Keven Poore


Trainer: Keven Poore, MA, LPC, CDI

Pressley Ridge Offices Operations Center
5500 Corporate Drive, Suite #400, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Session #1: Feb 28th & Mar 1
Session #2: April 11th & 12th*
Session #3: May 16th & 17th
Session #4: June 27th & 28th*
Session #5: Aug 15th & 16th
Session #6: Sept 26th & 27th*
*Open to Hearing Interpreters!
Seats are LIMITED so register early!!

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Target Audience: Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals interested in becoming Certified Deaf Interpreters, Hearing Interpreters

Fees: $750 for all 6 sessions/$160 each. Payment plan available with 50% deposit.

Message from Keven:
“My name is Keven Poore, and I work as a Certified Deaf Interpreter in the SE PA area. (In addition, I work in NJ, Delaware, and occasionally, NYC.) I am one of twelve individuals who received training to train Deaf Interpreters utilizing a new Deaf Interpreter Training Curriculum developed by the Deaf Interpreter Institute.

The Registry of the Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) has made changes to the training requirements for those who would like to become Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDI), effective January 1, 2014. 40 hours of training in specific areas are required (previously, 16 hours were required).

Being a CDI is a rewarding occupation in many ways. Contributing to effective communication access… Ensuring Deaf consumers are able to participate in their own decision making… Working as a member of a valuable communication team… the list goes on.

If you are interested in becoming a CDI, please complete the registration process by filling out the [registration form] as soon as possible. The training starts at the end of February. For those of you feeling Pittsburgh is too far away, I’m also finalizing a flyer for Trenton, NJ starting, likely, in March. Keep your eyes peeled!

Email me [] or Lori Milcic with any questions. Lori’s email address is: Don’t forget to forward this to others who may be interested.”




A Pact Training Series
With thanks to NJ School for the Deaf

Trainer: Keven Poore, MA, LPC, CDI
This training will provide tools and information necessary to begin
the process of becoming a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI).

Where: New Jersey School for the Deaf, West Trenton, NJ

When: March 21/22; April 18/19; June 13/14; July 11/12;
August 29/30 and October 10/11 of 2015

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Sessions begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Target Audience:Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals interested in becoming Certified Deaf Interpreters. Three sessions are open to hearing interpreters as well.

This 6 weekend training series will provide relevant information about American Sign Language interpreting in general and specifically related to Deaf interpreting. Participants will have the opportunity via discussion, lecture and role-play to understand the theory & practice of Deaf interpreting, Deaf/Hearing team interpreting, Ethical considerations & Challenges, and the Consumer Assessment process. Additionally, Diversity in the Deaf Community and Deaf Interpreting: Past, Present and Future will be explored.

  • At least an AA degree is required to be able to complete the CDI performance examination until 2016. After that, a Bachelor’s degree will be required.
  • Participants will also be required to use their own time to observe other CDIs during their work and to also have some opportunities to practice your skills with CDIs observing you and providing feedback. Email me if you have specific questions.
  • Contact PACT at for questions related to:
  • The cancellation/refund policy
  • Special accommodations (other than voice interpreting)
  • Requests for accommodations received cannot be guaranteed.

Educational Objectives:
At the conclusion of the 6 weekend series, participants will be able to (at a minimum):

  • Clearly describe at least 3 reasons Deaf Interpreters are utilized in team interpreting settings
  • Describe briefly the rationale and decision making process behind determining whether an interpreting situation is in need of a Deaf/Hearing team
  • Share at least three ways personal experiences/attitudes can contribute to ineffective provision of interpreting services.
  • Identify at least five ethical scenarios that can arise in Deaf Interpreting situations
  • Describe at least 5 examples where Diversity in the Deaf community impacts the Deaf Interpreting process
  • Accurately explain to others why a Deaf/Hearing team is needed
  • Understand and utilize consecutive and simultaneous interpreting appropriately
  • Address conflicts and disagreements with team members appropriately
  • Utilize pre and post assignment discussion sessions with team members effectively.