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Come to A CODA Region 3 Retreat at Camp Skyline in the heart of Pure Michigan back country for a weekend of fun, revelery and heart touch.

You'll enjoy fresh air and fun in a safe, inclusive and supportive environment where we strive to ensure every Coda Camper experiences a positive sense of the natural world, a positive sense of community, and a positive sense of self, with farm to fable nourishment!

Lodging and Airport Information

  • Super 8 in Imlay City 6951 Newark Road Imlay City (810) 683 9079
  • Days Inn in Imlay City 6692 Newark Road, Imlay City (810) 683 9717
  • Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) and Flint Bishop Airport (FNT) are the closest airports
  • Registration

    • Earlybird Pricing for the Retreat is $200 if you register from March 1 - August 15
    • Cost for the Regular Pricing is $250 if you register from August 16 - September 15*
    • Registration by 8/29/18 guarantees you will receive a tee shirt and other designated goodies. After 8/29, there's no guarantee of a tee shirt.
    • Click here for Registration
    • Click here to apply for a grant to attend!
    • Registration Cancellation Policy
    • Received and Confirmed: On or before 07/31/2018 - 100% Refund; Between between 8/1/18-9/1/18 - 50% refund; On or after then after 9/1/18 - Not eligible for a refund
    • Retreat

    Program

    • Thursday 9/27/18
    • 6 pm - Early Check-in 7:30 pm- 9:00 pm Dinner - Huddle Bar and Grill - 113 S Main St Almont, MI 9:00 pm - CHAT, CHAT, CHAT, CHAT...

    • Friday 9/28/18
    • 2-5pm - Check-in
    • 6-7 pm - Dinner
    • 7-7:30 - CODA Midwest Announcements
    • 7:30-8:30 pm - Match up and Catch up! - This activity is designed to increase productive collaboration between teams in an effort to maximize the experience for all parties involved. Through meaningful discussion the participants will reinforce the strengths of their partners and provide valuable feedback to help improve the skill sets of all participants. They will also learn effective strategies on how to facilitate and enhance meaningful connections between professional partnerships, in an effort to increase collaborative efficacy. - 1) Participants will record and recall 3 effective team building strategies. 2) Participants will explain 3 methods of establishing meaningful connections with professional teams. 3) Participants will rate 2 of their personal team building methods and compare them with 2 presented during the workshop. Michigan Medicine Interpreters Services * is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education services. This GS program is offered for 0.10 CEUs at the General Studies Content Knowledge Level.
    • 8:30-9:00 pm Drum Circle
    • 9:00..... Hospital Room


    • Saturday 9/29/18
    • 8:00-9:00 am - Breakfast
    • 9:15-10:15 am - Pure CODA Keynote Speaker- Building and Bridging Your Cultural and Social Capital- This workshop will guide the participants through an instructional and interactive journey learning about and navigating the roots of social and cultural capital in the Deaf and interpreting communities.Subsequently, it will ask the attendees to look at their own social capital, how they gained it, its influence on their practice, and how to increase and maintain positive social and cultural foundations in their personal and professional worlds. 1 The participants will discuss and record notes about past and current events in Deaf culture and determine 3 that directly have influenced current social capital in interpreting 2 The attendees will break into small groups to brainstorm definitions about what social capital means to them and collaborate to determine 1 definition for the small group 3 The large group will analyze the definitions and compare them with current definition for social capital which is, “the networks of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to function effectively.” 4 Participants will identify 3 social capital objectives that they can apply to their practice. - Michigan Medicine Interpreters Services * is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education services. This GS program is offered for 0.10 CEUs at the General Studies Content Knowledge Level.
    • 10:30-12:00 pm - Find your inner rock- Self Care Tips/Techniques for the Busy Professional- In the busy and uncertain professional world we live in, it’s easy for interpreters to focus on the next thing on their “to-do” list and get lost in helping and providing service to teams, companies and clients. When time is limited, we often view self-care as “selfish.” Art outlets in the personal world have been shown to provide a positive outlet for the busy professional. Participants in this workshop will have an intensive learning experience, through experiential knowledge of the benefits of art expression in self-care, applications on how to use this, techniques and methods. 1) Participants will be able to identify and recall 3 ways that art therapy can be used to improve their professional practice. 2) Participants will be able to demonstrate 2 art therapy techniques 3) Participants will be able to identify 3 mental, physical and social benefits of the art therapy learned in the workshop. - Michigan Medicine Interpreters Services * is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education services. This GS program is offered for 0.15 CEUs at the General Studies Content Knowledge Level.
    • 10:30-12:00 pm- Team Building Scavenger Hunt - Interpreters are faced with teaming situations that call for fast processing, problem-solving, and learning about their partner via soft skills and peer-to-peer connections. This workshop will provide the learners with hands-on activities that will help the partners learn about their teaming skill set, how to work open-ended questions to learn more about their team and the situation, and achieve their maximum potential. Hands-on/kinesthetic learning has numerous benefits which include increased memory, problem solving skills, exercising the body and mind, and teaching teamwork. - 1) Participants will identify 3 positive interdependence techniques that will help achieve mutual goals in future practice- 2) Participants will recall 3 positive problem-solving exercises - 3) Participants will identify 2 trust building approaches that will help improve future teaming experiences- Michigan Medicine Interpreters Services * is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education services. This GS program is offered for 0.15 CEUs at the General Studies Content Knowledge Level.
    • 12:00-1:00 pm - Lunch
    • 1:15-2:45 - Ropes Course
    • 1:15-2:45 - Untangling your Yarn - The course will define crocheting and its relation to achieving and maintaining personal and professional mindfulness, which has been determined to promote relaxation, mental clarity and immersion in the present moment. This course will show the participants how to apply crocheting in their personal and professional lives as a means to help maintain engagement in the moment, rather than chasing down past traumas and experiences, and enduring unnecessary worries and stress about their personal and professional futures. 1) The participants will record and practice 3 techniques that they can use as a means to lessen distraction and stress while interpreting. 2) The participants will discuss and identify 3 ways in which they will practice mindfulness. 3) The participants will be able to demonstrate 1 relaxation technique that they acquired during the course. Michigan Medicine Interpreters Services * is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education services. This GS program is offered for 0.15 CEUs at the General Studies Content Knowledge Level.
    • 2:45-3:45 - Hayride, Labyrinth, Animal Farm
    • 3:15-5:15 - Deaf Movie Review- Cinematic Failure or Success?- “La Famille Belier” is a critically-acclaimed movie that some view as a triumph for Deaf awareness, while others think its just another cinematic failure because of its focus on “deaf loss” and disability deficiencies. The workshop will take the participants through deaf feature films of the past leading up to this world-renowned French import. The participants will engage in meaningful discussions about these movies and analyze the global film industry’s impact on showcasing deaf awareness and whether or not they show that deaf individuals are equal members of society. 1) The participants will engage in a discussion of comparing, contrasting and assessing key points of past Deaf cinematic triumphs and identifying that either increased or decreased Deaf Awareness in the broader society. 2) The participants will read a synopsis of the featured movie and predict 2 possible outcomes. 3) The participants will then record, identify and organize 3 key points and a summation of the movie. Michigan Medicine Interpreters Services * is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education services. This GS program is offered for 0.20 CEUs at the General Studies Content Knowledge Level.
    • 3:45-5:15 pm - Letting Go -The course will focus on various evidence-based tools that research has shown will help service professionals avoid becoming the wounded service agent. The course will include introduction of these strategies, discussion about these strategies, learning possible scenarios of when and where to apply these strategies, and developing a personalized self-care plan with the goal of self-care through mindfulness.
    • 1) The participants will take a burnout/well-being likert scale survey, which they will use to analyze their current mental state and potential for burnout. 2) This participants will identify 3 strategies that will help to promote enhanced personal and professional health and well-being through mindfulness. 4) The participants will engage in a facilitator lead discovery session to determine 2 positive personal goals and 2 positive professional goals. 5)The participants will practice various relaxation techniques (e.g., deep breathing techniques, imagery exercises, self-guided meditations, etc), then analyze and review these in small group breakouts; ultimately identifying 2 that will help to improve well-being in both personal and professional settings. Michigan Medicine Interpreters Services * is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education services. This GS program is offered for 0.15 CEUs at the General Studies Content Knowledge Level.
    • 6:00-7:00 pm - Dinner
    • 7:30-8:30 pm - Mother Father Deaf Dress Up Contest
    • 8:30 pm... Hospital Room


    • Sunday 9/30/18
    • 8:00-9:15 am - Breakfast
    • 9:15-10:45 am -Pure CODA Closing Speaker - Reclaiming our lost heritage and establishing our future Deaf Hearth- This workshop will focus on an explanation and discussion of the presenter’s research related to a realizing of lost heritage and its impact Describing the majestic past and where we are headed. Discussing the why of what happened to the deaf community 1) Participants will discuss two examples of Deaf Heritage Roots 2) Participants will identify three significant events that contributed to lost Deaf hearth 3) Participants will discuss one event in small groups to determine its impact on current events. - Michigan Medicine Interpreters Services * is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education services. This PS program is offered for 0.15 CEUs at the Professional Studies Content Knowledge Level.
    • 10:45-11:00 am- Hug, Hug, Cry, Bye, Sad, Hug, Cry, Repeat

    • NOTE: We are seeking CEUs through Michigan Medicine, an approved RID CMP Sponsor for CEU activities. CEUs are currently pending.

    • CODA Midwest will NOT discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, hearing status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

    • CODA Midwest complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the workshop(s), please contact our organization at coda.midwest@gmail.com.

    Presenters

    Marian Lage Mahoney BSW, CI/CT, NIC-Advanced.

    Marian started her CODA journey in 2000 in her home state of Michigan. She has been to 10 conferences and 6 retreats. Marian started her professional interpreting career in 1996 at Arizona State University. Then she moved to Los Angeles and worked at CSUN and Deaf West Theatre. Since 2003 she has worked in various capacities for Sorenson Communications. She is passionate about the work interpreters do for both professional and personal reasons. She and her CODA partner live in Indiana with their two Deaf boys and two dogs. Their oldest daughter is away at college and captain of the crew team at Mt. Holyoke. When the family is together they enjoy traveling to National parks, hiking, crafts and being foodies.

    Jacquline Gee, MS, NIC-Advanced.

    Gifted with CODAness, I have been studying Deaf culture & ASL and its usage through lived experiences - watching parents, grandparents, aunt, uncles and all members of various Deaf Clubs in NE, Ohio - and let's not forget the 'Deaf camping caravan' years 😊. This rich background lends itself well to my current research as a Ph.D. student in Cultural Foundations of Education program. My concentration is the geography of Deaf culture, literacy and human rights. I hold a regular NIC; I am proof the system is flawed. Currently, faculty at Kent State University, teaching ASL and Deaf Culture and am an interpreter of ten years at Sorenson. I am honored to be your closer and look forward to spending time with all of you! 🤟🏻

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