It Breaks My Heart: Interpreting for Trauma

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It Breaks My Heart: Interpreting for Trauma

400.00

Dates: Dates to be confirmed, Fall 2018

Time:  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Ecker Business Center of Howard Community College
                 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
                 Columbia, MD 21046

Audience: Bilingual staff and contract interpreters in healthcare, legal services, law enforcement, social services and community services. Prior interpreting experience and completion of a 40-hour interpreter training foundation program are required.

Registration Deadline: To be confirmed

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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 two-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 healthcare, 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.

This program includes a certificate and is approved by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters for 14 CCHI CE hours, by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf for 1.4 RID CEUs, by the Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services for 5 DSHS CECs, by the Maryland Court Interpreter Program for 8 CE credits, by the Pennsylvania Interpreter Certification Program (ICP) for 12 CEUs, by the American Translators Association for 10 ATA CEPs, by the Florida Court Interpreter Certification and Regulation Program for 12.9 CIE credits, and by the Ontario Council on Community Interpreting for 10 OCCI PDUs. (Please note that there is an additional $20 processing fee for RID CEUs.)

 
View course syllabus

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From our Fall 2016 participants (Inaugural Session):

- Marjory is an excellent trainer - engaging, [culturally] sensitive, eloquent, animated and positive, caring. 

- Excellent information and use of activities.

- Innovative [and] very needed.

Materials

Each participant will be provided with a print copy of the following materials, authored by national experts in the field with the contributions of more than 20 victim service providers in Washington, DC.

  • Breaking Silence: Interpreting for Victim Services (training manual of 310 pp)
  • Breaking Silence: Interpreting for Victim Services—A Workbook of Role Plays and Exercises (96 pp)

Note: The development of this innovative program, created by Cross-Cultural Communications, was funded by the DC Office of Victim Services.