Interpreting Is (Not) for the Feeble

You're off!

It’s 7:30 AM and you’re reviewing your assignments for the day. You’re running on little sleep because you were on call the night before. Most of the appointments look routine.  Then you notice that you’re in for a tough day:  You’ll be interpreting for a family that is scheduled to discuss end-of-life planning for their 8-year-old son.

An assignment was squeezed into your lunch break. It’s with a doctor who hollered at you last week because you asked him to clarify a medical term.  You were hoping to pick up your spouse’s prescription at the pharmacy on your lunch break, but doesn’t look like you’ll have time anymore. 

You remember when medical interpreting used to fill you with energy. You wonder if you’re up to the task today. You wonder if you’ll stick with interpreting much longer.

Medical interpreters are motivated by working with people.  People will complicate things and create a roller coaster of experiences.  That’s why Interpreting is (Not) for the Feeble.  Recognizing that this job challenges you emotionally, physically and mentally will bring you longevity.  Because once you know what challenges to look for, you can proactively find resolutions.

Interpreting is an incredibly rewarding and dynamic career. This session focuses on interpreter wellness as a means of optimizing interpreter performance and preventing professional burnout.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify factors that adversely impact the interpreter's well-being while actively interpreting
  • Identify causes of long-term stress that lead to professional burnout
  • Describe techniques to respond to self-care needs while in an interpreted encounter
  • Describe self-care strategies and techniques to prevent professional burnout

Course Details:

  • 1-hour course
  • CE approved
    • ATA: 1 point
    • CCHI: 1 instructional hour
    • IMIA/NBCMI: 0.1 CEUs
    • WA DSHS: 1 hour
  • Live, instructor-led online classroom
  • Instructor: Erin Rosales
  • Registration fee: $48.00
When I am constantly running there is no time for being. When there is no time for being there is no time for listening.
— Madeleine L'Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art