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Seminar: VTMH March Seminar 2018

Start: 2018-03-21

End: 2018-03-21

VTMH Monthly Seminar Series
Wednesday 21st March, 2018

Mental Health Interactions & Interpreters - Guidelines for Interpreters & Interpreters' Perspectives 
Speaker: Dr Jim Hlavac, Monash University 

Venue: Conference Room, Level 1 Bolte Wing (Building F), 14 Nicholson St, St Vincent's Hospital, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Time: 3pm - 4pm
Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP as spaces are limited.

There is now a growing body of resources, guides and research literature on how mental health professionals work with interpreters. The VTMH was one of the first organisations to create a video and text resource in this area, the ‘Guidelines for working effectively with interpreters in mental health settings’ released in 2006. However, there are fewer instructional resources for interpreters on how to work with mental health professionals. To address this gap, a 55-page resource ‘Mental Health Guidelines for Interpreters’* was developed by Monash University and launched in December 2017 containing information for interpreters on definitions, protocols, ethics, practices, self-care and content knowledge’**. This session will present a selection of these – protocols, ethics, self-care and content knowledge. Concurrent to the development of the guidelines, a small-scale qualitative study of mental health interpreters was undertaken. This session will present responses and findings from this study, focussing on the importance of briefings and physical configurations, and ‘manageable ‘ and ‘less manageable’ features of patients’ and mental health professionals’ discourse. While presenting the perspective of the interpreter, this session welcomes comments and responses from mental health professionals about their views on and experiences from interpreted mental health interactions.  

* The Mental Health Guidelines for Interpreters were funded by Language Loop – Powering VITS – through its Industry Innovation Grants Program (2015-2017).

** An electronic version of the Guidelines can be found at:


About the Speaker: 

Dr Jim Hlavac is a senior lecturer in Translation and Interpreting Studies at Monash University. He is a NAATI accredited and practising professional interpreter and translator and has 20 years’ experience as an interpreter in health, legal and educational settings. He has published widely in the field of Translation and Interpreting Studies and also in the related disciplines of multilingualism, contact linguistics and intercultural communication.

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The VTMH Seminar Series draws speakers from a range fields, highlighting topics from contemporary policy, practice & research in transcultural mental health. Seminars are free & open to people working in mental health & related professions. Seminars are held on the third Wednesday of each month between March and October.