained within 24 months of employment. Must have a valid driver’s license to operate a vehicle in the State of Alabama.

KIND OF WORK: This is professional level work in providing specialized services to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing and who have mental illness, developmental disability, and/or substance abuse issues. Work involves interpreting between deaf or hard of hearing consumers, staff of the Alabama Department of Mental facilities or contract service providers. Work may be performed in a variety of different settings. Supervision is provided by the State Coordinator, Interpreting Services

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of American Sign Language. Knowledge of the function of a professional interpreter and Interpreting Code of Ethics. Knowledge of deafness and deaf culture. Knowledge of telecommunication devices and their use. Ability to interpret between consumers using a variety of dialects and fluency levels. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to interpret in situations where partial control by interpreter is possible.
Ability to utilize a computer, internet resources and various software packages.

METHOD OF SELECTION: Applicants will be rated on the basis of an evaluation of their education, training, and experience and should provide adequate work history identifying experiences related to duties and minimum qualifications as mentioned above. All relevant information is subject to verification. Drug screenings and security clearance will be conducted on prospective applicants being given serious consideration for employment and whose job requires direct contact with clients.

HOW TO APPLY: Use an official application for Professional Employment (Exempt Classification)
which may be obtained from this office, other Department of Mental Health Facility Personnel Offices, or visit our website at www.mh.alabama.gov. Only work experience detailed on the application will be considered. Additional sheets, if needed, should be in the same format as the application. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an official application. Applications should be returned to Human Resource Management, Department of Mental Health, P.O. Box 301410, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-1410 or RSA Union Building, 100 North Union Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104. Copies of License/Certifications should be forwarded with your application. An official copy of academic transcripts is required and must be forwarded by the school, college, or university to the personnel office at the above address.

DEADLINE: Until Filled

For more information, please contact Steve Hamerdinger at steve.hamerdinger@mh.alabama.gov

Upcoming Workshop

  

 
APPLICATIONS DUE MAY 2nd!
EARLY APPLICATIONS (Available for past BSL Workshop Attendees) APRIL 1st
FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO REGISTER: Click Here
Application Extension Requests: workshops@gatecommunications.org
To visit the workshop series Facebook page: Click Here
3.5 PS CEUs!
Advanced Students and Professionals Accepted
Some Scholarships Available
 
ENJOY This Safe Environment to Experiment with Your Performance Skills! 
TOPICS INCLUDE:

The Business of Interpreting
Working with Venues
Researching Your Artists (Musicians) & Characters
Developing Your Wardrobe
Understanding Stage Make-up
Understanding Characterized Make-up
Equipment Terminology
How to Obtain Effective Lighting & Sound for Interpreters
Where Should Interpreters be Located
Working with Special Consumers
How to Interact with the Technical Crew
The Rules of the Stage
Theories of Performance Interpreting
Understanding Deaf Perspectives
Analyzing Music
Analyzing Artists/Characters
Emulating Artists/Characters
Emulating Gender
Emulating Age
Emulating Race/Culture
Emulating Vocal Characteristics
Teaming
Acting Skill Development
Pantomime Skill Development
Broadway Performance Practice
Philosophies of Glossing
Rules of Glossing
Specialized Terminology
Foreign Language Situations
Glossing Elements & Goals
Gender Considerations
Age Considerations
Formality vs Informality
Double Entendres
ASL Idioms
Creative Concepts
Classifiers in Music
Name Sign Creation
Character Announcements
And MORE
DON'T WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR!
THIS EVENT WILL CHANGE YOUR CAREER & YOUR LIFE!
 

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

 

PRESENTERS: 

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

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: 

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.

 

  COST OF TRAINING: 

                            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. Contactinfo@mhit.org for more information.

 

 For Additional Information:

www.mhit.org

info@mhit.org

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)

 

NCITLB Proposed Sunset

The General Assembly of North Carolina will soon discuss legislation that could impact the licensure laws within our state.  The bill proposes to Sunset a number of Occupational Licensing Boards (OLA’s) within the state, and specifically impacts current NCITLB licensing requirements.  The bill is in draft form, but if passed in current form, the bill will eliminate the NCITLB and remove the requirement for licensure for all interpreters and transliterators in North Carolina. This draft of proposed legislation resulted from a review conducted by the Program Evaluation Division of the General Assembly of the State of NC. There are a total of 12 OLAs that are proposed for sunset in this bill. 
 
For a complete copy of the Program Evaluation Division's December 2014 Review of OLAs in the State, please see:
http://www.ncleg.net/PED/Reports/documents/OccLic/OccLic_Report.pdf
 
For a copy of NCITLB Chair Jane Dolan's response to this report, please see:
http://www.ncleg.net/PED/Reports/documents/OccLic/OccLic_Response_Interpreters_and_Transliterators.pdf
 
            OLAs are prohibited from lobbying the legislature. Only organizations and concerned citizens can appeal to the NC General Assembly to keep NCITLB and GS 90D in force..  However, the NCRID Board also encourages individual members to read the attached documents and contact your local legislators directly as soon as possible. Ask them to keep the NCITLB operational and to continue licensure of interpreters and transliterators in the State of NC. Below is the link to find the contact information for your local NC State Legislative Representatives, should you choose to reach out to them and let them know licensure is an important means of ensuring the health, safety and welfare of Deaf and hard of hearing citizens in North Carolina and also protects the interests of those providing services to them in medical, mental health, legal, and business settings.
 
In order to locate your North Carolina House and Senate representatives, please click on this link below and enter your home address. The name will be displayed in the small white box.
 
www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx