Interpreting in Mental Health


Whitney Gissell


1 Hour




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This course is presented by Whitney Gissell, a BEI Advanced level certified ASL interpreter. It is designed to demystify the black box that is mental health interpreting. Participants in the webinar will acquire skills in navigating linguistic disfluency and managing the difficult intricacies of mental health encounters.
  • Identifying most common mental health disorders and brain disorders
  • Understanding barriers to formulating dynamically equivalent messages
  • Gaining insights to types of language disfluency
  • Developing tools for navigating disfluency

Continuing Education

  •  1 ATA
  • .1 BEI
  •  1 CCHI
  •  1 WA DSHS
  • .1 IMIA
  • .1 RID (This course has been approved for .1 RID CEUs by the Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf (TSID). TSID has a $10 processing fee. They waive that fee for current TSID members.).


Whitney Gissell is a BEI Advanced level certified American Sign Language interpreter and the former Manager for Compliance and Quality Assurance for MW. Her degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience from Texas A&M University laid the foundation of knowledge upon which she drew on during her experiences as the first staff American Sign Language Interpreter at the world-renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Texas Medical Center. During her professional experience, Whitney has acquired deep familiarity with the opportunities and challenges of medical interpreting leading her to develop a collection of training courses for healthcare interpreters and translators that she has presented at forums across the country while she held the position of Training and Development Specialist for MasterWord. She has served as President of the Greater Houston Interpreters for the Deaf, on the board of Texas Association of Healthcare Interpreters and Translators and held a seat on the Advisory Committee for Qualifications for Healthcare Translators and Interpreters established by the Texas Legislature.

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