Why Behavioral Health in Interpreting
Behavioral healthcare is an umbrella term that refers to a continuum of services for individuals at risk of, or suffering from, mental, behavioral, or addictive disorders. Behavioral health, as a discipline, refers to mental health, psychiatric, marriage and family counseling, and addictions treatment, and includes services provided by social workers, counselors, psychiatrist, psychologists, neurologists, and physicians.
The other aspect of this topic relates to the self-care and well-being of the interpreters engaged in trauma related sessions, where trauma is here used to refer to any deeply distressing or disturbing experience. Recent researches show that interpreters suffer the trauma they interpret at least four times if they have not been able to build strong enough resilience to protect their emotions and feelings. Hence the need for specific interpreters trainings on how to perform during these sessions, to build resilience and to take care of themselves.