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DoIT presents at Efsli conference in Toulouse, France

DoIT presents at Efsli conference in Toulouse, France

Department of Interpretation and Translation (DoIT) faculty, Dr. Lori Whynot, and Ph.D. candidate, Naomi Sheneman, and MAI alumnus Rebekah Knodel presented papers at the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters’ (Efsli) conference in Toulouse, France. The conference, “What's Up Doc?", focused interpreting in medical, mental health, and allied health care settings. The Efsli conference was held from September 8 to September 10, 2017. 

Over 325 registrants from Europe and abroad attended. Whynot presented a lecture titled "Empathy, Vicarious Trauma, and Managing Personal and Professional Boundaries in Health Care Interpreting." Her talk discussed reducing secondary trauma vulnerability and identifying risks for boundary crossings while maintaining empathy in healthcare interpreting work. Sheneman presented preliminary data from her doctoral research about extralinguistic knowledge (ELK) and its influence on cancer treatment translations. Knodel shared her master’s research project on reported strategies of mental health care interpreters in managing vicarious trauma, noting gaps in training to prepare interpreters for this aspect of the work.

Presentations were given in French, English, and International Sign. All lectures were live captioned. Interpreters worked between several spoken and signed languages at this multi-national event.

Photo credits: Photo of Knodel and Sheneman by Lori Whynot, photo of Whynot by Jackie Lightfoot.

Posted by Lori Whynot | Posted September 12, 2017 at 4:20 PM

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