Providing psychological services to deaf and hard of hearing patients requires specialized training that goes beyond just being fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), including:
- Understanding the culture of the deaf and hard of hearing population
- Knowledge about the range of hearing loss, from total absence of hearing to impaired hearing
- Knowledge about the cognitive, social, emotional, and psychological developmental patterns commonly seen for this population
- Being able to assess the patient’s language skills and degree of affiliation with the deaf and hard of hearing community
- Understanding the unique mental health assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning issues for this patient population
- Understanding the unique confidentiality issues for this patient population
Howard Dickman, PhD, LP was recruited to be the Director of the mental health outpatient program for deaf and hard of hearing clients at Saint Paul Ramsey Medical Center in St. Paul, MN in 1980. He eventually went on to be the Director of all deaf and hard of hearing mental health services for that hospital system, now known as Regions Medical Center. He currently has an independent, general practice of psychology and specializes in working with the deaf and heard of hearing population, including providing court-ordered and other specialized assessments.
Dr. Dickman would be glad to talk with you about his deaf and hard of hearing services, and may be contacted by phone or email.