Language Deprivation and Deaf Mental Health (2019.) explores the impact of the language deprivation that some deaf individuals experience by not being provided fully accessible language exposure during childhood.  Leading experts in Deaf mental health care discuss the implications of language deprivation for a person's development, communication, cognitive abilities, behavior, and mental health.  Beginning with a groundbreaking discussion of  language deprivation syndrome, the chapters address the challenges of psychotherapy, interpreting, communication and forensic assessment, language and communication development with language deprived persons, as well as whether cochlear implantation means deaf children should not receive rich sign language exposure.  The book concludes with a discussion of the most effective advocacy strategies to prevent language deprivation.  These issues, which draw on both cultural and disability perspectives, are central to the emerging clinical specialty of Deaf mental health.

Preparing Deaf and Hearing Persons with Language and Learning Challenges for CBT: a Pre-Therapy Workbook presents 12 lessons to guide staff in hospital and community mental health and rehabilitation programs on creating skill-oriented therapy settings when working with people who don't read well or have trouble with abstract ideas, problem solving, reasoning, attention, and learning.   Drawing from the worlds of CBT, current understandings of best practices in psychotherapy, and the emerging clinical specialty of Deaf mental health care, the workbook describes methods for engaging people who are often considered poor candidates for psychotherapy.

Deaf Mental Health Care presents a state of the art account of the clinical specialty of mental health care of deaf people.  Drawing upon some of the leading clinicians, teachers, administrators and researchers in the field from the United States and Great Britain, it addresses critical issues from this specialty such as:

Deaf/hearing cross-cultural dynamics as they impact treatment organizations;

clinical and interpreting work with deaf persons with widely varying language abilities;

adaptations of best practices in inpatient, residential, trauma, and substance abuse treatment of deaf persons;

overcoming administrative barriers to establishing state-wide continua of care;

university training of clinical specialists;

the interplay of clinical and forensic responses to deaf people who commit crimes;

an agenda of priorities for Deaf mental health research.

The needs of deaf and hearing people with limited functioning can be a challenge for the mental health practitioner to meet.  Cognitive-behavior Therapy for Deaf and Hearing Persons with Language and Learning Challenges provides concrete guidance for adapting best practices in cognitive-behavior therapy to deaf and hearing persons who are non-or semi-literate, and who have greatly impaired language skills or other cognitive deficits, such as mental retardation, that make it difficult for them to benefit from traditional talk-and insight oriented psychotherapies.

Mental Health Care of Deaf People: A Culturally Affirmative Approach offers much-needed help to clinical and counseling psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses and other mental health professionals--and to their program administrators.  The editors (a psychologist and a psychiatrist) and the authors (leading authorities with a variety of expertises) systematically review the special needs of deaf patients, particularly those who regard themselves as culturally Deaf, and provide professionals with the tools they require to meet those needs.

In this paradigm-shifting book, Culturally Affirmative Psychotherapy with Deaf Persons, the new cultural model of Deaf people is taken up in a comprehensive manner by mental health professionals.  Starting from the premise that members of the Deaf community are best thought of as culturally different rather than disabled, the contributors present an approach to counseling Deaf people based on the best practices currently known in cross-cultural treatment of minority persons.  Among the topics discussed are the development of cultural self-awareness in Deaf and hearing people, the knowledge base necessary to work with Deaf culture, and the specific skills of culturally affirmative counseling and psychotherapy.  The resulting book will be of interest to all mental health professionals working with culturally different persons.



Note:  If you would like copies of any journal articles I have published, please email me at

Anderson, M.L., Glickman, N.S., Wolf Craig, K.S., Sortwell Crane, A. K., Wilkins, A. M., Najavitz, L.M. (2021). Developing Signs of Safety: A Deaf-accessible counseling toolkit for trauma and addiction.  Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy.                     

Glickman, N. S., Crump, C., & Hamerdinger, S. (2020). Language Deprivation Is a Game Changer for the Clinical Specialty of Deaf Mental Health. JADARA, 54(1), 54. Retrieved from

Glickman, Neil & Hall, Wyatte. (Eds.) (2019. ) Language deprivation and Deaf mental health.  New York: Routledge.

Glickman, Neil.  (2017)  Preparing deaf and hearing persons with language and learning challenges for CBT: A Pre-therapy workbook.   Routledge.


Anderson, M.L., Glickman, N.S., Mistler, L.A. & Gonzalez, M. (2015. May 18.)  Working therapeutically with Deaf people recovering from trauma and addiction.  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.  Advance online publication.

Glickman, N., Lemere, S., and Smith, C. (2013).  Engaging deaf persons with language and learning challenges and sexual offending behaviors in sex offender oriented mental health treatment.   JADARA.  Vol 48 (2).  pps 168-221.

Glickman, N. (Ed.) (2013). Deaf mental health care.  New York: Routledge.

Crump, C. & Glickman, N. (2011.)  Mental health interpreting with language dysfluent deaf clients. Journal of Interpreting, Pgs. 21-36

Glickman, N. (2011).  Lessons learned from 23 years of a Deaf psychiatric inpatient unit:  Part 2.  JADARA.   44 (2). Pgs. 82-100.

Glickman, N. (2010).  Lessons learned from 23 years of a Deaf psychiatric inpatient unit: Part 1.  JADARA  44 (1).  Pgs. 225-239.

Glickman, N. (2009) Adapting best practices in cognitive behavioral therapy for deaf and hearing persons with language and learning challenges.  Journal of Psychotherapy Integration.  19 (4). Pgs 354-384.

Glickman, N. & Harvey, M. (2008).   Psychotherapy with Deaf adults: The development of a clinical specialization.   JADARA.  41 (3). Pgs. 129-186.

Glickman, Neil. (2009).   Cognitive behavioral therapy for deaf and hearing persons with language and learning challenges..   New York: Routledge.

Glickman, Neil (2007).  Do you hear voices?: Problems in assessment of mental status in deaf persons with severe language deprivation.    Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education.  12 (2), Pgs. 127-147.

Black, P. & Glickman, N. (2006).   Demographics, psychiatric diagnosis, and other characteristics of North American deafn and hard of hearing inpatients.   Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education11 (3), Pgs. 303-321.

Black, P. & Glickman, N. (2005).  Language dysfluency in the deaf inpatient population.    JADARA..   39 (1), Pgs. 1-28.

Glickman, N. & Gulati. S. (Eds.).  (2003).  Mental health care of Deaf persons: A culturally affirmative approach.  Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates.

Glickman, N. & Harvey, M. (Eds.). (1996).   Culturally affirmative psychotherapy with Deaf persons.  Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates.

Glickman, N. & Carey. J. (1993).   Measuring Deaf cultural identities:  A preliminary investigation.   Rehabilitation Psychology.  38 (4). Pgs. 277-283.  

Glickman, N. (1993).   Deaf identity development: Construction and validation of a theoretical model.   Unpublished doctoral dissertation.   University of Massachusetts.  

Glickman, N. & Zitter. S. (1989).  On establishing a culturally affirmative psychiatric inpatient program for deaf people.   JADARA.   23 (2). Pgs. 46-59.

Glickman, N. (1986).  Cultural identity, deafness and mental health.   JADARA.   20 (2). Pgs. 1-10.

Glickman, N. (1984).    The war of the languages:  Comparisons between the language wars of Jewish and Deaf communities.   The Deaf American.   36 (6). Pgs. 25-33.

Glickman, N. (1983).   A cross-cultural view of counseling with Deaf clients.   Journal of Rehabilitation of the Deaf.  16 (3).

                                                                          On line blogs/bulletins

Glickman, N. (2016.) Language deprivation and behavioral challenges. 

Glickman, N. (August 24, 2018). Blog: Language deprivation and Deaf mental health.  NASMHPD Weekly Update,Vol. 4, n. 32.


Glickman, N. & Hall, W. (Nov. 16, 2018).  Literature Sneak-Peek: Language deprivation and Deaf mental health.   RID VIEWS.