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PD Opportunity: Interpreting in mental health webinar

Interpreting in the mental health setting is a highly specialised area of practice. Mental health clinicians rely primarily on the interview with the patient for assessment and diagnosis. They are interested not only in what the patient is saying but also in how they are expressing their thoughts.

For an interpreted mental health interview to be successful, interpreters must understand the purposes of psychiatric interviewing and therapy sessions, and the role communication plays in them.

Patients with mental illness may make references to cultural beliefs or practices that make no sense to a listener from another culture. Mental health assessment tools are usually culture specific and may produce misleading results when applied to patients from non-English speaking backgrounds.

The challenge for the interpreter is to accurately represent the patient’s cultural references as well as the tone of the communication in order to enable the clinician to make the correct diagnosis. Interpreters can also experience high levels of stress and even vicarious trauma, particularly when interpreting for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The aim of this webinar is to provide interpreters with background knowledge of mental illness, psychiatric interviewing and assessment, outline the common interpreting challenges and offer some strategies for interpreting in a range of psychiatric consultations.

It will cover both the mental health clinician’s perspective as well as the professional interpreter’s perspective.

Meet our presenters

Anna Kenny is a Professional Development Coordinator with NSW Health Care Interpreter Services. She develops and facilitates education and training programs for healthcare interpreters across NSW. She completed a Master’s Degree in Interpreting and Translation Pedagogy at Macquarie University. Anna’s areas of interest are interpreter ethics and decision-making skills.

Nadia Garan is the Program Leader: Service Development, Planning and Evaluation for the Transcultural Mental Health Centre. Nadia is an occupational therapist, who also holds a Masters of Public Health and a Masters of Health Management. Nadia has a passion for improving systems and processes to work with diverse communities in a range of health settings.

She has experience working across the lifespan and has worked in disability in India, drug and alcohol rehabilitation in Tonga, in aged care on the Gold Coast and in youth services and homelessness in Sydney. Nadia has worked at the TMHC for over a decade and believes that there are many opportunities for working with diversity as a strength of our community.

Key Details

  • Date: Tuesday 16 February
  • Time: 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Venue: All registered attendees will be provided with a link to join the online webinar.
  • Cost: AUSIT/ASLIA member $40, Non-member $60, AUSIT student member $20, Non-member student $30
  • Please register by the 14th of February.

Click here for more details or to register.