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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.

  • 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.
  • Conquer the TEP: Improve Your English Comprehension
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Oct 02
    This is a two day workshop 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.
  • Interpreting for Language Deprived Students in Educational Settings: A Conversation Starter
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Oct 12
    This three-part 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, & proposes a new model for interpreting for this population. Must attend all three nights for CEUs.
  • AMI: The Process and The Science (for ALL skill levels)
    Sat, Nov 05
    Don't let the title fool you! This workshop is for all levels. The Process: will break down the interpreting process from A-Z in a medical interpreting assignment. The Science: will prepare medical interpreters to work in medical settings while remaining safe and avoiding infection exposure.
  • AMI: The Mechanics and the Switcharoo (for ALL skill levels)
    Sun, Nov 06
    The Mechanics focuses on medical terminology & breaking down complex medical terms for meaning, as well as interpreting medical questions. The Switcharoo focuses on the ever-present risk of an assignment taking an unexpected turn, & courses of action interpreters can take.