Working Therapeutically with Interpreters in Mental Health: A Curriculum for Clinicians.
Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
First Committee Member
Jennifer A. Erickson Cornish
Second Committee Member
Janet L. Shriberg
Interpreters; Treatment Manual; Assessment; Mental health clinicians; LEP
Given the increasing numbers of people who lack proficiency in spoken English, it would not be uncommon for American healthcare practitioners to encounter clients whose primary language is not English. Additionally, for those clinicians who specifically wish to work with immigrants, refugees or asylees, it is likely that their clientele will be comprised of LEP individuals and families. While many professional interpreters have completed formal training and been certified to provide their unique services, mental health clinicians rarely receive such training to help negotiate the complex dynamics inherent in working with LEP populations where the therapeutic relationship is altered with the addition of an interpreter. This training curriculum proposes the detailed, in-depth training for clinicians as recommended by numerous sources in the literature.
Kendall, Julie, "Working Therapeutically with Interpreters in Mental Health: A Curriculum for Clinicians." (2013). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 82.