The Voice of Compassion: How to Interpret for Rape Survivors
A guide for interpreters on how to interpret effectively for rape survivors using trauma-informed interpreting techniques.
Course length: 2 hours
Course access period: Two months
Course completion requirements: Pass one exit test (score of 80% or above).
Certificate: Downloadable certificate available immediately upon passing the exit test.
- Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI): 2 CCHI CE hours
- Washington State Department of Social Health Services: 2 DSHS CECs
- 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
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 host: 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:
- 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.