Interpreter Services in Mental Health Care - A Collaborative Model

Interpreter Services in Mental Health Care - A Collaborative Model


Tuesday May 29, 2018


9am - 10am

Online Webinar

Health Care Interpreters, or Medical Interpreters, work in synergy with doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals to ensure that communication is not hampered by language disparities. They take the stage alongside other professionals and yet, this co-operative arrangement is not always acknowledged. Interpreters are often seen as ad-hoc language aides that come as needed and leave when they are no longer required.
Although many professionals respect and rely on the work of interpreters, there is not always a common understanding of the professional qualifications required of interpreters, nor about how to effectively work with interpreters in their practice.  More importantly, health care providers could gain immense value from integrating interpreters as a member of their team: value that will benefit providers, patients and the system.

This webinar will:
  1. Provide practitioners with a solid foundation of the work and qualifications required of interpreters working in mental health settings
  2. Describe the Collaborative Model and its defining elements
  3. Positive practices when working with interpreters
  4. Practical tools on how to effectively work in collaboration with interpreters



Angela Sasso, Director, Shifting Pictures Inc.,

BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Health

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.