"Thank you for putting together and presenting this workshop. I would say it’s probably
the most important topic for our interpreting community." - 2015 Retreat Participant
Each year we host one Retreat Weekend where
ASL-English and C/DI Interpreters can learn about Vicarious Trauma,
how it impacts them individually and as a profession AND
you gain tools on how to heal it in a wholistic way.
For 2016 we are excited to announce that based on your feedback, the Healing Vicarious Trauma Weekend Retreat is now extended to 3 days!
AND we are also inviting Direct Service Providers to the Retreat as well!
NOTE: This retreat is conducted in ASL only. No interpretation is provided.
December 2nd - 4th, 2016
Friday, 12/2, 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, 12/3 & Sunday, 12/4, 9am - 5pm
American Mountaineering Center (AMC)
710 10th St
Golden, CO 80401
Registration is now open! (Click the rate in teal to Register now!)
Early Bird - before - 5/31/16 - closed
Regular - 6/1/16 - 10/31/16 - closed
Late Registration - 11/1/16 - 11/30/16 - closed
This is a weekend is conducted entirely in ASL for those who work as:
1) Interpreters (hearing, Deaf or coda/IDP),
- who work in any setting: educational, community, freelance, staff interpreters, Mental Health, VRS, Medical, Legal, and any others.
2) Direct Service Providers:
- Advocacy work (legal, medical, systems, education, human services, anti-violence - domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, etc.),
- Education Professionals (Teachers of the Deaf, Paras, Educational Interpreters, Social workers, Administrators, etc.), and
- Social Workers and Therapists (and professors within these fields as well).
This Retreat is planned very intentionally right down to each detail. From the information, how it's presented,
to the food, the Self-care Services, the location, the date....everything!
Food: Meals are included in your Registration (Saturday & Sunday lunch) and snacks and refreshments Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the breaks. All of the food provided is Gluten-Free and mostly Dairy Free. We make sure that everything we serve is delicious and nutritious! If you have any additional food sensitivities, allergies or preferences, you will be able to note these on your Registration Form.
Location: Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the American Mountaineering Center is wheelchair accessible and conveniently has their own parking lot. There are several hotels and B&B's within just a few minutes walking distance of the AMC - see Travel & Lodging below. There is a lovely park across the street with Clear Creek running through it. The main street, Washington Avenue, has lots of local shops and restaurants for you to enjoy just a couple of blocks away from the AMC! To see more about great adventures you can enjoy in Golden, Colorado, click here.
Travel & Lodging: All Travel and Lodging arrangements are left up to the attendee. Golden, CO is located roughly about 30 minutes from Denver International Airport (Airport code: DEN). We are not responsible for airport pick-ups or drop-offs. Please arrange your own shuttle via your hotel, or use companies like Super Shuttle: http://www.supershuttle.com/Locations/DENAirportShuttleDenver.aspx or Uber/Lyft.
There are a variety of lodging options within walking distance of the AMC in downtown Golden. We have a group code for Table Mountain Inn with a discount for all attendees. Click here to download the details on how to reserve with the discounted code. You can also check out local B&B's as well: The Dove Inn and Pansy's Parlor Bed & Breakfast. Others include The Golden Hotel and The Silk Pin Cushion.
We encourage attendees to arrive Thursday night at the latest, to have time to get acclimated to the altitude and make sure to avoid any inclement weather that may happen. In order to receive any of the CEUs provided you must be present for the *entire* workshop. This means you are present Friday at 1pm until Sunday at 5pm. Plus we want to make sure you get the most of the workshop!
Weather and Altitude Disclaimer: Keep in mind that Colorado weather can be unpredictable, particularly during December. Bring lots of layers, and give yourself plenty of cushion time to travel to Denver. We recommend planning to arrive on Thursday night at the latest to prevent any delays or loss in CEUs. Additionally, drinking lots of water and electrolytes before and during your trip can help with keeping you hydrated. Make sure to bring lotion, lip balm and stacks to help with the altitude acclimation as well.
CEUs: TSID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 2.00 CEUs at the “Little Content Knowledge Level".
2.0 PS CEUs are offered for this Weekend Retreat through RID. Please note these are continuous CEUs - they are not broken down for each day. Again, in order to receive any of the CEUs provided you must be present for the *entire* workshop. This means you are present Friday at 1pm until Sunday at 5pm. Plus we want to make sure you get the most of the workshop!
With more activities in the works, there will be additional options for CEU's as those activities are arranged. These will be announced as they are confirmed to those who are registered.
In the past, Self-Care services have included: Massage, Tapping (EFT), Energy Healing (Reiki and/or other modalities) and a Talk Therapist. These trauma-informed trained professionals are all located on-site and are available for your support and healing process during the retreat.
Self-Care Services are an inclusive service and are provided at no additional out-of-pocket costs to you!
We have also offered on-site activities as well (Museum Tour & possibly Rock Climbing) for additional CEUs.
Read FAQ's and all about the 2016 Self Care services and the Practitioners here!
"This was so uplifting. This was by far the most helpful and inspiring workshop I've ever attended! Offer more like this to heal our interpreting/Deaf Community!" - 2015 Retreat Participant
Ami Garry, MSW, CRMT
Executive Director of DOVE
Ami has been with Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment: DOVE for 13 years starting as Victim Advocacy Coordinator then Program Director and is now serving inthe position of Executive Director. After graduating with her Master of Social Work degree from Boston University, she worked as Mental Health Therapist at Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD) Deaf Counseling Services for over 8 years before becoming full time with DOVE. Ami continues to be involved with Colorado Daylight Partnership as consultant and trainer focusing on advancing access in Mental Health and Substance Abuse settings for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coloradans.
ML Ruiz-Williams, CI, CRMT
Staff Sign Language Interpreter at the Mental Health Center of Denver
ML Ruiz-Williams has been working as a professional sign language interpreter for 11.5 of the past 14 years. ML stepped out of interpreting after 1.5 years due to significant burn-out that led to a hospitalization. After taking two years to heal, returned to interpreting. In doing so, became a Mental Health Interpreter, specializing in community mental health, for well over 7 years. In the Spring of 2013, ML was lead to step away again. This time, seeking alternative and holistic ways to relieve the numbing grief, sadness and depression that comes from many years of exposure to Vicarious Trauma. As someone who “Feels their way through the world” ML sought to find a way to not be completely shut down and disconnect from the heart and empathy all together. In the pursuit of self-care and healing, ML became a Certified Reiki Master Teacher (CRMT) and was led back to this field, once again. This time, to promote and co-create healing for our healers, our service providers, our INTERPRETERS. To create a space where the secret-keepers are encouraged to begin the journey of healing. Join us. Take your place in the new movement, the new revolution, one that begins…with LOVE, Self-LOVE, and Self-Care.
ashley koe, Energy Intuitive, Alignment Coach & CRMT
Founder of VIP Holistic Services
ashley’s deep inner knowing of ‘everything happens for a reason’ couldn’t be ignored despite the daily experiences she witnessed for years while working in fields of trauma, heartbreak, suffering and oppression. This incongruence fueled her desire to find more answers and after years of studying and practicing holistic approaches, she now specializes in bridging the human experiences with the spiritual lessons through connection, compassion and empowering others to trust their inner guidance. She feels the most joy in her work when people work through blocks. This feeling is like no other when the weight is lifted, illuminating their aligned self. ashley has applied her unique approach using Energy Medicine to lessen the symptoms of Vicarious Trauma for countless service providers throughout the nation.
"The hosts were amazing at setting up a safe space and maintaining it throughout. They do things intentionally with all their decisions and it makes the event that much more special and cohesive."
I've been an interpreter for 14 years. I've done freelancing, interpreter coordinating, and vocational rehab work. I attended this workshop last year in the middle of work, a 2 year old boy, and my father being diagnosed with cancer and dying. Needless to say, in a little stressful time. I'll also start by saying that on personality profiles I am a "thinker" not a "feeler". That being said this workshop was tremendous.
As interpreters we tend to be relatively isolated and often better at putting others before ourselves. The hosts were amazing at setting up a safe space and maintaining it throughout. So much self discovery to be made. They do things intentionally with all their decisions and it makes the event that much more special and cohesive. My favorite activity was a special timeline we made that really helped identify stressors, VT, and injury as well as counseling and massage.
I use my knowledge from this workshop often in making work decisions and taking care of myself. It was absolutely THE BEST workshop I had ever been to. Thank you guys for such a wonderful experience.
"I continue to practice self-care learned at the retreat and as a result
my job satisfaction and performance have improved greatly."
The presenters of the Healing Vicarious Trauma Retreat took me on a journey of self-discovery and introduced a variety of healing techniques and strategies. I left feeling cleansed, with a renewed sense of purpose. I continue to practice self-care learned at the retreat and as a result my job satisfaction and performance have improved greatly. I highly recommend the workshop!
Authorization: Educational Interpreter (A:EI)
"The entire weekend was a pivotal moment in my career and one of the best things I have ever done as an Interpreter."
"I adored the Healing Vicarious Trauma Retreat for so many reasons. Vicarious Trauma is one of those subjects that can be overwhelming, triggering, and ignored until it becomes an un-ignorable. I left this workshop on both days feeling whole and invigorated, not something I was expecting when you're delving into such a deep and important topic.
The biggest and most life-changing aspect of this weekend was learning about the different kinds/stages of Vicarious Trauma. I had no idea that I was dealing with 'compassion fatigue.' Knowing that there was such a thing AND learning how to cope with healing that part of my professional career was... liberating. Armed with this new and empowering information is what gave me the ability to do an EVEN better job as an interpreter and global citizen AND take care of myself more fully.
I can't thank everyone at the Retreat enough for holding such an invigorating space for me (facilitators, participants, practitioners). The self-care services provided were top-notch and allowed me to integrate what I was learning - instantly. The entire weekend was a pivotal moment in my career and one of the best things I have ever done as an Interpreter. Thank you ashley & ML - your care and devotion have made more of an impact than I could ever put into words."
Shannon Townsend, A:EI & NIC
Owner, Townsend Interpreting Services
We'd like to thank the incredible sponsors who have helped us make this 3rd Annual even happen!
We appreciate all of your support and collaboration in making our community more healthy, whole and thriving.
Other Community Contributors
If you are interested in becoming an official Sponsor for the 2016 Healing Vicarious Trauma Weekend Retreat, please contact our office here.
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The final fine print
Return Policy: If for any reason you need to cancel your registration, your registration is 100% transferable to other participants; be sure to communicate with the planning committee (contact firstname.lastname@example.org) if you intend to transfer it to a new person. If you are unable to transfer it to another person for this year, then it will transfer to the following year's retreat. No refunds.
Accommodations: All reasonable requests for accommodations will be considered, and there is a specific section in our registration form devoted to collecting this information. If you have questions, please contact us directly (email@example.com).
Please note essential oils will be used in the room where the Self Care Services will be.
Gender-Neutral Bathroom: There will be a gender-neutral bathroom available at all times at American Mountaineering Center during the retreat.