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Why CWooD Professional Development?

I launched CWooD Professional Development because I am passionate about providing a space where interpreters can gather to collaborate, share ideas, and engage in healthy discussions in order to move our profession forward. My goal is to offer high quality workshops that satisfy Michigan State endorsement and national credential requirements, in both English and ASL, to all my colleagues; certified, and pre-certified. This will be a safe environment where open dialogue can unfold and every individual will feel welcome.  Presenters will be knowledgable, skilled, and dynamic professionals.

As a nationally certified interpreter, I understand Michigan credential guidelines, with regard to endorsements, as well as the national continuing education unit (CEU) requirements. Bringing Deaf and Hearing individuals who are connected to the interpreting world to present on this platform is a priority, however I also believe there is huge value in learning from those outside of our tight knit profession. The work we do requires a tremendous breadth of knowledge, depth of skill, and high level of flexibility. 


The only way to truly expand and feed our minds is to be open to all content areas. By doing so we all become better interpreters, allies and advocates to our community and profession. I hope you will sign up for a workshop, and enjoy nourishing your skills and developing your Extra Linguistic Knowledge (ELK) as you earn CEU's from the comfort of your own home!

Current Workshop Opportunities

All workshops are scheduled for Eastern Time and conducted via Zoom.

  • Conquer the TEP: Improve Your English Comprehension
    Wed, Jul 27
    This is a four-part series but you only register ONE time. Participants will read and analyze a written passage in small groups, working to highlight the relationship of ideas within the passage; the presenter will provide feedback about the accuracy of their analysis.
  • Self-Talk for Interpreters: Succeed without the Suck
    Sat, Aug 06
    Do you have an inner mean girl? Or a committee in your head evaluating your every sign, critiquing your every word while you are interpreting? Come, learn about what’s going on in our heads, what we can do to calm the waters, how to create positive feedback communities, and just plain feel better!
  • Intro to Legal Interpreting: Staffing Legal Assignments and the Arraignment Process
    Sun, Aug 21
    Are you interested in legal interpreting but don't know where to start? Are you an assignment coordinator but not sure who and how many interpreters to send to court? Join this workshop.
  • "TEST": A Four Letter Word
    Sat, Sep 24
    For many, the word “TEST” is synonymous with the four letter word, FEAR! This workshop is designed to alleviate some of those fears, teach participants specific strategies they can employ before & during a written or practical interpreting test, and curb some of those nerves associated with testing.
  • Wed, Oct 05
    This course endeavors to begin a conversation about how the current traditional educational interpreting model does not meet the needs of language deprived students in mainstream settings, and proposes a new model for interpreting for this population.
  • Advanced Medical Interpreting: The Process and The Science
    Sat, Nov 05
    The Process workshop will break down the interpreting process from start to finish in a medical interpreting assignment. The Science workshop will prepare medical interpreters to work in medical settings while remaining safe and avoiding infection exposure.
  • Advanced Medical Interpreting: The Mechanics and the Switcharoo
    Sun, Nov 06
    The Mechanics will focus on medical terminology and how to break down complex medical terms for meaning, as well as interpreting medical questions by using several recommended strategies. The Switcharoo will center on medical assignments that unexpectedly become legal or mental health.