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October 28, 2013: Witness and Narrator with the IAS collaborative Interpretation and Translation Studies

Witness and narrator: addressing problems of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and clinical mistrust in spoken language mental health interpreting

Monday, October 28, 2013, at 5:00 pm
Nolte 125

Psychological therapies for speakers of languages other than English are most typically delivered by monolingual providers. Interpreters brought in to facilitate communication have a profound and little understood impact on the rapport between provider and patient. Emily Becher is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Family and Social Science. She will discuss her work on interpreting for communities recovering from collective trauma. With her colleague Chris Mehus, she is also reaching out to interpreters in mental and behavioral health settings to identify resources for self-care. Their project fits within a very tentative inquiry regarding the critical importance of the spoken language interpreter as a cultural broker and surrogate protagonist in talk therapy.

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