The Voice of Compassion: How to Interpret for Rape Survivors

SKU#: 44 Compassion
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A guide for interpreters on how to interpret effectively for rape survivors using trauma-informed interpreting techniques.

All course content is presented in English, with multiple opportunities to practice all your working languages.  That makes the program perfect for interpreters who speak or sign ANY language.

Course length:  2 hours  

Course access period: 180 days from purchase date

Once purchased, course access cannot be paused. See our FAQ for information on purchasing course access extensions or purchase your course extension here. 

Course completion requirements: Pass one exit test (score of 70% or above).

Certificate: Downloadable certificate available immediately upon passing the exit test.


  • Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI): 2 CCHI CE hours
  • The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf: 0.2 RID CEUs*
  • Maryland Court Interpreter Program: 2 CE credits
  • Pennsylvania Interpreter Certification Program (ICP): 0.5 CEUs
  • Florida Court Interpreter Certification and Regulation Program: 2.4 CIE credits
  • Ontario Council on Community Interpreting: 2 OCCI PDUs

Learning objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define trauma and explain the impact of trauma on rape survivors.
  • Explore techniques to interpret effectively for rape survivors and avoid re-traumatizing survivors.

You will also learn valuable techniques to help yourself avoid vicarious trauma when interpreting for rape survivors.

What you will get:

  • Your video instructor: Marjory A. Bancroft, MA
  • 12 interactive exercises, including a role play that was scripted in collaboration with a licensed therapist and setting-specific skills practice
  • Statistics and data about rape, sexual assault and child sexual abuse
  • A realistic child forensic interview
  • Access to a film of survivors discussing their rape trauma
  • Specialized, trauma-informed interpreting techniques that will help protect interpreters from vicarious trauma while also protecting rape survivors from potential re-traumatization
  • Access to a self-care plan
  • A number of real-life stories about rape from interpreters and survivors to help prepare you for this field
  • Sections from Breaking Silence: Interpreting for Victim Services, a training manual about interpreting for victims of violent crime, including rape
  • Course completion certificate

How this lesson will improve your practice:

You will:

  • Know if you are ready and willing to interpret for rape survivors.
  • Be able to understand the impact of sexual trauma on survivors, interpreters and the session itself.
  • Understand how to protect yourself from vicarious trauma.
  • Be able to engage in specific strategies and techniques to interpret effectively, calmly and with compassion when interpreting for rape survivors.
  • Be able to self-assess the impact on you, the interpreter, of becoming the voice for rape survivors.
  • Know how to engage in practices that will help relax you before, during and after difficult assignments.

*Please note that there is an additional $20 processing fee, per program, for RID CEUs.


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