Building Relationships and Understanding Ethics in Educational Interpreting by Sabrina Smith

  • 12 Aug 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Zoom
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NVCC and the VDOE Educational Interpreter Training Grant provided by Marla Pollack present...

"Building Relationships and Understanding Ethics in Educational Interpreting"

 Presented by Sabrina Smith, PhD


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When: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

           9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Cost: VRID Members - $50.00

         Non-Members - $75.00

         NVCC Interpreting Students/Grant participants- Free

Location: Zoom (After registration link will be sent)

Workshop Information: 

This workshop deals with ethics in interpreting and will focus specifically on educational interpreters. Interpreters will learn how to transition smoothly into a class making teachers feel less anxiety about having an adult in their classroom. The participants will learn techniques that help build a strong working relationship with other coworkers at the same time. Interpreters take a look at how their actions can interfere with the ability to get the respect they want. They learn to apply new techniques and approaches to get materials they need before the school year begins. 

The role of the interpreter is discussed in depth as well as how to approach others about our role. The goal is to become empowered as professionals starting from the basics “Dressing for success” and leading you to some of our biggest challenges “Please do not interpret everything I say”.  Interpreters will devise techniques to educate the staff in the building about their roles as interpreters. Interpreters will also reflect on successful approaches as well as learn from the unsuccessful approaches that they have experienced in the past by sharing with their peers and having open discussions. 

It not only deals with educational interpreting but it also helps prepare interpreters for National Certification testing. Interpreters will formulate ways to approach difficult scenarios by working from the Perceptions Model in order to practice applying ethics to the situations that may be faced in educational interpreting. It's a combination of lecture and hands on. Experiences are shared in this workshop and group discussions allow for peer feedback during the ethical practice segment.

Presenter Biography: Sabrina Smith, PhD

Sabrina Smith has been involved in the interpreting field for over 20 years. She is Nationally certified through RID: CI and CT, as well as NIC Master and Ed:K-12. She works as an educational interpreter and has been interpreting in the school system for over 17 years in elementary, middle and high school settings. She also works as a video relay interpreter with Sorenson Communications where she has been employed over 10 years. She enjoys encouraging interpreters of all levels and mentoring people across the United States. She works as a freelance interpreter, an instructor at local community colleges, and as a performing arts interpreter for theatre’s and concert venues in her area. She served as the Region II delegate for IEIS (Interpreters in Educational and Instructional Settings) from 2015-17. She has presented various workshops across the country, and also presented abroad in Peru helping to empower the Deaf community to seek interpreters for their children in mainstreamed schools. Feel free to contact her about mentoring, presenting, or just general questions about the field of interpreting at 

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