1st Edition

Working with Interpreters in Mental Health

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    Why are interpreters an important part of modern healthcare provision?
    In today's society, there is an increasing need for mental health professionals to work with interpreters, yet coverage of this subject in the existing literature is scarce. Working with Interpreters in Mental Health gives an insight into the issues and problems of professionals working with interpreters in the mental health field.
    Informed by theoretical, research and practice considerations, Working with Interpreters in Mental Health helps practitioners to develop better ways of helping service users who need an interpreter. Combining contributions from a number of different disciplines, this book discusses:
    * interpreters in medical consultations
    * issues of language provision in health care services
    * the application of theoretical frameworks to the work with interpreters
    * the work of interpreters in a variety of practical settings.
    Whilst the focus the placed within a mental health context, many of the issues raised apply equally to other context where interpreters are needed. This book will be invaluable for practitioners of psychology, psychiatry, social work and other health professionals.

    Introduction. Raval, An Overview of the Issues in the Work with Interpreters. Cushing, Interpreters in Medical Consultations. Tribe, with Saunders Training Issues for Interpreters. Baylav, Issues of Language Provision in Health Care Services. Nijad, A Day in the Life of an Interpreting Service. Razban, An Interpreter's Perspective. Granger, Baker, The Role and Experience of Interpreters. Raval, Applying Theoretical Frameworks to the Work of Interpreters. Messent, From Postmen to Makers of Meaning - A Model for Collaborative Work Between Clinicians and Interpreters. Loshak, The Role of the Interpreter in Child Mental Health - The Changing Landscape. Newland, Working with Interpreters within Services for People with Learning Disabilities. Mudakiri, Working with Interpreters in Adult Mental Health. Tribe, Morrissey, The Refugee Context and the Role of Interpreters. Patel, Speaking with the Silent - Addressing Issues of Disempowerment when Working with Refugee People. Papadopoulos, Narratives of Translating - Interpreting with Refugees, the Subjugation of Individual Discourses. Concluding Remarks.


    Rachel Tribe is senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of East London. She has many years' experience of working with clients from different cultural and racial backgrounds in mental health settings, and has a particular interest in the area of the refugee context of mental health.

    Hitesh Raval is a clinical psychologist and systemic family psychotherapist, currently working as a clinical research director at Salomons in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. He has been substantially involved in the training of clinical psychologists and systemic family psychotherapists.