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Deaf Sensitivity and Cultural Competency for Providers

Training Dates: 

June 18, 2021        July 16, 2021

All trainings will take place via Zoom at

12pm-3pm MST (Mountain Time)

 

FREE for El Paso County, TX Providers

$45 for Providers outside of El Paso County, TX

Free training for El Paso providers made possible by:

What would you do if a Deaf individual called or came into your office ?

Would you or your office support staff know what to do? Would you tell that individual your office doesn't have interpreter access? Would you tell that individual to bring a hearing friend or relative to interpret for them? Would you expect that individual to read your lips to communicate with you, or write notes back and forth for the duration of their appointment? Or, would this person in need end up on a months long waitlist because ensuring accessibility is low on the priority list? 

 

These barriers to mental health care are just a few of the many experienced by the Deaf population.

As a Gallaudet study noted in 2011, “About 2 to 4 of every 1,000 people in the United States are ‘functionally deaf,’”.  This means that there are approximately 1500 “functionally Deaf” individuals in El Paso County. By providing this training to more mental health professionals, we’ll be able to expand access to vital mental health services outward to Deaf individuals, who often experience adverse health conditions at greater rates than their hearing peers, even when adjusted for other factors like age, income levels, education and other cultural factors.  

 

This 3-hour Live Webinar Deaf Sensitivity and Cultural Competency Training will address the gaps in training and knowledge for mental health professionals by giving them access to appropriate tools and resources to serve this population. When mental health providers and their staff feel competent to handle the specific needs of any client who walks through their doors, they will provide better service to those individuals. This training will reduce potential bias against Deaf clients and reducing that stigma will make it easier for Deaf clients to access the services that they need. Deaf clients will be reassured to see certificates of training completion, which will demonstrate the provider’s commitment to universal access.

 

Participants will:

  1. Acquire knowledge of the American Deaf Culture and American Sign Language.

  2. Learn the skills necessary to work along-side a professional signed language interpreter.

  3. Learn several techniques that can be applied when working with the Deaf population.

Training Facilitated by:

Jennifer Dahlgren- This training is facilitated in ASL with Interpreters.

Jennifer Dahlgren is an Assistant Professor at El Paso Community College in the Sign Language and Interpreter Preparation Program.  Jennifer, a member of the El Paso/Las Cruces area Deaf community, has worked in the field of communication access, education, and advocacy for more than 15 years with a passion for the empowerment that comes through communication.  She has trained countless service providers and students in the medical, legal, educational, social services and business fields.  She has presented both nationally and internationally to audiences large and small. Advocating for the communication access rights for persons who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind and DeafDisabled so that they can function independently and equitably in society.  Additionally, Jennifer advocates for the intersectional needs of the LGBTQ communities.  Education is the key to access and equality.  By educating service providers, students and leaders about the rights and needs of minority communities, we make the world a more equitable place.

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FREE Provider Registration
(El Paso County, TX Providers Only)
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$45 Provider Registration
(Outside of El Paso County, TX)
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Becoming an LGBTQ+ Ally

June 30, 2021

6:30-8:30 pm CST (Central Time)

 

$10 for the General Public

$20 for CEUs

Are you an LGBTQ+ Ally?

What does it mean to be an Ally?

This 2-hour live webinar will explore these questions and more. Every year in the month of June we see corporations and the general public pull out the rainbow flag and enjoy the fun. But what happens when the month of June ends? What can you do to actively engage in Allyship every day?

The truth is, Allyship is so much more than participating in pride events. True Allyship involves taking the time to learn about, and with, those whom you wish to support and advocate for. It involves looking at your own programming surrounding social norms and values, and how that programming impacts your own bias and beliefs.  Allyship doesn't just mean calling out discrimination and abuse from others; it also means calling ourselves out and owning our privilege and bias.

In this webinar will provide insights about growth in Allyship, important foundational knowledge about the LGBTQ+ community, and will share practical ways to act in Allyship to the LGBTQ+ community. Participants will:

  • Learn basic terminology associated with the LGBTQ+ community and Allyship

  • Identify the impacts of societal norms and narratives surrounding sex, gender, and sexual orientation

  • Examine the link between societal norms and narratives and their own beliefs

  • Identify and discuss the difference between genuine Allyship and performative Allyship

  • Acquire knowledge of options for active Allyship

Ashley Heidebrecht, LMSW, has worked in the field of social services for over a decade, with 7 years of experience in creating and facilitating professional and community education. From 2007 to 2015 she worked as a direct care provider, program coordinator, and community education facilitator at the Mental Health Association of South-Central Kansas (MHASCK). 

 

Since leaving that agency in 2015, Ashley has provided case management and trauma support for families recovering from homelessness, and has become active in community organizing, and legistlative and community advocacy, particularly surrounding migrant child detention, LGBTQ rights, and racial justice, and has completed her Master of Social Work degree. 

In 2018 when the policy of migrant family separation and child detention was instituted, Ashley worked in collaboration with many individuals and organizations to fight for an end to that policy and to shut down the migrant child prison in Tornillo, Texas. 

Recently in her work with Borderland Rainbow Center, Ashley served LGBTQ youth and adults in group and individual settings, engaged in casework with the Deaf community, focused on immigrant rights, issues of racial justice, and engaged in advocacy work.

 

Through her work as The Radical Social Worker and as the Director for the Institute, Ashley focuses heavily on advocacy and education, providing educational opportunities to improve community awareness and allyship, and engaging in regional and national initiatives to fight discrimination. Ashley is also working to mobilize social workers across the Nation to become more engaged in social justice initiatives.

Registration for this Webinar has closed.

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Becoming an LGBTQ+ Ally
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Be the Change: Disrupting Abusive Structures in
Non-Profit Culture

July 21, 2021

6:30-8:30 pm CST (Central Time)

 

$10 for the General Public

$20 for CEUs

There is no doubt the work that is done in the non-profit sector is important and impactful, but it is not without its problems. As is true for every institution, the non-profit sector is not immune to the systems of white supremacy, sexism, ableism, and classism. 

 

The unfortunate truth is that the culture surrounding and within non-profits often reinforces the very systems which employees and volunteers are working to break through. This 2-hour live webinar will examine some of the foundational beliefs and philosophies central to philanthropy and non-profit work, examine the way those foundational beliefs and philosophies still impact non-profit work today, and will give participants a starting point for examining their own organizational culture, priorities, and methods in engaging with the community and building a workplace culture that honors dignity and autonomy.

Participants will: 

  • Identify foundational beliefs and philosophies of the non-profit sector

  • Develop knowledge and insight about the impacts of white supremacy, sexism, ableism, and classism on non-profit culture

  • Examine specific examples of non-profit culture negatively impacting community engagement

  • Examine specific examples of toxic workplace culture in the non-profit sector

  • Learn about and discuss strategies to implement change and increase the impact of your work

Ashley Heidebrecht, LMSW, has worked in the field of social services for over a decade, with 7 years of experience in creating and facilitating professional and community education. From 2007 to 2015 she worked as a direct care provider, program coordinator, and community education facilitator at the Mental Health Association of South-Central Kansas (MHASCK). 

 

Since leaving that agency in 2015, Ashley has provided case management and trauma support for families recovering from homelessness, and has become active in community organizing, and legistlative and community advocacy, particularly surrounding migrant child detention, LGBTQ rights, and racial justice, and has completed her Master of Social Work degree. 

In 2018 when the policy of migrant family separation and child detention was instituted, Ashley worked in collaboration with many individuals and organizations to fight for an end to that policy and to shut down the migrant child prison in Tornillo, Texas. 

Recently in her work with Borderland Rainbow Center, Ashley served LGBTQ youth and adults in group and individual settings, engaged in casework with the Deaf community, focused on immigrant rights, issues of racial justice, and engaged in advocacy work.

 

Through her work as The Radical Social Worker and as the Director for the Institute, Ashley focuses heavily on advocacy and education, providing educational opportunities to improve community awareness and allyship, and engaging in regional and national initiatives to fight discrimination. Ashley is also working to mobilize social workers across the Nation to become more engaged in social justice initiatives.

Registration for this Webinar has closed.

 

Register

Be the Change: Disrupting Abusive Structures in Non-Profit Culture
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Thank you for your registration! You will receive an email with access information. If you do not receive an email 48 hours please contact driep.help@borderlandrainbow.org

This webinar is full and is no longer accepting submissions. Keep watching our website for more opportunities to learn!

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