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It Breaks My Heart Interpreting for Trauma

Date: Date to be confirmed

Time: To be confirmed

Registration Deadline: To be confirmed

Cost: $295.00


Domestic violence… Sexual assault… Child abuse… Refugees… Every day interpreters witness terrible suffering in hospitals, schools and social services. Who is preparing them to cope?

This three-day workshop focuses on specific techniques, strategies and self-care practices for interpreters who encounter trauma in any setting. The workshop will highlight mental health, medical and legal services. The techniques explored can be applied to health care, schools and social service settings.

Through discussion, film vignettes, activities and role plays, interpreters will plunge into the field of victim services. By exploring how they can interpret effectively without re-traumatizing the survivor, interpreters will learn the value of professional boundaries. The workshop concludes with a half-day module on interpreter stress, vicarious trauma and self-care.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this workshop, interpreters will be able to:

  • Define victim services, domestic violence, gender-based violence and sexual assault.
  • Discuss how to interpret effectively for trauma survivors.
  • Practice techniques for interpreting trauma that will promote accuracy, avoid re-traumatizing the survivor and respect survivor autonomy.
  • Develop a plan to address long-term wellness and self-care.

Audience: This workshop is ideal for bilingual staff and contract interpreters in health care, legal services, law enforcement, social services and community services. Prior interpreting experience and completion of a 40 – hour interpreter training foundation program are required.

Medical University of South Carolina is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 2.1 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level.

In addition, this program is approved by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters for 21 CCHI CEUs, and by the American Translators Association for 10 ATA CEPs.