Changes to Conference Schedule – 9/24/21

We’re excited to announce NEW events at the Missouri Interpreters Conference! Our keynote will be presented by Dr. Ron Lybarger, and our Saturday entertainment will be provided by Edison Lopez, Jr.

Everything You Need to Know About the BEI

The 2021 Missouri Interpreters Conference will include several workshops focused on getting BEI certified. Three of this year’s conference presenters–Lauri Metcalf, Kim Hunt, and Stephanie Rotheram–will be joining us from Texas, the home of the BEI, to give us more insight into the testing system, how it works, and what it takes to pass the tests!

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2021 Missouri Interpreters Conference Workshop Descriptions

Opening Ceremonies & Keynote Presentation: Resiliency Is More Than A Concept: What’s In Your Tank?

Friday | 6:30-8:00 p.m. | 0.1 CEUs

Presented by Dr. Ron Lybarger | Paradise

 

Welcome to the Missouri Interpreters Conference! We’ll start off this session with a brief presentation of this year’s conference theme and a few housekeeping notes. Then, prepare for a presentation on resiliency from Dr. Ron Lybarger, our keynote presenter:

Resiliency is not just a concept!  In order to establish and maintain resiliency as a sign language interpreter, you need a PLAN.  Dr. Lybarger will describe the need for interpreters to have an intentional and deliberate plan to maintain resilience.  Strategies and techniques that individuals can use to establish a personal resiliency plan will be detailed.  Participants will be encouraged to develop a specific personal plan to move resiliency from theory to practice.

 

Mirror Mirror – Reflections of Ethics and Professionalism

Friday | 8:30-10:30 p.m. | 0.2 CEUs in Ethics

Presented by Kim Hunt | Windgate 62/63/64

 

Are you just starting out in the Interpreting profession or have wondered if you did the “right” thing after a completed assignment? Ethics & professionalism are a priority that does not only include Interpreters but the population and entities we represent.   It is more than a set of rules or policies governed by multiple systems and professional organizations. Ramifications of our actions include the media, legal liability, social expectations, attire, confidentiality, private as well as the public arena to name a few. What is needed before, during and after assignments will be analyzed. Participants will view brief “real- world” visual scenarios, be involved in collaborative breakouts and gain insight to methods and skills.  Whether you are a novice or veteran Interpreter walk out knowing what the professional reflection in your mirror should be.

 

Mentoring Ethically

Friday | 8:30-10:30 p.m. | 0.2 CEUs in Ethics

Presented by Stephanie Rotheram | Leeward 74/75/76/77

 

This workshop will focus on the mentoring relationship: how to give and receive feedback, establish expectations, and how to support someone as they develop their interpreting skills. Participants will learn about the importance of supporting a mentee, yet encouraging them to grow. We will explore the different types of feedback and have the opportunity to reflect on what they can bring to a mentoring relationship.

 

Preparing Yourself To Be An Interpreter: The Human Aspect

Saturday | 8:00-10:00 a.m. | 0.2 CEUs

Presented by Dr. Ron Lybarger | Windgate

 

You have worked very hard to put yourself in a position to be an interpreter.   You have spent a lot of time, money, and emotional energy honing interpreting skills to make you as good as you can be.   Now that you have arrived, learning to care for yourself as a human being and understanding the complicated impact interpreting has on your wellbeing and quality of life is essential to survival/longevity in the field.  In this workshop, Dr. Lybarger will address the nature of vicarious/secondary trauma as well as other aspects of interpreting that can challenge our ability to take care of ourselves as new interpreters.  Specific strategies for resiliency practices will be detailed.

 

Soft Skills and Ethics: Working Hand in Hand

Saturday | 8:00-10:00 a.m. | 0.2 CEUs in Ethics

Presented by Lauri Metcalf | Leeward 74/75/76/77

 

The focus of this workshop includes the importance of soft skills in our work as interpreters, how our personal morals and ethics influence our decision making and how soft skills are integral part of the Code for Professional Conduct.

 

The Significant Impact of Quick Research: Comicon Version!

Saturday | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 0.2 CEUs

Presented by Peige Turner | Windgate 62/63/64

 

Have you ever accepted a very niche-specific job and immediately thought “WHY DID I TAKE THAT?” As an interpreter it’s important to render the message faithfully, but how do you render “It’s bigger on the inside!”?  What the heck does that mean?  Well I can tell you who knows; the presenter and the client. As the intermediary, how do you deliver the content without taking away the whimsey of this statement?

Well have no fear, in this workshop you will learn how to utilize apps on your personal device when you’re in a rush! This will help you add to your already ginormous tool bag of skills, give you practice on how to quickly research, and build enough confidence to say “I got this!”

 

Conquering the TEP, Part 1

Saturday | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 0.2 CEUs

Presented by Stephanie Rotheram | Leeward 74/75/76/77

 

Attend all six hours of this session to learn strategies and decision-making techniques to improve English comprehension and gain a knowledge base for the Test of English Proficiency (TEP).  We will focus on how to analyze a written passage and understand the relationship of ideas within the passage, and work with vocabulary that falls outside their comfort zone.  It will allow for hands-on practice with sentences containing missing items, as well as identifying synonyms and antonyms.

 

Deaf Cultural Appropriation

Saturday | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 0.2 CEUs

Presented by Jessica Brown | Windgate 62/63/64 (presented in ASL with quiet voicing section)

 

Social media has helped to spread awareness of ASL. When is it appropriate for a particular group or entity to spread awareness, and incorporate ASL within their social media platform? How do we distinguish which is appropriation and which isn’t? Are your intentions for spreading Deaf Culture/ASL awareness good or bad?  Come learn how to navigate social media and promote integrity of preserving ASL/Deaf culture.

 

Conquering the TEP, Part 2

Saturday | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 0.2 CEUs

Presented by Stephanie Rotheram | Leeward 74/75/76/77

 

Continue learning about strategies for taking the TEP. Part 2 is only open to participants who attended Part 1.

 

ASL Parameters for Interpreting

Saturday | 4:00-6:00 p.m. | 0.2 CEUs

Presented by Jessica Brown | Windgate 62/63/64 (presented in ASL with quiet voicing section)

 

Classifiers and parameters make up sign language and are necessary in order to expand a concept or interpret a message. Streamlining parameter rules along with NMM will help you tailor your work, improve your skills, and have fewer miscues. We will do a crash course on the five ASL parameters and apply it to various scenarios. Hands-on activity and critical thinking will leave you wondering how to put your best work forward in future assignments.

 

Conquering the TEP, Part 3

Saturday | 4:00-6:00 p.m. | 0.2 CEUs

Presented by Stephanie Rotheram | Leeward 74/75/76/77

 

Continue learning about strategies for taking the TEP. Part 2 is only open to participants who attended Parts 1 and 2.

 

LGBTQIA++: How Do I Sign That?!

Sunday | 8:00-10:00 a.m. | 0.2 CEUs

Presented by Jessica Brown | Windgate 62/63/64 (presented in ASL with quiet voicing section)

 

This workshop, taught by a Deaf Queer instructor, will focus on three main areas:

Exploring Deaf culture, history, and what is appropriate/inappropriate;

Basic LGBTQIA++ ASL – this involves learning fingerspelling, vocabulary, and relevant grammar; and

Discussing how to promote to the Deaf community and be aware of the trending signs vocabulary being presented in this community.

 

Preparing for the BEI

Sunday | 8:00-10:00 a.m. | 0.2 CEUs

Presented by Lauri Metcalf | Leeward 74/75/76/77

 

Taking the BEI is a scary and intimidating challenge for ITP students and first-time testing candidates. The fear of the unknown can be overwhelming. This workshop will help participants have a better understanding of the format of the Basic, Advanced, and Master tests as well as the possible content/genres of each section of the test. Expectations of each level of certification (Basic, Advanced, and Master) as well as the rating system will be reviewed.

 

Ethical Dilemmas and Working with First Responders

Sunday | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 0.2 CEUs in Ethics

Presented by Amy Sue Guinn | Windgate 62/63/64 (presented in ASL with quiet voicing section)

 

When an emergency happens what do we do? We call 911 and First Responders (Police, Fire, and EMT) come to the rescue! But what does this look like with an interpreter for the Deaf? What is our role, and what are some possible ethical dilemmas we may encounter? Learn about your role, your importance, and what you may face in working with First Responders. This workshop includes a brief list of vocabulary words for each major area of First Responders that could occur on the assignment. Come ready to learn and for great discussion!

 

Preparing for the BEI, Part 2

Sunday | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 0.2 CEUs

Presented by Lauri Metcalf | Leeward 74/75/76/77

 

Continue learning about strategies for taking the BEI performance exam. Jessica Kallenbach, MCDHH’s MICS Coordinator, will be available for the Q&A session to provide information specifically about certification in Missouri. Part 2 is only open to participants to attend Part 1.