The field of interpreting invites a myriad of experiences, encouraging growth both internally and professionally. This workshop offers information on the important topic of Trauma and how interpreters working with the Deaf community can develop a trauma-informed approach to their work. Topics covered include an introduction to the principles of Trauma-Informed Care and approaches, how Trauma affects individuals, and practical applications for identifying and reducing the effects of Trauma.

For over 50 years, Peace Over Violence, an LA-based private, nonprofit agency, has been providing intervention and prevention services to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking.


Wendy Blanco, LCSW is the Director of Clinical Services at Peace Over Violence in Los Angeles, California. For over 20 years Wendy has dedicated her profession to assisting low socioeconomic families in underserved communities in multiple capacities, most recently by providing mental health services as a psychotherapist. Her vast experience includes oversight of social work interns, program development and extensive community involvement.

Joy Chow, LPCC is trained in trauma-informed care, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, and neurofeedback. Joy has worked with those experiencing intimate partner violence, sexual assault, severe depression, anxiety, psychosis and dual diagnosis. Joy uses multiple modalities integral to each client’s path to whole-person care.

What will be covered in this workshop:

  • Trauma Informed Care Intro; principals and approaches
  • What is Trauma (relative, cumulative, complex)
  • What is the impact of Trauma
  • Practical application for tracking and reducing effects of Trauma

Vicki Darden is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.4 CEUs at the Some Content Knowledge Level. Presentation will be in English. Please note that this workshop is for students in the interpreting field, novice and seasoned interpreters.


  • Friday, May 31, 2024 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Saturday, June 1, 2024 | 10:00am – 2:00pm (Safe space for BIPOC Interpreters only)

WHERE: Bridges Oregon’s office, 475 Cottage St NE, Ste 120 Salem OR 97301

EMAIL TO REGISTER: (Limited availability — secure your spot today!)

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