Trainers Webinar # 49

This 90 minute webinar took place on September 29, 2021
at 4:00 PM 
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Context matters in the practice of interpreting but too often the complexities and implications of context are not adequately defined in interpreter training. Instead, learning about the many and varied contexts that interpreters are called into is left to on-the-job experience. 

Over the last twenty years, Robyn Dean and Robert Pollard have offered practitioners, educators, and trainers ways to identify and talk about the interpreting context and how to more effectively prepare interpreters for working in those contexts. Much of that work has been devoted to the contexts of medical and mental health.

This presentation explains how medical interpreting educators can help to not only define context but teach it and assess practitioners’ ability to understand and apply it in professional practice. As medical education has worked to improve the clinical skills of providers so too should medical interpreter education. This can happen by bringing interpreter practitioners incrementally closer to the medical contexts, that is to improve and assess their clinical skills.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain context-based decision making or teleology

  2. Describe what problem-based learning is and how it advances critical thinking in interpreters

  3. Identify three techniques used to improve the clinical skills of interpreters

  4. Explain the utility of Schön’s reflection-in-action and knowledge-in-action

About the Presenter:

Robyn K. Dean, CI/CT, PhD

Robyn has been a nationally certified signed language interpreter for over thirty years with particular service in the field of healthcare. Her scholarship in decision-making and ethics in community interpreting is recognized internationally. Robyn has over twenty publications, all of which focus on the theoretical and pedagogical frameworks used to advance the practice of community interpreters. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she is the lead instructor on the institute’s postgraduate degree in healthcare interpretation. Robyn also consults on a postgraduate degree for signed language interpreters in Europe.

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