Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Misunderstood and Underserved (Part 1 of 2)
The community of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing is an extremely diverse community. Individuals who are identified as deaf have very limited functional hearing, and the incidence of deafness in the U.S. is less than 1% of the population. Those who are hard of hearing typically have mild to moderate hearing loss and have useable residual hearing. The incidence of deaf and hard of hearing individuals increases with age, but significant hearing loss and deafness can be present and detected at birth. This two-part webinar is designed to provide attendees with more in-depth understanding of the etiology, needs, co-morbidity and culture of the deaf and hard of hearing. The webinar will culminate with a focus on the mental health needs of this population, including current barriers to effective mental health treatment. Each webinar will stand alone, and attendees do not need to be present for both sessions. However, the first webinar will aim to increase understanding of hearing loss and the impact on language development, communication, family relationships and emotional/behavioral factors. These factors lay the groundwork for better understanding the culture of deaf and hard of hearing and mental health needs.
By completing this program, participants will able to:
1. Describe the difference between deafness and hard of hearing.
2. Explain the difference in impact of acquired hearing loss and congenital hearing loss.
3. Identify four forms of communication used by deaf and hard of hearing individuals (D/HH).
4. List three neurodevelopmental conditions and three mental health conditions that may be comorbid with individuals who are D/HH.
5. Define the range of educational options to be considered for D/HH students.
Presenter Bio: Lorinda Bartlett, NCSP
Lorinda is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and is currently employed as the Center Assessment Team Lead. Her experiences have included nearly two decades of providing counseling, consultation, and psychoeducational assessment services in several states within the capacity as a statewide provider. She is a specialist in assessing students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, with and without additional needs, including but not limited to identifying and supporting students with a specific learning disability in the areas of reading and writing.
Mrs. Lorinda Bartlett
Presenter Bio: Marta Maria Tobenas, Ph.D. Marta is a clinical psychologist in Indianapolis. She obtained her Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Throughout her graduate training, she focused her research on topics relevant to children and families affected by deafness. Her dissertation, completed in 2019, was a meta-analysis of behavior problems in deaf and hard of hearing children. Her clinical experiences include various practica around South Florida in community mental health. She worked with autistic children before completing her internship at Park Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her internship focused on practicing Dialectical Behavior Therapy to treat mood and personality disorders in patients with diverse levels of functioning. Currently, her work focuses on individual therapy and psychological testing.
Dr. Marta Tobenas
Presenter Bio: Garry Wright, Ph.D. Dr. Garry Wright (he/him/his) is a licensed psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist at Neuropsychology Associates in Carmel, IN. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), M.S. and Ed.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Gallaudet University. He completed his pre-doctoral internship in pediatric psychology with a focus on intellectual and developmental disabilities at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and his two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Cook Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Wright has extensive experience providing culturally sensitive and trauma informed developmental and neuropsychological evaluations to children and adolescents with a wide range of concerns, including neurodevelopmental conditions (e.g., attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, learning disorder), acquired brain injuries, and emotional and behavioral challenges (e.g., mood and impulse control disorders). Dr. Wright is also fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and has a strong interest in providing psychological services to youths with hearing differences, as well as their families. He is also trained in evidence-based parent management training approaches, including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Research Units in Behavioral Intervention (RUBI).
Dr. Garry Wright
Special Note to Conference Attendees
The Indiana Psychological Association (IPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Indiana Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Indiana State Psychology Board and Indiana Behavioral Health Board:
IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for psychologists.
IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LMFTA, LCAC and LAC.
Licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.
Please note that APA rules require that credit be given only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leaving early will not receive CE credits. Partial credit cannot be given. We ask that all participants return the post-program evaluation form at the conclusion of the program. Mrs. Bartlett, Dr. Tobenas, Dr. Wright, and IPA have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents and will not receive any commercial support prior to or during this program.
CE certificates will be distributed via email withing two weeks post-event.
Registration Fees IPA New, Premier, Platinum, Emeritus-Practicing, and Student Members - $0
IPA Basic, Emeritus-Retired Members, and Affiliate Members - $15
Non-Members - Psychologists and Other Professionals $30
*If a non-member Student seeking to attend, please either join IPA (free membership with "sponsorship" by an IPA Academic Member or, if outside the state of Indiana, please contact email@example.com.
Registration will close on Thursday, September 16th, 2021.