Coalition of Deaf Mental Health Professionals

Healthy Deaf Minds Conference

The Coalition of Deaf Mental Health Professionals (CDMHP) hosted a full day workshop which explored the unique dynamics involved in providing culturally affirmative care to Deaf people with mental health needs in NZ/Aotearoa, facilitated by international expert Dr Brendan Monteiro.

The program (which was delivered in Auckland on 20th November 2015, Wellington on 24th November 2015, and Christchurch on 30th November 2015) was designed to reflect the needs of:

  1. The Deaf Community
  2. Mental Health/Health Clinicians, Criminal Justice Workers, Corrections staff and Legal Representatives
  3. Service Commissioners

Delegates learnt about factors which impact upon Deaf development, mental illness and recovery, including the place of communication in attaining positive treatment outcomes. An examination of the therapeutic journey, assessment, diagnosis and treatment supported understanding of the unique approach required when working with Deaf clients and their family/whānau.

Brendan is Consultant Psychiatrist at specialist forensic rehabilitation services in the UK. He was presented with the lifetime achievement award for his ground breaking contribution to the advancement of mental health practice in the Deaf Community at the World Congress of Mental Health and Deafness (2014).