Responsible for the delivery of services by the Department of Mental Health to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens of South Carolina. Advise the Director and key stakeholders on how to best design and develop the provision of a comprehensive statewide program. Provide overall coordination and direction to program implementation.
5/93 – 5/06 Program Manager, Piedmont Center for Mental Health Services, Deaf Services Program, Simpsonville, SC
Develop and supervise comprehensive statewide community based services for mentally ill Deaf adults and emotionally disturbed children. Programs include inpatient services, outpatient counseling, residential programming and psychosocial rehabilitation. Supervise 34 employees and $1,250,000 budget.
6/90 ‑ 5/93 Social Worker IV, Patrick Harris Psychiatric Hospital, Anderson, SC
Established Deaf Services Program at hospital and served as Program Coordinator. Developed programs, policies, and procedures for 22 bed in‑patient psychiatric unit for Deaf patients.
8/87 ‑ 5/90 Community Services Consultant, Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Wilmington, NC
Supervised Regional Office of the Division, providing comprehensive services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients. This included conducting workshops and in‑services training for public and private agencies on topics related to deafness and providing counseling, skills development, and advocacy.
9/84 ‑ 7/87 Coordinator, Hearing Impaired Services, Community Counseling Services, Jacksonville, IL
Provided range of mental health services including counseling, case management and crisis intervention within a Deaf Services program.
1/80 ‑5/84 School Social Worker, Illinois School for the Deaf, Jacksonville, IL
11/89 - Consultant and Presenter, Center for Mental Health Services, NASHMPD, Mental Health Interpreter Training, Various State Mental Health Authorities, Professional Organizations
8/91 - Designated Court Examiner, States of South Carolina, Georgia, Illinois
9/93 - Lecturerer and Instructor, Interpreter Training Program, Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg, SC
8/94 - 8/97 State Block Grant Reviewer, Center for Mental Health Services, Washington, DC
6/10 – 8/10 Adjunct Faculty, University of South Carolina, School of Social Work, Columbia, SC
6/85 ‑ Present National Association of the Deaf
‑S. C. Association for the Deaf, 1990 ‑
- SCAD Language Proficiency Interview; Rater, 1994 -
5/12 “Employee of the Year” – South Carolina Department of Mental Health
3/13 “Qualified Mental Health Interpreter” – Alabama Department of Mental Health
4/13 “Mental Health Interpreter Supervisor” – Alabama Department of Mental Health
Fram, M. S., Frongillo, E. A., Jones, S. J., Williams, R. C., Burke, M. P., DeLoach, K. P., et al. (2011). Children are aware of food insecurity and take responsibility for managing food resources. Journal of Nutrition, 42(5).
Gournaris, M. J., Hamerdinger, S., & Williams, R. C. (2010). Promising practices of statewide mental health models serving consumers who are deaf: How to advocate for your model in your home state. JADARA, 43(3), 152-182.
Gournaris, M. J., Hamerdinger, S., & Williams, R. C. (2012). Creating a culturally affirmative continuum of mental health services: The experience of three states. In N. Glickman (Ed.) Deaf Mental Health Care. New York, NY. Routledge.
Williams, R. C. (2011). Effective use of peer crisis counseling in the wake of hurricanes Andrew and Floyd. The Dialogue, 7(4), 2-3.
Williams, R. C., & Williams, S. L. (2014). Maintaining High Expectations. Odyssey, 15, 66-69.
Just Add Water; Adoption and Deafness: An overview of adoption, the adoption process and potential problems, including Reactive Attachment Disorder.
Communication Assessments: Presentations at national and regional conferences on deafness and mental health.
Coping with Chaos; Stress Management and Vicarious Trauma: Numerous events including state and regional conferences for interpreters of signed and spoken languages.
Dining Alone; The Deaf Child in the Hearing Family: Regional NASW conference and state conferences in the Southeast U.S.
Disaster Response in the Deaf Community: Workshops given for several states, under sponsorship of FEMA and/or HRSA.
Dysfluency: Keynote address for the National Healthcare Interpreting Symposium
The Future of Interpreting: A workshop looking at technological innovations and developments and their impact on the future of the interpreting profession; at state and national conventions.
Managed Care and Specialty Mental Health: State mental health conferences in Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, Washington, DC and South Carolina.
Orientation to Deafness: Numerous events including standard training for SCDMH, SCDAODAS, NASHMPD, court and law enforcement personnel, in addition to preconference workshops.
Sign-To-Voice Interpreting: Workshops series for varied educational institutions as well as state and national conventions.
Swimming with the Sharks & Dancing with Dolphins; Mental Health Interpreting: Numerous events including state and regional and national conferences focusing on interpreters and mental health professionals.
Towards Consistency; Developing Standards Signs in Substance Abuse: Building Bridges Conference on Substance Abuse and Deafness, Kansas City, KS.