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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!

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PNG NEW DATE Exploring Ethical Decisions
PNG Am I Seeing It Right, but Saying It
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PNG Overview of the BEI Testing Process.
PNG ASL Etymology_ Parts I and II (Final
PNG All Hands Up Interpreter Boot Camp (
  • Sun, May 23
    The use of critical interrogatory frameworks challenges us to look at our ethical decisions using critical lenses. This profession is saturated with whiteness and “hearingness” making it difficult for us to see the potential harm of our ethical decisions to marginalized individuals and parties.
  • Thu, Jun 10
    Quality ethical decision making is an acquired skill. We propose that it occurs over time in an environment that we refer to this space as brave space.
  • Sat, Jun 19
    This workshop is designed to provide transparency for candidates who plan to take the entry level BEI evaluation. This is NOT a skill building workshop.
  • Thu, Jun 24
    The interpreting profession is struggling to establish common practices and it is even more difficult to encourage practitioners to adopt such practices.
  • Thu, Jul 08
    This workshop will address the right versus right dilemma in light of our role and responsibilities and where the Code of Professional Conduct fits in our decision-making process.
  • Sat, Jul 10
    This workshop will take participants on an adventure through etymologies of American Sign Language. As practitioners we present arbitrary rules of ASL as we use them and seem to know them but do we really KNOW them? Join us as Buck begins to describe ASL's rich history.
  • Thu, Jul 22
    This workshop will address the antiquated values of neutrality, invisibility, secrecy and the overemphasis on role continue to influence practitioners, both new and old alike – what do we do about it?
  • Sat, Jul 31
    Providing a Spoken English interpretation for a Deaf presenter has some unique challenges. Research shows that uninitiated (hearing) people do not attach the same meaning to terms that we have come to use so freely when we are interpreting.
  • Sat, Sep 11
    Interpreter Boot Camp is about working hard and eliminating fears. This workshop is designed with a scaffolding approach; starting from basic finger spelling activities and continues with interactive activities including showing rather than telling, voicing when there are no signs, and more.