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Topic Tuesday: Specialized Mental Health Services for D/HH Children & Their Families
April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dara Baril, Director of Deaf Services at S.C. Dept. of Mental health, and Jennifer Villar, School Mental Health Coordinator for Deaf Services at DMH, will present on specialized mental health services to deaf children and their families, to enable them to grow and develop into effective and productive adults in society. Register to receive the Zoom link here.
About The Presenters:
Dara Baril earned her Master’s degree in School Counseling and Guidance with Mental Health Emphasis at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She has been working with the Deaf in the mental health field for 15 years and currently works as the Director of Deaf Services at South Carolina Department of Mental Health since 2017. She is also a Board member for Beginnings SC, a non-profit agency providing education and support for parents of deaf and hard of hearing infants & children. Dara was born deaf to hearing parents and has a younger deaf sister. During her free time, Dara enjoys watching the March Madness basketball championship games and football.
Jennifer Villar graduated from Gallaudet University with her Master’s degree in School Counseling and Guidance with Mental Health Emphasis. Over the last 10 years, she has been working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in both school and mental health capacities. She previously was a school counselor at Louisiana School for the Deaf in Baton Rouge, LA and currently is the School Mental Health Coordinator for Deaf Services at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health where she provides therapy and support to families of Deaf & Hard of Hearing children & adolescents statewide. Jennifer has a daughter who is a CODA. During her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and capturing special moments on camera.
Topic Tuesdays are hosted in partnership between Beginnings SC and SC Hands & Voices for parents of deaf and hard of hearing children and the professionals who serve them. Topic Tuesdays are every 3rd Tuesday of the month. After each presentation, an open parent chat is held for families to connect. An ASL interpreter and captions will be available.