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Friday, October 18

"Self-Care" - Alison Aubrecht, M.A., LPCC & Lisa Wasilowski, M.A., LPCC

Self-care is important for your physical and mental health (the whole mind, body, and soul). Without it, your relationships with others (whether at work, home, or in community) may suffer tremendously. Participants will be provided with tips and tools to recognize the need for their self care, be provided with ideas to incorporate self-care at work and at home, and will also be given a list of MN and national mental health resources.

"Being Authentic with Your Child about Sexuality" - Bethany Gehman, M.Ed, CSE

Honest, accurate information about sexuality – particularly from parents and caregivers – is the first step toward raising healthy children who make responsible decisions about their sexuality. Understanding when and how to discuss sexual health can be a daunting task for parents/caregivers. Developing a healthy sexuality is a key developmental milestone for all children and adolescents that depends on acquiring information and forming attitudes, beliefs, and values about consent, sexual orientation, gender identity, relationships, and intimacy. In this workshop, we will cover the importance of teaching children/ adolescents about sexuality & healthy relationships and how to teach the key concepts of privacy, consent, and boundaries. Strategies for communication are discussed to help parents gain confidence in talking about sexuality with their children.

"Cultivating Re-Connections: The Place of Translation" - Naomi Sheneman, Ph.D, CDI & Doug Bowen-Bailey, M.A., CI & CT

Deaf communities used to be the primary source of interpreter education and selection. As interpreting programs moved into colleges and universities, many observers have noted that interpreting students are bypassing the deaf community. The CATIE Center at St. Catherine is exploring different ways to make re-connections for novice interpreters with deaf communities in ways that are beneficial for all involved. One element is to emphasize the importance of translation work – both to provide resources for deaf translators as well as to connect novice hearing interpreters with deaf vloggers wish to have English translations or transcripts of their vlogs. We are piloting materials for both deaf and hearing interpreters and we invite you to see some examples of how this has worked and give your input on ways that the CATIE Center could improve and move this idea forward.

"Becoming Citizens: Experiences of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Community Members" - Panel facilitated by Audra McCorkle, M.A., & Mai Vue-Vang

A panel of 3 to 4 individuals who have experienced various stages of the U.S. citizenship process will be facilitated by experienced Adult Education teachers Mai Vue-Vang and Audra McCorkle. Facilitators will provide an overview of immigration laws, types of US Visas, language access rights (including interpreters in Federal Court), and the steps involved in applying for citizenship. Panelists will be given a series of prompts to share their perspectives on barriers experienced, helpful resources, personal motivations, the emotional impact, and other information that will enrich the understanding of providers, colleagues, and friends working and interacting with our diverse immigrant and refugee community members.

"Deaf Mentor Family Program: Deaf Community Awareness, Involvement and Support" Danelle Gournaris, M.A., M.S.

This workshop provides an overview of the Deaf Mentor Family Program (DMFP) in Minnesota. You will learn more about the purpose of the program and how the program can help the hearing family with DHH children. DMFP supports the language acquisition and healthy social development for families of infants, young children and youths who are D/HH through personal experiences or information about being a D/HH individual as shared by a Deaf Mentor, including learning more about the educational and communication opportunities, hearing technology, and the Deaf community and Deaf Culture. This workshop will also present how the Deaf Community within Minnesota may support and involvement with the program.

Presented by the Deaf Mentor Family Program Supervisor, Danelle Gournaris

Saturday, October 19

"Signs and Cultural Perspectives Through Time: A Panel With Our Elders" Facilitated by Jenny Stenner, M.A.

Join this panel discussion with Deaf elders, Kathy Potter, Jim Potter, John Mathews, and Corrine Peterson, from the Faribault community where we will discuss historic perspectives on Deaf culture and historic foundational ASL that has evolved throughout time. Participates with have this unique opportunity to gain knowledge and examine historic Deaf perspectives on Minnesota Deaf culture as well as historic perspectives. They will also gain local insight and perspectives unique to the Minnesota Deaf Community in this grass roots learning experience.

"Somalia Deaf Culture" - Omar Ibrahim, B.A.

Born in Somalia and raised in Kenya Refugee Camp in Dadaab, Omar will be presenting about Somalia Culture. Participants will learn about the Deaf Community, including the deaf education crisis, religious practices and values, traditions, food, signs, vocabulary, Muslim faith, and his story about why he came to America.

"Bystander Intervention: Tools and Strategies for Preventing Violence and Harassment in our Communities" - Ashley Reuss, M.A.

Many of us want to see more community accountability in our efforts to foster a safer environment in the Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing community, but we aren’t sure where to start. We may witness people being harassed because of their race, sex, religion, color, gender, size, orientation, disability, age, and origin - online and in real life. We often do not know how we can intervene safely as a bystander and may respond by walking away, freezing, or unintentionally escalating the situation by using incorrect approaches. When we see signs of sexual violence and harassment happening in bars, clubs, college campuses, and out in public, many of us do want to do something to help, but we lack confidence in our knowledge of the skills and strategies for safe intervention. This presentation will utilize an evidence-based curriculum while applying our knowledge of Deaf community inter-cultural dynamics to give you the opportunity to learn how to be a citizen with the skills to recognize a potentially harmful situation or interaction knowing how to respond in a way that could positively influence the outcome.

"Sexcessful Aging" - Bethany Gehman, M.Ed, CSE

Sexuality is a fundamental part of humanity at any age. It’s critical to break down stereotypes and promote healthy attitudes toward people over 60 and sexuality. Information about and access to sexual health services for older adults, moreover for those who identifies as Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing or Late Deafened, are lacking. There’s also a sense of shame when sexuality is associated with older adults. People have questions about sex and sexuality throughout their lives. Here in the workshop, we explore some of the common challenges and discoveries older adults may face with sex. Many of the old scripts get in the way; this workshop will encourage you to rethink all those old expectations.

"Open Process, Role-Space, DCS, Oh My...: Cultivating a Community Conversation About the Interpreting Process" - Doug Bowen-Bailey, M.A., CI & CT, Jenny Smith, B.A., and Naomi Sheneman, Ph.D, CDI

The interpreting profession continues to discuss the best ways to practice as interpreters yet the reality is that deaf community members are not always invited to be a part of that conversation. This workshop will briefly explain three current paradigms for talking about interpreting: open process, role-space, and the demand control schema - and then facilitate an opportunity for interpreters and deaf community members to discuss these models and how they can be applied in a variety of interpreting settings.

"Life of tti-ka-mi-ge-a" - Sarah Young Bear-Brown

This workshop serves as a foundational workshop to improve the general understanding of Deaf Indigenous history and cultures. Sarah will share her life journey as a full blood Meskwaki Deaf woman and challenges she has faced with her multi-layered identities. Deaf Indigenous cultures are diverse. Some cultures, life & history, terminology, and Indigenous sign language will be discussed throughout this workshop. Sarah will also outline systemic barriers which historically have prevented Indigenous Deaf people from being successful in various aspects in their lives.

This workshop serves as a tool for gaining awareness and understanding of a group of people who have remained separated, isolated, segregated, and marginalized from mainstream society. Expand your knowledge and increase your understanding how to work respectfully and confidently with Indigenous Deaf Peoples whether it is in your classroom or in your interpreting setting.

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