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Training for Interpreters

It is well documented that an individual’s emotional, psychological, and physical health can be impacted by working with with people who have experienced trauma.  In this interactive workshop, Dr. Lybarger will discuss the unique vulnerabilities that interpreters experience.  A brief discussion of vicarious/secondary trauma will be followed by a focus on how to increase personal resiliency.  Given that interpreting is emotionally demanding work, we will also focus on how to maintain an acceptable quality of life.  Various coping and self-care strategies will be shared.

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Stress Management

This workshop, developed for educational professionals, will help participants identify ways to cope with stress more effectively. As stress and uncertainty abound, it is increasingly difficult to manage our professional and personal lives without unintended negative consequences.  Dr. Lybarger will share information and skills that encourage resilience and reduce the impact of stress on our lives.

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Vicarious / Secondary Trauma

Interpreters are regularly exposed to the pain, suffering and emotional trauma of others. In this work environment, an interpreter cannot help but to experience vicarious trauma by taking in some of the emotional pain related to the consumer’s traumatic experiences.

The most important part of coping with the intense nature of interpreting work is acknowledging that secondary trauma exists.  Moreover, secondary trauma greatly impacts an interpreter’s personal and professional life. This interactive workshop will focus on identifying and effectively coping with secondary trauma. Dr. Lybarger will define secondary trauma and review the signs and symptoms associated with it.  He will also assist interpreters with establishing a self-care plan for dealing with the effects of secondary trauma.

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Managing 911 Calls

In this interactive workshop, Dr. Lybarger will discuss the psychological, emotional and physiological aspects of interpreting 911 calls. Participants will learn new stress management strategies for a range of critical incident situations, including: suicidal callers, calls from or about children, and calls that involve violence.  Dr.Lybarger will provide participants with new skills for dealing with callers who have unregistered locations or those who are unresponsive. Suggestions for maximizing the efficacy of the team interpreting relationship will also be offered.  This workshop is designed to help interpreters understand the dynamics of stress in the 911 environment, and improve their ability to interpret effectively in a crisis situation. Interpreters will learn new ways to minimize the potential impact of being exposed to the trauma that can be associated with 911 calls.

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Beginning interpreters:

Interpreters who are new to the field are vulnerable to the psychological, physiological, and emotional risks inherent in the profession of interpreting.  This interactive workshop will discuss the nature of interpreting. New interpreters will learn how to foster resilience and identify when they have been negatively impacted by the work. Strategies will be offered for self-evaluation, self-care, and ongoing personal growth.

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