Enhancing Knowledge Through Online Learning

Bimonthly online discussions are continuing education opportunities for mental health interpreters and clinicians who work with deaf consumers.  QMHI's are required to have 40 contact hours of continuing education per year.

You can go to this URL  https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting- for more information on how to join the webinar.  More tips for using Zoom can be found HERE

All presentations are in the form of a webinar.  Links to the webinar will be sent out the same day as the event. This year our webinars will be hosted on Zoom.  To use this platform, please read documents on the Zoom Website.

Important:  In order to assure time to process your registration, the completed form and payment must be received 7 days prior to the event you wish to join.

The registration fee for all online discussions in the calendar year 2023 is just $35.*  

How to Register:

  • Send a check for $35.00 made out to ADARA- MHIT Fund along with the completed form to:

Shannon Reese, Services Coordinator
Alabama Department of Mental Health
Office of Deaf Services
P.O. Box 301410
Montgomery, AL  36130

* January to December.  This fee is NOT pro-rated. 

Presented by: Selah Davison

Upcoming Events

All Events run 6:30 - 8:30 PM Central Time

2023 Events

September 12  TBA            

Presenter: Alison Aubrecht & Heather Breitbach

November 14 TBA


Dru Balsley, LMHC, is currently Senior Clinician at The Learning Center for the Deaf Walden School residential program. In comparison to other cultures and populations, both trauma and language deprivation are significantly higher within the deaf community, and based on her own personal experiences and challenges with the therapeutic system, Dru has made it her mission to be able to provide trauma-informed care to deaf youth who need it in their native language. Within her current role, Dru provides both individual and family therapy, facilitates Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, develops and provides in-house trainings for staff members, and acts as an agency liaison specializing in deaf services..


July 11, 2023

All discussions are conducted from
6:30 - 8:30 Central Standard Time (CST)

Presentation Flyer Available for Download HERE

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“Introduction to Trauma Center - Trauma Sensitive Yoga: Deaf Edition

The Purpose of the Training 

This Bi-monthly online discussion will provide participants with opportunities to interact with interpreters and clinicians in the field of deafness and explore research articles, discuss presentations and apply the online discussion to service provision.


The Objectives of the Training:

  • Participants will describe Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga and its components.

  • Participants will analyze modifications for the Deaf population regarding key components of TCTSY.

  • Participants will define attachment and interoception and how they are correlated with trauma.

Pre-reading: NA 

Target Audience:

Interpreters in Mental Health, Community Interpreters, Mental Health Professionals, School Counselors