Past Events

Intersectionality of Mental Health and DeafBlind Interpreting

May 31 - May 31, 2023


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Webinar Details

When: May 31st

Time: 6-8pm EST

Presenters: Sereta Campbell, RID, QMHI-S and Amanda G. Somdal, LCSW, LICSW

Target Audience: Sign Language Interpreters who plan to or currently work with individuals who are DeafBlind in Mental Health Settings

Description: Interpreting between Deaf and hearing communities has many layers and more complicated when you consider individuals who are DeafBlind. This session will present a variety of communication techniques for individuals who are DeafBlind and considerations to attend to while working with these individuals. This presentation is expanding our metalinguistic skills in recognizing the difference between community and mental health interpreting to ensure competent services.

Cost: $50, includes CEU credits
**Fee waived for individuals who are DeafBlind and their family members. Please contact

RID CE Hours: 2.0


Meet the Presenters

Sereta Campbell, CI/CT, QMHI-S

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Sereta Campbell, CI/CT, QMHI-S, serves as the State Interpreter Coordinator for the Office of Deaf Services with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Prior to her current position, she served as the Region II Interpreter Coordinator for the Alabama Department of Mental Health Office of Deaf Services. Originally from Virginia, Sereta comes by way of Illinois, with several stops along the way including Oregon, Minnesota, and Kentucky. Sereta spent the first part of her career in post-secondary educational settings including New River Community College in Virginia, Virginia Tech and the University of Minnesota. For the past several years she has spent her time working within state government agencies serving Deaf individuals. Sereta previously served on the board of the Alabama Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, has been recognized as Interpreter of the Year for both the Council of Alabamians Serving Deaf Alabamians (COSDA) and the South East Regional Institute on Deafness (SERID). She was previously an approved Local Test Administrator (LTA) for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and is recognized as a Qualified Mental Health Interpreter Practicum Supervisor.


Amanda G. Somdal, LCSW, LICSW

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Amanda G. Somdal is a licensed clinical social worker, licensed in Alabama and California. She’s a Deaf Therapist for the Alabama Department of Mental Health, Office of Deaf Services – serving the southeast area of Alabama. Amanda has worked with the Deaf community for over 25 years in providing individual and family therapy specializing in deaf batterers, deaf mental health, and sexual assault survivors. Amanda served on several boards such as the Advocacy Council for Abused Deaf Children, and the Association of Batterer’s Intervention Programs. Amanda loves giving workshops on a wide range of issues from mental health issues, self-harm, sexual assault, and domestic violence to deaf culture and mental health interpreting. Amanda graduated from California State University, Northridge, and Gallaudet University. She has an awesome partner and two young men that put grey in her hair and laughter in her heart.


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