How do you Treat Deaf People with Psychological Disorders?.



This is a great piece about treating deaf people with psychological disorders. I formerly worked for Department of Social Services and one of the most difficult aspects of providing mental health services to the deaf community is the inability to find providers who can use direct communication in sign language and the lack of cultural awareness to meet the needs of deaf patients. All sessions normally include the provider, patient and sign language interpreter. Sometimes along the way information can be changed because of vocabulary, concept or expression. There have also been instances where a mental health provider does not understand the function of a sign language interpreter or cannot understand how confidentiality clauses work with using an interpreter. There are very few mental health providers that are fluent in sign language and are very uncommon which makes them difficult to locate. It would be great like this author said if providers who have a large number of deaf patients learn information about deaf culture and sign language to better treat their patients. What would be fabulous is if more people became mental health providers that are fluent in sign. I encourage my students to not only focus on interpreting as a career choice but to be fluent signers who become speech pathologists, doctors/nurses, social workers, mental health counselors/psychologists or whatever their desire but always consider how they can incorporate ASL into their field or consider  a field where there is a need in the deaf community.

Thankyou Philippa Berry author of IL SE INTERIOR-THE INNER SELF blog for a great post