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Workshop - But I Don't Do Mental Health Interpreting

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2024
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Zoom
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Situations outside traditional mental health settings can utilize the techniques and skills developed for mental health work. Interpreters working in mental health settings have developed a variety of strategies for coping with dysfluent language. These strategies can be used in a wide variety of other settings, including in the community and educational assignments. This workshop will provide an overview of these strategies and examples of situations where they may be useful. The goal is to provide working interpreters with additional "tools" in their "toolbox" to better meet the diverse demands of the interpreting process.

Student/DI WAVLI Members: $20

Active WAVLI Members: $25

General Registration $50

This workshop will be held remotely via Zoom (link will be provided prior to workshop), and facilitated in ASL. Registration will be limited to 100 participants. 

Presenter Bio


Roger Williams is the owner of Hands On Interpreting, LLC, a private practice specializing in consulting and training related to the needs of deaf adults in the mental health system. Until his retirement in 2023, he was employed as the Executive Director of the Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. He received his B.S.W. from the Rochester Institute of Technology, his M.S.W., specializing in community mental health, from the University of Illinois and completed coursework towards a doctorate at the University of South Carolina, College of Social Work. Roger is a S.C. Licensed Independent Social Worker – Clinical Practice/Supervisor and holds an RID Certificate of Transliteration and an SCAD/NAD IAP Level 5 and has been recognized at the state and national level for his leadership in mental health services within the Deaf community. Roger has an M.S.W., specializing in community mental health, and has worked as a social worker with deaf clients in inpatient, outpatient, residential, and educational settings for over 40 years. He is now retired and works as an interpreter, consultant, expert witness, and trainer, primarily in mental health interpreting. He is a Licensed Independent Social Worker – Clinical Practice/Supervisor, holds RID/NAD certification and is a Qualified Mental Health Interpreter – Supervisor.

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