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Sharing Power webinar back by popular demand


"Sharing Power" by Robert Whitaker, Psy.S., NCSP, ABSNP

Date: December 8, 2011
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST
Cost: Free of charge
Target audience: Teachers, dorm staff, mental health professionals, and parents



Description: The Clerc Center is launching the first of four free webinars on December 8. The first webinar focuses on the topic of "Sharing Power" by Robert Whitaker, a Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) psychologist. This webinar will provide practical solutions on how to communicate more effectively when in a power struggle with a deaf or hard of hearing child or adolescent. The first time the Clerc Center offered this webinar on May 19, 2011, the registration filled up quickly. Register soon.

In the webinar, Whitaker will address how students can express opposition to mask anxieties or frustrations. For deaf and hard of hearing students in particular, many power struggles relate to communication barriers or accessibility. Whitaker defines the classic power struggle as "two people engaged in a struggle for dominance, each equally committed to winning." In his webinar, Whitaker explores different aspects of power struggles. First, recognizing when a power struggle is taking place, and then applying strategies for de-escalating and resolving conflict situations.

The webinar will be presented in American Sign Language with CART captioning available. During the lecture, participants can post questions. After the lecture, Whitaker will respond as many of the audience's e-mailed questions as time allows.

About the presenter: Robert Whitaker, Psy.S., NCSP, ABSNP, is a nationally certified school psychologist with accreditation from the American Board of School Neuropsychology. He has over 15 years of experience working with deaf and hard of hearing children in educational settings. Whitaker received both his master's degree in developmental psychology and his specialization in school psychology from Gallaudet University.

More about the first "Sharing Power" webinar: http://www.gallaudet.edu/Clerc_Center/Power_Struggles-Striving_for_a_Win-Win_Scenario.html

Future Clerc Center webinars:

  • "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ASL/English Bimodal Education" Part 1-January 12, 2012
  • "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ASL/English Bimodal Education" Part 2- February 9, 2012
  • "Sharing Autism Research on Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students"-April 19, 2012

For more information: training.clerccenter@gallaudet.edu