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ERIC Number: ED509813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
Tips for Mental Health Interpretation
Whitsett, Margaret
Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
This paper offers tips for working with interpreters in mental health settings. These tips include: (1) Using trained interpreters, not bilingual staff or community members; (2) Explaining "interpreting procedures" to the providers and clients; (3) Addressing the stigma associated with mental health that may influence interpreters; (4) Defining the roles of the interpreter and provider clearly; (5) Having the provider discuss their goals for a session with the interpreter before seeing the client; (6) Scheduling time for the provider and interpreter to meet before and after each session to discuss concerns or answer questions; (7) Training providers and interpreters in cultural competency and helping them understand the importance of culturally and linguistically sensitive interventions; (8) Debriefing interpreters so they can process the traumatic stories heard when interpreting the clients' experiences; (9) Building a provider-interpreter team; and (10) Using assessment tools to measure the accuracy of the interpreter.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Center for Health and Health Care in Schools