the training is multi-disciplinary. Participating students come from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, psychiatry, mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, art therapy, social work and interpreting. Partners with SOPP are the University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College through its Interpreter Training Program.
The program at Wright State, which began in 1989 with a grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health, is now planning to expand. Basil is pursuing the development of satellite clinics in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati and the beginning of on-line instruction through the World Wide Web. He said Wright State has an online master's program in rehabilitation counseling, and this can be tied to the mental health and deafness program.
The American Disabilities Act, which became law in 1990, has been a strong impetus for training individuals to accommodate deaf clients in mental health and health care fields, according to Basil. This has resulted in hospitals, county government and social service providers hiring those who complete this program.
Basil said agencies that work with SOPP in this program include the Dayton Community Services for the Deaf, the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation of the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, CSD of Ohio, the Hearing Impaired Students Program of the Dayton Public Schools, Regional Assessment Center for Handicapped students, Ohio School for the Deaf and St. Rita's School for the Deaf.
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