Interpreting for Trauma


“It Breaks My Heart” – Interpreting for Trauma

Domestic violence Sexual assault Child abuse Refugees Every day interpreters witness suffering and interpret it. Who is preparing them to cope?

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

Through discussion, film vignettes, activities and role plays, interpreters will plunge into the field of interpreting for victims of trauma. By exploring how they can interpret effectively without re-traumatizing the survivor, interpreters will learn the value of professional boundaries. The day concludes with a spotlight on interpreter stress and vicarious trauma. Interpreters will build a self-care plan to protect themselves from stress and trauma.

Learning objectives

After completing this workshop, interpreters will be able to:

  • Discuss how to interpret effectively for trauma survivors, with a special focus on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
  • Practice techniques for interpreting traumatic content that promote accuracy, avoid re-traumatizing the survivor and respect survivor autonomy.
  • Develop a plan to address long-term wellness and self-care strategies to practice before, during and after the assignment.

Registration is final. No Refund.

Credit Hours for Continuing Education

The Colorado Judicial Department, Office of Language Access                       7 CE

Commission for the Certification of Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI)            7


National Board for the Certification of Healthcare Interpreters (NBCMI) in progress

Course Features

  • Lectures 0
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 35 hours
  • Students 26
  • Certificate No
  • Assessments Yes
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