deafweekly

 

March 7, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 17

Editor: Tom Willard

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NATIONAL
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Indianapolis, IN
HOUSE APPROVES CENTER FOR DEAF
The Indiana House on Tuesday narrowly accepted final changes to a bill creating a new center for deaf and hearing-impaired Hoosiers meant to give unbiased information on educational options for parents. House Bill 1367 passed 54-36 and is now headed to Gov. Mitch Daniels for his signature. / The Journal Gazette

Las Vegas, NV
CHARTER SCHOOL FOR DEAF SIGNS OFF IN BANKRUPTCY
The Las Vegas Charter School of the Deaf went bankrupt this summer after just three school years, said Caroline Bass, who's on the board of the school that took 10 years of planning to open. Even worse, board members are now $90,000 in debt because of the school's costs, which government funding didn't come close to covering. / Review Journal

St. Louis, MO
GROUP RALLIES IN DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS FOR DEAF CULTURE
The march covered only eight blocks, but it was meant to carry a strong message that deafness is a cultural identity, not a disability. About 50 people gathered near City Hall on Sunday afternoon then walked eight blocks to the Marriott Hotel at Union Station, site of the annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Meeting. Nearly 1,000 representatives of local, state and federal programs to diagnose hearing loss among children are attending the meeting, which lasts through Tuesday. / Post-Dispatch

Detroit, MI
MARCH & RALLY AT DAY SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
The students of Detroit have the power to defend our schools and our city from the racist attacks of Roy Roberts, Mayor Dave Bing and Governor Rick Snyder. To do this we must be more determined to keep our schools open than they are to close them. / BAMN

Silver Spring, MD
FCC VRS REFORM RULEMAKING NEEDS YOUR COMMENTS!
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed new rules and asked for suggestions on how to improve Video Relay Services (VRS). The NAD first found out that the FCC was considering making reforms to VRS last summer. We have been working diligently along with other Consumer Groups representatives, to let the FCC know our concerns about possible changes to VRS and also improvements we would like to see. / NAD

Fort Wayne, IN
PUBLIC'S DENIAL DRIVING FRUSTRATIONS OF THE DEAF
Niki Kelly’s article “Deep division on deafness” (Feb. 27) brings up a question regarding House Bill 1367: At what point, exactly, does “distrust” run deep on “both sides?” While more than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents, deafness itself is not widespread, which is why many hearing people have never even met a deaf person before. Isn’t it safe to assume many of these parents never have, either? If that’s true, what immediate reason would they have to distrust the signing deaf community? / The Journal Gazette

Bridgeport, CT
DEAF MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSAULTING DEAF DAUGHTER
A deaf Fairfield man pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting his deaf daughter. The 48-year-old defendant, whose name is not being disclosed by the Connecticut Post to protect the victim's identity, stood between two sign-language interpreters and pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual assault. The defendant faces 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 11. / Connecticut Post

Albany, GA
DEAF WOMAN SAVED IN ALBANY HOUSE FIRE
A scorched wheelchair ramp and torched attic are the damage left by a fire on the 600 block of Louis Street on Southside that trapped two women in side. 61-year old Caroline Gaines has been treated for smoke inhalation and released from Phoebe. The woman and her sister were in the home as a fire started on the wheelchair ramp. High winds blew the fire into the home. Firefighters had to break a window to rescue Gaines, who was in a wheel chair and stuck inside. / WALB


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INTERNATIONAL
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London, England
DEAF TEENAGER COMPOSES OLYMPIC MUSIC FOR BBC ORCHESTRA
A deaf teenager has been asked to compose a piece of Olympic-themed music to be played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2012. Lloyd Coleman, 18, who is also visually impaired, recently won a place at London's Royal Academy of Music. He will be mentored by Larry Ashmore who has worked on films including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. / BBC News

London, England
HEARTLESS POST OFFICE CASHIER STEALS THOUSANDS FROM DEAF CUSTOMERS
A Post Office cashier in Ealing has been jailed for stealing over £20,000 from a deaf customer who trusted her to assist with banking arrangements. Jeyaruban Sivayokini, age 37 of Randolph Road, Southall appeared at Isleworth Crown Court last week for her trial, during which she declined to give evidence. She was unanimously found guilty of theft by the jury and sentenced to three years' imprisonment. / EalingToday.co.uk

London, England
DANCING ON ICE ANGERS DEAF VIEWERS WITH BIZARRE SUBTITLES
It's Sunday night, you're settling down to watch Dancing On Ice and hopefully see some witty banter from the judges. So what does one judge have to say about the skaters? 'Across the ice and the Samaritans and speedo you.' Or how about, 'Right is affecting their partnership. Pulled your ball up.' These are just some of the strange subtitles that have appeared on the show. And now, the National Deaf Children's Society has slammed ITV for its 'bizarre and confusing' captioning on the hit celebrity figure skating contest. / Daily Mail

Buckinghamshire, England
DEAF CHILDREN REAP BENEFITS OF DOG INITIATIVE
A pioneering project to partner deaf children with hearing dogs for the first time has transformed the lives of the young people involved, according to an evaluation of the initiative. The study by the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, found that children with hearing dogs grew in confidence, felt safer and achieved more at school. / Children & Young People Now

South Yorkshire, England
REFEREE BANS FOOTBALLER FOR WEARING HEARING AIDS
Deaf footballer Craig Beech has played more than 120 matches over six seasons without any problems. But during his latest match, the keen sportsman was ordered off the pitch by a health and safety mad referee who claimed his hearing aids were 'dangerous'. / Daily Mail

Edmonton, AB, Canada
EDMONTON'S INNER-CITY FOLK FIND A FRIEND IN DEAF SEMINARIAN
Matthew Hysell lives in a mostly silent world, but people in Edmonton’s inner city know that when they speak, the young man with the profound hearing loss listens. Hysell, who is studying to become a Roman Catholic priest at St. Joseph’s Seminary, was left almost completely deaf after contracting spinal meningitis when he was 18 months old. / Edmonton Journal

Canberra, Australia
DEAFNESS NO BARRIER TO CARTLEDGE'S DREAM
Samuel Cartledge may have been born profoundly deaf but that hasn't stopped him chasing his Olympic dreams. The 18-year-old has set his sights on being a member of the Australian deaf basketball team to compete at the 2013 Deaf Olympics. Cartledge has been added to Australia's deaf basketball team squad preparing for the Asia-Pacific Deaf Games in South Korea in May. He got his start in deaf basketball by chance only last year, after playing with able-hearing children since he was eleven years old. / Canberra Times

Zanzibar, Tanzania
EVERYONE SHOULD LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE
Zanzibar has launched a motivation campaign to sensitize people to learn sign language to help facilitate communication with deaf people in Zanzibar. The campaign involves distributing books that contain signs and communication skills related to deaf language. An official said at the launching ceremony that every "person has the right to get information." / Daily News

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
DEAF COMMUNITY SETS UP BAKERY FROM FUNDS GIVEN BY KIND DONORS
It was not long ago when the Community Service Centre for the Deaf received a donation from the Latin American Ladies Association of Malaysia and Hong Leong Foundation that led to the setting up of Silent Teddies Bakery. Now, after two years, the hearing-impaired youths, led by pastry chef Khew Yun Loi, have embarked on a project to raise funds to purchase equipment for the bakery and start a cafe of their own. / The Star

Hanoi, Vietnam
DEAF CHILDREN TO HAVE ACCESS TO 'NATIVE' SIGN LANGUAGE
Deaf children in Viet Nam will soon have access to opportunities to learn their native sign language through the project "Intergenerational Deaf Education Outreach", which was launched today in Ha Noi. The 2012-15 project is being funded by the Japanese Social Development Fund and entrusted to the management of the World Bank, with a budget of US$2,798,270 plus VND2 billion ($95,000) from the Vietnamese Government. / VietNam News


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LIFE & LEISURE
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Las Vegas, NV
THAT DEAF GUY ...
So a week ago in Vegas (this story is going to end very differently than most that start this way), from the back of the ballroom at the Business of Comics Seminar I attended, I noticed that a man at the front of the room was interpreting each guest speaker in ASL. I got all excited (because, y’know, I recognized a total of two signs) and at some point I resolved that I would find the deaf person he was signing to and introduce myself… as soon as I could remember enough signs to do so. / Girls With Slingshots

Salt Lake City, UT
EMILY THOMAS, BRIDGING THE WORLDS OF THE DEAF AND THE HEARING
For some deaf recipients of cochlear implants, it can take up to 10 years to learn to distinguish sounds and to speak. But for Emily Thomas, from Oklahoma, it was a miraculously short period of less than two years — years that coincided with her finding the gospel and deciding that God’s gift of words to her was a sacred trust. In this audio interview with Thomas .... / Deseret News

Grand Island, NE
SMOKE DETECTOR PROGRAM TO HELP HEARING IMPAIRED
A member of the Grand Island Fire Department installed Monday the first specially designed smoke detector to help families with children who are deaf or hearing impaired. Jared Stockwell of the Grand Island Fire Department installed the smoke detector in conjunction with Grand Island Public Schools. / The Independent

Lansdale, PA
NEW INSPIRATIONAL BLOG BY DEAF AUTHOR 'RESONATES'
Brian Patrick Jensen is a Montgomery County, Pa. resident, proud father of two teenage daughters and a successful business executive. “I have been blessed in every way.” Jensen observes with smile. “Sure I had some auditory loss for a few years, but with hearing aids I was fine.” That all changed in June 2010, when Jensen, who is now 50, suffered sudden dramatic hearing loss that left him profoundly and permanently deaf. “It was cold, dark, silence.” Jensen stoically recalls. / PR Urgent

Norman, OK
STUDENT OVERCOMES HEARING IMPAIRMENT WITH COCHLEAR IMPLANTS
First, doctors shaved a small portion of hair around his left ear. Then, they put him under anesthesia. They drilled into his skull and inserted a small electrode ray into cochlea, his inner ear. Once activated, the electrode would give him the sense of sound again. OU freshman Taylre Turoczi wasn’t born deaf, but he did get 22 ear infections before he turned 18 months. / OUDaily.com

Minneapolis, MN
ALL THAT I CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND
The misadventures of a blind-deaf man who just wants to discard his Braille magazines. / Star Tribune


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Austin, TX
EATER'S HOTTEST CHEF IN AMERICA 2012 IS KURT RAMBORGER
Ladies and gents, we have a winner: After tabulating all the votes in our hottest chef competition in a head-to-head tournament -- and eliminating all the fraudulent votes -- we can officially crown Eater's Second Annual Hottest Chef in America. The winner: chef Kurt Ramborger of ViUDA Bistro in Buda, TX (just outside of Austin). He's deaf, haven't you heard? / Eater National

Mansfield, CT
INTERPRETERS FOR THE DEAF FORM UNIQUE BOND WITH PATIENTS
Medical staff is trained to keep an emotional distance from patients. But for interpreters of deaf and hard-of-hearing patients, who follow patients through every step of their hospital experience, it can be very challenging at times to keep their distance. / UConn Today

Los Angeles, CA
KEITH NOLAN, DEAF ROTC SOLDIER, WORKS TO CHANGE MILITARY ACCEPTANCE RULES
Growing up, Cadet Private Keith Nolan knew he wanted to be in the military. After high school he went to enlist, but instead, got three words scribbled on a torn-off sheet of paper: "Bad ear, disqual." Nolan, 29 and deaf, has been trying for decades to join the U.S. military. While some of his persistance has paid off -- he's passed the first two levels of ROTC, joining the Bravo Company at California State University -- he's currently prohibited from moving on to level three. / The Huffington Post

Harrison, NY
SERVING THE DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING PATIENT POPULATION
Sabrina Magid, DMD, is a young dentist in Harrison, N.Y., who is uniquely qualified to serve an important part of the patient population that includes the deaf and hard-of-hearing. I recently had the opportunity to ask Dr. Magid a few questions about her practice and her involvement with these patients. / DentistryIQ


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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New York, NY
'TRIBES,' OFF-BROADWAY PLAY, TELLS STORY OF A DEAF SON STRUGGLING TO BE HEARD
A family dinner in the beginning of Nina Raine's "Tribes" tells the audience all it needs to know about the crisis of understanding that plagues the characters in this bright and boldly provocative drama. One of the adult children is conspicuously silent – watching intently, listening with his eyes, occasionally interrupting the torrent of words to ask for a recap of what had been said. These interruptions are the only moments in which the others seem to notice him. / The Huffington Post

Los Angeles, CA
'THE CLEVELAND SHOW' RECAP: TIL DEAF
Lester aims to shoot a deer when Cleveland pops up in front of him. Lester hits his hat, making Cleveland go deaf. At the hospital, the doctor says it is only temporary and will last one week. He frets over what he will tell Donna. At home, Cleveland can't hear Donna's complaints about the pharmacist and simply nods to everything she says. / TheCelebrityCafe.com

Austin, Texas
HUNDREDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND ASL FEST
A celebration of sign language has brought in hundreds of students from across the state. The Texas School for the Deaf, along with ACC and the Galladudet University Regional Center are hosting the ASL Fest, which gives students a bird's eye view of career opportunities they might want to pursue. The three day festival is showcasing experts in their fields, like musicians, cartoonists and artists. And through seminars and events, students can get direct contact with those leaders. / myFOXaustin

New York, NY
SIGNS AND RHYMES: GALLATIN STUDENT TO HOST DEAF HIP-HOP SHOW
Jesse Warner’s upcoming event is far from ordinary. Next month, Warner, a junior in Gallatin, will hold SIGNS AND RHYMES: Intersections of Deaf & Hip-Hop Cultures, a concert which explores the developments of hip-hop within the minority of the Deaf community. The event is slated to feature two unique performers, SignMark and CJ Jones, who use American Sign Language in their inspiring acts. / NYU Local

Tokyo, Japan
TALE OF FATHER-DAUGHTER LOVE THAT SURVIVES TOUGH TIMES
The young girl clings to her deaf mother's hip in a crowded bowling alley, watching as a deaf man with hooks for hands talks using sign language, scraping the curved metal claws together as if demonstrating cooking knives. The image opens "Burn Down the Ground," a memoir by debut U.S. author Kambri Crews about growing up as the hearing child of two deaf parents, a life that she credits with giving her both an aptitude and love of storytelling that have helped make her the successful comedian she is today. / Reuters

North Hollywood, CA
DEAF WEST THEATRE'S ED WATERSTREET ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
The board of directors of Deaf West Theatre, under the leadership of board president Mark Freund, announced the retirement of founding artistic director Ed Waterstreet after 21 years. / Patch.com


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SPORTS
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Springfield, MA
THE LEARNING CENTER FOR THE DEAF BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM 'FASCINATING'
From the moment I sat down I was intrigued by MacDuffie’s opponent: The Learning Center for the Deaf. I had never seen an all-deaf team play a high school game. I was curious. The Learning Center, located in Framingham, went through its warm-ups just like any other high school team, other than that it was pin-drop silent. I could tell I was going to see a hard-working team. I saw much more. / The Republican

Sioux City, IA
DEAF COMMUNITY HOSTS ANNUAL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IN IOWA
It looks just like your typical basketball game ... the only difference is, the players on these teams can't hear. The 63rd Annual Midwest Athletic Association for the Deaf's tournament took place in Sergeant Bluff Iowa Saturday. People come from all over the region to play in this tournament. Even though the players can't hear, it doesn't stop them from hitting the hardwood. / KCAU

Tulsa, OK
SENIOR TU BASKETBALL PLAYER PLANS CAREER HELPING THE DEAF
Denise Lewis has always been the eyes and ears for her deaf parents. As a young child, she would go to a store and interpret - through sign language - questions from her mother and father. As a teenager, she even helped her family in the tricky business of purchasing a home by being a communication bridge for her parents. Lewis has never seen her role as a burden. Instead, it appears to be a launching pad to her dream. / Tulsa World

Cincinnati, OH
DUMMY HOY'S STORY WILL BE TOLD
If Robert Redford was “The Natural,” who would be “The Silent Natural”? Steve Sandy of Columbus has a screenplay ready about Dummy Hoy, the deaf-mute Reds Hall of Fame outfielder who was responsible for umpires using hand signals. “He’s the man who changed the way baseball is,” says Sandy, 45, who also is deaf. He co-wrote the script with director David Risotto of Dar-Cor Pictures of California. / Cincinnati.com


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COMING EVENTS
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Swarthmore, PA
SWARTHMORE COLLEGE TO HOST INTERNATIONAL DEAF POETRY FESTIVAL
Signing Hands Across the Water is an international festival of sign language poetry to be held March 16–18, 2012. The three-day conference will bring together sign language poets from Britain and America to explore this art form with members of the College, the deaf community, and visitors from the wider community. / Swarthmore College

Seattle, WA
SEATTLE DEAF FILM FESTIVAL
Deaf Spotlight is thrilled to present our main event, the Seattle Deaf Film Festival (SDFF), where you will have many opportunities to see a variety of short and feature films by, about and for the Deaf Community! We believe that through cinema, we can promote a vibrant community of emerging and experienced Deaf filmmakers, actors and producers. You'll see films from the United States as well as from all over the world, in five categories: drama, documentary, animation, comedy and suspense! March 30 - April 1, 2012, University of Washington. / Deaf Spotlight

Rochester, NY
ROCHESTER DEAF FESTIVAL
The Rochester Deaf Festival, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new website – RochesterDeafFestival.org –in time for the upcoming 4th annual festival! The 4th Annual Rochester Deaf Festival will include exhibits, entertainment, delicious food, a cake contest, amazing prizes, activities for children and many more! The event will take place at Ellison Park on Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. / RDF


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Amarillo, TX
PHILIP 'PHIL' LEE SHERIDAN
Philip “Phil” Lee Sheridan, 87, passed away on February 26, 2012, in Amarillo due to natural causes. Phil was born in Berkeley, Calif., on October 17, 1924, as he entered his family as the only deaf child. Phil grew up in various locations (Berkeley, Pasadena, Honolulu, Big Springs (or Big Timber) Montana and Vancouver B.C.). Being deaf is never easy, especially during challenging times. / Amarillo Globe-News


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HOWARD COLLEGE
Office of the President

February 8, 2012

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

To the Deaf Education Community:

We are seeking nominations for the Provost position at the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf in Big Spring, Texas. After three years of successful service, Dr. Mark Myers is returning to the East Coast to be closer to family. We are requesting nominations to this crucial position for the future of our institution. You may refer to our website at www.howardcollege.edu for the complete position notice.

To propose a candidate for this program, please submit a letter of recommendation to Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, President, Howard County Junior College District, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX 79720. The letter should summarize the candidate's qualifications for the position. Please include a curriculum vitae and names of individuals who may be willing to comment upon the candidate's fitness for the position.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Education…For Learning, For Earning, For Life

Cheryl T. Sparks, Ed.D.
President

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JOB OPENING
OUTREACH COORDINATOR (UTAH)

Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full-time position open for “Outreach Coordinator-Utah”.

Location: Salt Lake City area

Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone Relay Service (CapTel®) for Relay Utah.

Preferred education, experience and skills:

Knowledge of:
Effective communication and public outreach techniques.
Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.
Familiarity with the users communities that could benefit from relay services:
o Senior Community
o Hard of Hearing Community
o Deaf Community

Skill in:
Organizing outreach and educational campaigns.
Developing clear written content for technical and non-technical audiences for use on Relay Utah Facebook and Twitter sites.
Public speaking and confidently communicating verbally to a wide variety of audiences.

Ability to:
Maintain effective working relationships with Relay Administrator and non-profit and for profit partners, the public and other agencies.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Plan, schedule and organize multiple priorities and a high volume of work.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Completion of an undergraduate degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach program or related marketing experience are required. Experience in the telecommunications field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus.
Excellent presentation skills
Experience in public relations activities.
Hold a valid driver’s license.
Fluency in English and American Sign Language.
Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are encouraged to apply.

Apply online at: www.workforhamilton.com or contact our HR Corporate office at: (800) 821-1831 by March 16, 2012.

Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

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JOB OPENING
OUTREACH COORDINATOR (GEORGIA)

Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full-time position open for “Georgia Relay Outreach Coordinator”.

Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone Relay Service (CapTel®) for Georgia Relay.

Preferred education, experience and skills:

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Knowledge of:
Effective communication and public outreach techniques.
Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.
Familiarity with the users communities that could benefit from relay services:
o Senior Community
o Hard of Hearing Community
o Deaf Community

Skill in:
Organizing outreach and educational campaigns.
Public speaking and confidently communicating verbally to a wide variety of audiences.

Ability to:
Maintain effective working relationships with Relay Administrator and non-profit and for profit partners, the public and other agencies.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Plan, schedule and organize multiple priorities and a high volume of work.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Completion of an undergraduate degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach program or related marketing experience are required. Experience in the telecommunication field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus.
Excellent presentation skills.
Experience in public relations activities.
Hold a valid driver’s license.
Fluency in English and American Sign Language.
Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are encouraged to apply.

Apply online at: www.workforhamilton.com or contact our HR Corporate office at: (800) 821-1831 by March 19, 2012.

Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

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Mental Health Program Consultant (Mental Health Specialist)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division
Minnesota Department of Human Services

Two positions available:
St. Cloud, MN
Mankato, MN

$ 46,312-$ 68,257 annually / Full benefits

Job Description:
This position provides culturally affirmative mental health services to D/HH adults coping with mental health issues. The main responsibility of the Mental Health Specialist is to provide psychotherapy/ counseling services and the remaining of time will include clinical case management/coordination, consultation, training, aftercare planning, and community placement assistance for D/HH adults.

Minimum Qualifications:
Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL)
At least 2 years advanced profession experience, OR 1 year advanced professional experience plus 2 years professional experience providing direct mental health services to D/HH individuals.
Master's Degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or behavioral-health related field
Licensed or license-eligible for LPC, LPCC, LP, LICSW or LMFT in the state of Minnesota

Contact: Dr. John Gournaris
e-mail: john.gournaris@state.mn.us

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Therapeutic Staff Support—TSS Professionals

Looking for an enticing job that challenges your character and skills? Look no further! Working with children in an apprenticeship role will instill you with new skills that can be used in fields such as: psychology, education, business and government.

You will learn the magical art of healthy working relationships in the classroom, conjuring boundaries with children and learn the valuable trade of managing children’s behaviors.

You will be provided with resources and support from the behavior specialist on a weekly basis. Have strong “people’s person skills? You will find this job to be a good fit, and for those who strive to be a “people’s person” the behavior specialist s will teach you valuable skills to help you be successful in the workplace environment.

TSS candidates must possess a bachelors degree in Psychology, Social Work, Human Services or related field and one year previous work experience with children or at minimum 60 college credits and three years work experience with children.

TSS Aide candidates must possess a high school diploma and two years of verified volunteer or paid work experience with children.

All applicants must be proficient in American Sign Language (ASL).

Case assignments are generally in a school setting, however some clients require services in the home. Work hours vary from ten to thirty hours per week based on approved client hours and staff flexibility to accept more than one assignment. Work is available in Philadelphia and Bucks County.

For immediate consideration please email your resume to mstoll@warwickfamilyservices.com or via fax to 267-525-7014.

For additional information about our company log on to our website: www.warwickfamilyservices.com

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