|In Our Hands|
Educating Healthcare Interpreters
Laurie Swabey and
Interpreter Education, Volume 5
Deaf Americans have identified healthcare as the most difficult setting in which to obtain a qualified interpreter. Yet, relatively little attention has been given to developing evidence-based resources and a standardized body of knowledge to educate healthcare interpreters. In Our Hands: Educating Healthcare Interpreters addresses these concerns by delineating the best practices for preparing interpreters to facilitate full access for deaf people in healthcare settings.
The first section of this volume begins with developing domains and competencies toward a teaching methodology for medical and mental health interpreters. The next chapter describes a discourse approach that relies on analyzing actual transcripts and recordings to train healthcare interpreters. Other chapters feature a model mental health interpreter training program in Alabama; using a Demand-Control Schema for experiential learning; the risk of vicarious trauma to interpreters; online educational opportunities; and interpreting for deaf health care professionals. The second section offers four perspectives on education, including healthcare literacy of the clients; the education of Deaf interpreters; the development of standards for spoken-language healthcare interpreters; and the perspectives of healthcare interpreter educators in Europe. The range and depth of In Our Hands takes significant strides in presenting educational opportunities that can enhance the critical services provided by healthcare interpreters to deaf clients.
Laurie Swabey is a professor of American Sign Language and Interpreting at St. Catherine University.
Karen Malcolm is a former instructor/coordinator in the Department of Sign Language Interpreting at Douglas College in Canada.
Print Edition: ISBN 978-1-56368-521-7, 6 x 9 casebound, 272 pages, tables, figures, references, index
E-Book: ISBN 978-1-56368-522-4
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