Over the past few years there's been a noticeable shift in the discourse in online communities for interpreters. Labor issues have become increasingly commonplace, and we just don't talk about our mental health.
Why Interpreters Need More Mental Health Training
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: medical interpretation and mental health interpreting are not the same. Unfortunately, mental health interpretation is often lumped in with medical interpretation, and interpreters trained in medical interpretation are usually the ones who are dispatched to interpret for mental health encounters. While medical interpretation and mental health...
Coping with Neck, Shoulder, and Back Soreness
Reducing OPI/VRI Anxiety During COVID-19, Part 6: Relaxation Techniques
I go over a bunch of different strategies for not only dealing with those moments where the stress and anxiety seem to overwhelm us, but also activities I recommend doing every day to mitigate stress as it builds up. While this was written with remote interpreters in mind, most of these suggestions can help anyone!
Reducing OPI/VRI Anxiety During COVID-19, Part 5: Set Your Space
Reducing OPI/VRI Anxiety During COVID-19, Part 4: Change Your Ringtone
Reducing OPI/VRI Anxiety During COVID-19, Part 3: Track Your Time
Reducing OPI/VRI Anxiety During COVID-19, Part 2: Call Flow Charts
Reducing OPI/VRI Anxiety During COVID-19, Part 1: Reference Materials
Medical and Mental Health Interpreting: Two Distinct Disciplines
Mental health interpretation is not usually considered a specialty apart, but rather incorporated into medical interpreting as a whole. I believe that this isn’t a wise way to go about providing mental health interpreting services to patients, as many medical interpreters starting out are often blindsided by mental health interpreting assignments with little to no preparation. Most 40-hour...