ATA61 Distinguished Speaker

We are proud to welcome Dr. Claudia Salazar as our division’s distinguished speaker this year. Dr. Salazar has over 10 years of experience conducting psychological evaluations for political asylum, waivers for hardship and citizenship examinations, and other immigration purposes for clients from diverse backgrounds and languages.

She leads a team of therapists passionate about providing innovative and effective psychotherapy services. As a therapist, consultant, and trainer, Dr. Salazar has been working closely with international humanitarian and development organizations to help strengthen resilience for professionals working in challenging environments. Dr. Salazar holds a doctoral degree from the George Washington University, and a specialization in Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.

Sessions
Dr. Salazar will present two 60-minute sessions on Saturday, October 24, at 12:30 – 1:30 pm EDT (part 1) and 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT (part 2) titled:

No Longer the ‘Third Wheel’: Overcoming the Challenges of Working with Interpreters in the Mental Health Encounter

Interpreting in mental health settings poses unique challenges that require advanced training and the skills of both the interpreter and clinician. In recent years, there has been a dramatic global effort and progress toward the destigmatization of the use of mental health care services. It’s imperative that clinicians and interpreters find ways to work in close collaboration to increase access and improve outcomes of mental health services for limited-English individuals. The speaker will discuss guidelines relevant to training and delivery of services for the successful integration of an interpreter in psychotherapy.