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Sign Like It Matters: Trauma-Informed Interpreting Workshop

April 22nd, 2024 – 5:30 PM to 8:30PM
8623 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 (Conference Room A)

This workshop is designed for experienced interpreters. During this session, we will explore the concept of trauma and its impact on individuals. Specifically, we will examine traumas that are unique to the Deaf community and the interpreter’s responsibility in handling such situations with care. Additionally, we will delve into the fundamental principles of trauma-informed care and apply our understanding through various case studies.

WSRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.3 CEUs at the Extensive Knowledge Level.

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About the Presenters

Phelan Conheady (they/them)
Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator

Phelan Conheady (they/them) has been the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator at ADWAS for over a year now. In their role, Phelan develops training curriculums, resources, and materials to promote best practices when interacting with Deaf survivors and helps to manage ADWAS’ social media presence. They are also a Deaf interpreter based in Seattle and are known for their work on Sesame Street and with Deaf Spotlight. Phelan enjoys interpreting for Pride events, galas, and they also enjoy interpreting for DeafBlind clients as well. Prior to these jobs, Phelan worked in the DEI field at the University of Rochester, facilitating workshops on combating racism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression. In their free time, Phelan likes to make educational content on social media, educating the masses about the Deaf community and creating art. They aspire to go back to school soon to complete their degree in Social Work in the hopes of becoming a therapist.

Wilma Dennis (she/her)
Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator

Wilma Dennis is the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator at ADWAS in Seattle, WA. She had been working at ADWAS since 2017, wearing many hats. With her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, she worked as an Advocate when she first started, working directly with Deaf survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. After 3 years, she switched to Outreach and Prevention, working in K-12 schools and educating communities both Deaf and Hearing on various topics, from teen dating violence, intersectionality, and more. Wilma currently identify gaps in services, provides consultation on issues connected to DV/SA within and against the Deaf community to outside agencies, businesses, and service providers of Washington State.

No person, because of race, color, gender, age, sex, ethnicity, income, military status, religion, national origin, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political ideology, ancestry, status as a domestic violence or sexual assault survivor, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law, shall be discriminated against in any aspect of the programs, activities, and services provided by ADWAS.

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