Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation

5-2019

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Classical and Modern Languages

Committee Chair

Baixauli-Olmos, Lluis

Committee Member

Sullivan, Clare

Committee Member

Maloney, Thomas

Committee Member

Swinehart, Karl

Author's Keywords

mental health interpreting; trauma narratives; interpreting studies

Abstract

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.

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