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WEBINAR: Demand Control Schema: An Introduction to the Normative Ethics of Interpreting

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Webinar Training: "Demand Contral Schema: An Introduction to the Normative Ethics of Interpreting," by Robyn K. Dean

  • April 1, 2023
  • 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Presented via WEBINAR
  • $25.00 General Registration
  • $10.00 Student Registration

This workshop has been approved for .4 CEUs in Professional Studies/Ethics and assumes participants will enter with some content level of knowledge of this topic.

Webinar: Interpreters who work in community settings face ethically complex situations every day. Unfortunately, the profession has not been consistent in how it guides and supports interpreters in making effective and ethical decisions. Most ethical codes in the profession frame ethical ideals as, “interpreters always,” and “interpreters never,”. Yet, how often is the phrase, “it depends on the situation,” uttered by interpreters? To add to the confusion, interpreters hear from trainers and colleagues that interpreters are just “conduits,” or should be “invisible.” Or interpreters hear the exact opposite: interpreters are “advocates,” or they are “members of the team.”

Neither a list of rules, nor a series of metaphors can effectively advance ethical thought and ethical action in a practice profession. What is needed instead is a set of professional values and the skills needed to effectively apply those values in a particular context. Demand control schema or DC-S provides a values-based framework to assess the context and evaluate the consequences of their decisions. DC-S provides a series of practical constructs and processes that effectively account for the complex work interpreters do—and does so in a manner that parallels other practice professions.

This 4-hour presentation addresses the concerns of the current ethical dialogue in the field and instead offers interpreting practitioners a values-based teleological process for learning to analyze each assignment for contextual factors and decision consequences.

The Presenter: Robyn K. Dean, CI/CT, PhD, has been an interpreter for over 30 years, with service experience in medical and mental health settings. She conducts workshops internationally on the topics of ethics, reflective practice, and work effectiveness, with emphases on healthcare interpreting and professional development. Robyn’s demand control schema has been the topic of numerous presentations, publications, grant projects, and most recently a textbook which is being used in interpreter education programs across the globe. Robyn is currently on the teaching faculty as an Associate Professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the department of ASL and Interpreter Education.

***Presented in English with ASL Interpretating Services Available Upon Request***

Any materials will be emailed the day before the workshop or after it is complete depending on presenter preference.

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