Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Classical and Modern Languages
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
mental health interpreting; trauma narratives; interpreting studies
Interpreting Studies has seen an increase in research in mental health, but many questions have yet to be explored. This study seeks to contribute to the literature by considering how interpreters render trauma narratives that clients share in counseling sessions. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with two interpreters who have experience in the mental health setting and one counselor who has worked extensively with interpreters. A thematic analysis of these interviews contributes to a better understanding of the interpreted interactions in this setting, with key points highlighting aspects of the setting itself, the work environment, and interpreters’ trauma awareness. It also demonstrates that some participants in these encounters already have a basic awareness of how trauma affects language. This study concludes that interpreters’ renditions of these narratives can have diagnostic value in this setting. As a preliminary study, these findings can serve as a basis for further research on the topic.
Hale, Miranda, "Trauma narratives in mental health interpreting : a qualitative study." (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3166.