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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR INTERPRETERS AND MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIANS – RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

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When: July 15 @ 3:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm — 4:00 pm
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SPEAKERS: DR SHANI TOBIAS, DR LOLA SUNDIN & DR JIM HLAVAC (TRANSLATION & INTERPRETING STUDIES, MONASH UNIVERSITY)

Venue: Online via Zoom – details to be sent to registrants in advance

Time: 3 – 4pm

Topic: The area of mental health is a growth area of work for interpreters. This is due to increases in (self-)reporting of mental health issues, an ageing population with age-related cognitive issues, and most recently with the effects of COVID-19 restrictions on people’s mental health.

Since the mid-2010s, professional development (PD) has been phased in as a requirement for recently certified interpreters, and from 2019 onwards, it became compulsory for all interpreters to renew certification. This presentation features two parts. The first focuses on the needs and gaps in the provision of PD opportunities for interpreters, and presents data on interpreters’ prioritisation of PD for interpreting in mental health settings. The second part focuses on key sections of the Mental Health Interpreting Guidelines for Interpreters released at the end of 2017 by Monash University, and re-contextualises these in light of areas of reported need for PD in mental health settings for interpreters.