2023 Deafness and Clinical Training: Understanding the Complexity of Working with Individuals who are Deaf Considering Comorbid Medical and Psychiatric Illnesses

Email Address
Contact Phone
(334) 239-3558 (Video Phone)
Alternate Phone
(334) 353-4703 (Voice)
Event Type
Health & Wellness,
Professional Development,

Intended for Non-Signing Audiences

Successful psychiatric treatment of deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind (DHHDB) individuals almost always requires a collaborative care approach. Misdiagnoses of medical conditions masquerading as psychiatric conditions can lead to worsened or less-than-optimal treatment outcomes. Using real-life case examples from his Deaf-focused clinical practice, Dr. Wilson will discuss various medical conditions that can present as psychiatric illnesses. Recognition of pathognomonic findings in a psychiatric patient indicative of an underlying medical condition within the context of DHHDB individuals is essential to treatment success. Additionally, awareness of best-practice approaches to treating a cultural and linguistic minority population can maximize the chances of good treatment outcomes.  

This session is targeted at service providers who do not specialize in some aspect of deafness including Mental Health Professionals, Nurses, Social Workers, Counselors, Rehabilitation Counselors, Case Managers, Psychologists, MH, SA, and DD Providers, Group Home Staff, Educators, Educational staff, Interpreters in Mental Health, Community Interpreters, Educational Interpreters, etc. 

10:00 am to 3:00 pm (4.0 clock hours)  *One-hour lunch break

Registration Fees:

Prior to March 15, 2023

  • $40 Registration fee - Early Bird
  • $20 Registration fee - full-time ITP or Counseling Students (Non-certified, non-working)

March 16, 2023 or after

  • $60 Registration fee – Regular
  • $30 Registration fee- full-time ITP or Counseling Students (Non-certified, non-working)

Registration deadline: April 14, 2023

Registration fee waived for employees of Alabama Department of Mental Health, employees of Alabama Department of Mental Health Community Mental Health Centers and contracted Substance Abuse provider agencies, and QMHI-Supervisors.

Updated: February 15, 2023