Connect2Care Virtual Conference

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Growing Connections And Our Care.

TGM’s Connect2Care Virtual Conference is dedicated to providing sign language interpreters with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively navigate mental health settings. The project seeks to address the gap in training for sign language interpreters when it comes to mental health topics, both for their own self-care and for the benefit of the deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals they work with. We’re delighted to share our second annual conference with you!

Workshop topics include:

Racial Trauma: Considerations for Interpreters with Roshni Shukla
Foundations of Group Therapy with KaLynn Terrell
Queer Experiences & Gender Affirming Care with Kendall Smith
Linguistic Deprivation: Considerations for Interpreters with Jacob Thornton

Discount Ticket pricing available until March 31st!

Roshni Shukla presents “Racial Trauma: Considerations for Interpreters” Saturday May 6, 2023, 9am-11am CST, 0.2 PPO CEUs

Description: This training will promote awareness of the prevalence of racial trauma, especially considering the susceptibility of experiencing racial charged discrimination or oppression for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals of color. Participants will engage in activities to facilitate their own self-awareness of their intersecting privileged and marginalized identities. Best practices to provide trauma-informed care will be discussed, as well as how individuals of various identities can facilitate safety with those disclosing racially traumatic experiences.

KaLynn Terrell presents “Foundations of Group Therapy” Saturday May 6, 2023, 11:30a-1:30p CST, 0.2 GS CEUs

Description: This workshop will be an overview of the basic tenants of group therapy. Topics of group norms, sharing space, and building rapport will be included. We will discuss the differences between types of groups and discuss fostering group connection and safety. Participants will engage in a mock group therapy process activity so that they can get an idea of what it feels like to be in the group as a member. We will discuss the differences between Group Therapy modalities, group structures, and the group therapy.

Kendall Smith presents “Queer Experiences and Gender-Affirming Care” Saturday May 6, 2023, 2:30pm-4:30pm CST, 0.2 PPO CEUs

Description: This training will promote awareness of gendered and binary language, and experiences that prohibit the holistic wellbeing, treatment, and care of queer and gender diverse individuals. This training will also provide audience members with a broad look into the experiences of queer individuals as impacted by systems. Audience members will be asked to participate in reflection during- and post-workshop that will facilitate their own awareness, growth, and understanding in affirming the queer experience and support LGBTQ+ individuals. Best practices to provide queer- and gender-affirming care will be discussed.

Keynote Speaker Jacob Thornton presents “Linguistic Deprivation: Considerations for Interpreters” Saturday May 6, 2023, 5pm-7pm CST, 0.2 PPO CEUs

*This workshop will be presented in ASL. Voice interpreters will not be provided for this workshop.

Description: This workshop will promote awareness of the general effect of linguistic deprivation in the Deaf community as a cultural and linguistic minority, with an emphasis on clients who use ASL as their primary mode of communication.  By delving into the historical influence on the values and beliefs of this community, participants will be able to recognize often-overlooked biases that effect D/HH clients. Ethical considerations pertaining to confidentiality, multiple relationships, and competence will also be addressed along with a discussion of how to co-construct narrative from a Deaf perspective.

Workshop Presenter Bios

Keynote Speaker: Jacob Thornton (he/him) is a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in Deaf mental health and works with individuals who are Deaf and hard of hearing.  Jacob previously worked full-time at an outpatient mental health clinic in New York City.  Currently, Jacob works part-time and remotely for agencies in New York City and Denton, Texas.  Jacob primarily works at Dallas ISD, where he provides counseling services to Deaf and hard-of-hearing students. In his practice, Jacob has worked extensively with clients who have experienced the challenges of language deprivation. His theoretical approaches are centered in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). 

Roshni Shukla (she/her) received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. Currently, Roshni is an advanced doctoral trainee pursuing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and is a doctoral intern at TGM. Roshni is passionate about working with those with experiences with relational trauma, racial trauma, identity based and acculturation related concerns, and the immigrant experience. Roshni works through a trauma-informed, interpersonal, attachment based, feminist, and multicultural approach. She believes the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is incredibly important for healing and hopes to co-create a space that not only is a secure base, but also allows her clients to feel welcomed, affirmed, and safe to be their most authentic selves. Roshni believes that her clients are the experts of their own lives, and therefore, hopes to work collaboratively with her clients so they can feel empowered in their lives.

KaLynn Terrell (she/her) earned a Master’s of Art in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. Currently, KaLynn is pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. KaLynn is passionate about social justice, increasing accessibility of mental health care and increasing the overall well-being of Black women. KaLynn values connection, collaboration, mentorship, and intellectual curiosity. KaLynn is a practicum therapist, community liaison and founding member of the TWU BIPOC Women’s Leadership Program, an instructor, and one of the social justice advocacy graduate assistants for Division 17 of the APA. KaLynn has experience providing group and individual therapy to a variety of age groups. When working with clients, KaLynn uses relational-cultural and person-centered theoretical approaches. KaLynn aims to provide a tailored experience to each client to honor the client’s context, goals, and intersectional experiences.

Kendall Smith (they/them), M. A., is a doctoral candidate and advanced doctoral trainee earning their PhD in Counseling Psychology at Texas Woman’s University. Kendall specializes in queer and trans mental health. They have previously worked part-time in a counseling center at the University of Texas and full-time in Housing and Dining at Texas Woman’s University. Currently, Kendall is an advanced clinical intern at The Gracious Mind where they provide counseling services to individuals, couples, and groups as well as individual psychological assessments. Kendall often works with queer, trans, neurodivergent, and/or disabled clients. Their theoretical approach is from a solution-focused, interpersonal, feminist, multicultural lens with an emphasis on attachment and the therapeutic relationship. Kendall is passionate about working with and advocating for marginalized populations and historically oppressed groups, which underlies their drive to learn ASL and to understand Deaf culture in order to reduce barriers of and to care.

TSID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.  The Connect2Care Conference is a Professional Studies program offered for 0.8 CEUs at the “Some Content Knowledge Level.” Target audience: working interpreters.

Sign language interpreters will be provided for all workshops except for the keynote (5-7pm CST). Specific accomodations requests can be directed to

The Gracious Mind supports policies on non-discrimination and promotion of an environment of mutual respect and free from bias.

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