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    • 11 Nov 2017
    • 12 Nov 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Road, Sa Marcos, CA 92069

    San Diego County Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and Palomar College Present

    Robyn Dean, CI/CT, PhD

    Saturday, November 11, 2017 9am - 5pm (0.7 CEUS)

    Justice Reasoning: How Our Ethical Discourse Counters Our Ethical Claims

    Since its beginning, the sign language interpreting profession has made moral and justice claims as its raison d’etre. That is, interpreters are there to provide access to deaf people. Interpreters also claim to make decisions that are referred to as empowering the Deaf person. Further, interpreters claim to be allies, and of recent distinction, is the focus on social justice.  However, when comparing some of these claims and the ethical content material of the interpreting profession with those of other service-based professions and the philosophies of justice-reasoning, the sign language interpreting profession falls short. It arguably falls short in part due the insufficient ethical constructs used in community interpreting.

    This workshop explores the nature of ethical discourse in the field and problematizes the use of tools and devices that are not used in other professional fields.  Alternate frameworks based in values are further explored.

    Please note: this is not a demand control schema (DC-S) workshop, though it will be alluded to – participants are expected to know the basic constructs proposed by DC-S.

    Educational objectives

    1.     Identify the three types of ethics: normative, descriptive, and meta-ethics.

    2.     Describe the various forms of normative ethical content material in sign language interpreting.

    3.     Explain the normative messages often found in exemplars in the field.

    4.     Describe the three tacit moral schemas as defined by scholars in the field of justice-reasoning.

    5.     Describe the components of post-conventional reasoning and the use of values-based decision making.

    Prerequisite: 2 demand control schema online videos (25 minutes each) provided free of cost post-registration

    Sunday, November 12, 2017 9am - 5pm (must be a nationally certified and/or working Deaf Interpreter)(0.7 ceus)

    Promoting the Use of Normative Ethics in the Practice Profession of Community Interpreting

    The ethical framework passed along to interpreters over the years has been dominated by the use of role metaphors.  Most publications about ASL interpreting will showcase the development of the practice and the ethics of interpreting by identifying metaphors such as conduit, communication facilitator, bilingual-bicultural mediator, member of the team, and ally. While to the average interpreter this might seem normal, these ethical constructs and processes set the interpreting profession apart from other professions.

    Research has shown that practicing interpreters lag behind other professionals in their ethical reasoning and development. Further, new research with interpreting students hints at the potential that interpreting education impedes students’ normal ethical trajectory. This in part stems from the misuse of the practical and ethical constructs (e.g., metaphors) used in interpreted education and continued discourse. Metaphors are employed to describe.  Describing behaviors are not the same as evaluating behaviors; it is in evaluation that reasoning and judgment are developed.

    Those who work with interpreters who are honing their practice and judgment skills need tools of evaluation not just description to advance the analytical and reasoning skills of developing professionals. This hybrid face-to-face and online training addresses these issues through lecture, homework, activities, and follow up supervision sessions.

    Educational objectives:

    1. Deconstruct the typical metaphors used in interpreting to identify values.

    2. From interpreting case reports, identify elements of decision-making including value conflict.

    3. Explain Rest’s Four Component Model and its relevance to interpreting practice

    4. Identify three reflective activities with mentees that can advance ethical judgment.

    Prerequisite homework: Saturday workshop and homework, 2 additional articles provided free of cost post-registration

    Presenter Biography: 

    Robyn K. Dean, CI/CT, PhD: Robyn has been a nationally certified signed language interpreter for over twenty-five years with particular service in the field of healthcare. Her scholarship in decision-making and ethics in community interpreting is recognized internationally. Robyn has over twenty publications, all of which focus on the theoretical and pedagogical frameworks used to advance the practice of community interpreters. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she is the lead instructor on the institute’s postgraduate degree in healthcare interpretation. Robyn also teaches on postgraduate degrees designed for signed language interpreters in Europe.

    Times and location

    November 11, 2017 9:00 am - 5pm (.7 CEUs)

    Room P-32, Palomar College

    November 12, 2017 9:00 am - 5pm (.7 CEUs)

    Room H-223, Palomar College


    one hour lunch break - Lunch included with registration

    * Sunday's workshop is limited to 40 participants. Participants must be a mentor in SDCRID's Mighty Mentors Program or be a nationally certified and/or  working Deaf interpreter and have attended Saturday's 11/11/17 workshop. If you have any further questions please email mentorship@sdcrid.org.  



    Workshop will be presented in spoken English. Interpretation will be provided. Please e-mail mentorship@sdcrid.org to make other requests for reasonable accommodations by 11/4/2017.


    Saturday cost:

    $115 - early bird SDCRID member (by November 4th)

    $125 - regular SDCRID member

    $125 - early bird non-member (by November 4th)

    $135 - regular non-member

    $50  - early bird student (by November 4th)

    $55  - regular student

    Saturday and Sunday cost:

    $170 - early bird SDCRID member (by November 4th)

    $175 - regular SDCRID member

    $175 - early bird non-member (by November 4th)

    $180- regular non-member

    If you are attempting to register for an option and it appears to be grayed-out, or not visible, that usually means that you do not qualify for that option. Early Bird price is good until November 4th, 2017. For any questions please email mentorship@sdcrid.org.

Past events

16 Sep 2017 Deaf Middle East Refugees: Cultural and Language Barriers
10 Jun 2017 General Membership Meeting
09 Jun 2017 Board and Chairs Meeting
28 Apr 2017 ASL Boot Camp for working Interpreters
19 Apr 2017 Basic Math Does Not Equal Basic Interpreting
22 Mar 2017 Medical Interpreting 101
11 Mar 2017 General Membership Meeting
10 Mar 2017 Board and Chairs Meeting
04 Mar 2017 Veteran Interpreter Panel
07 Jan 2017 General Membership Meeting
06 Jan 2017 Board and Chairs Meeting
08 Dec 2016 Leading in the 21st Century
19 Nov 2016 Mentoring Workshop
05 Nov 2016 Deaf Community Panel
24 Sep 2016 Power & Privilege – A Personal “Pressing” Issue
17 Sep 2016 General Membership Meeting
16 Sep 2016 Board and Chairs Meeting
27 Aug 2016 SDCRID B&C Leadership Retreat
04 Jun 2016 General Membership Meeting
03 Jun 2016 Board & Chair Meeting
23 Apr 2016 Teaming: Start to Finish
26 Mar 2016 Think Tank
19 Mar 2016 Educational Interpreting: It’s Not Just a Job, It’s an Adventure!
12 Mar 2016 Interpreter Forum
12 Mar 2016 General Membership Meeting
09 Jan 2016 Think Tank
12 Dec 2015 General Membership Meeting
05 Dec 2015 Part II: Effective Practices in Deaf/Hearing Interpreting Teams
04 Dec 2015 Board & Chair Meeting
15 May 2015 Vulnerability in Interpreting: how being vulnerable creates amazing interpreters
03 May 2015 Introduction to Legal Interpreting
11 Apr 2015 California Sign Language Interpreter State License Town Hall Meeting: Phase 1 – The Big Picture
28 Mar 2015 English Idioms and Colloquial Phrases
31 Jan 2015 Enhancing your “Eye-Listening” skills using Non-Manual Markers
14 Nov 2014 Taboos in Interpreting
04 Oct 2014 Vicarious Trauma and its affects on our work
14 Jun 2014 Boundaries with Professionals: Social Media and the Deaf Community
26 Apr 2014 Educational Interpreting: A Panel Discussion
29 Mar 2014 Shift Happens: ASL Performatives
28 Mar 2014 Power Point Poisoning & Other Presentation Pitfalls
01 Jun 2013 Interpreters Turn Historic Corner: A Panel Discussion on Unionization of VIs
11 May 2013 Graphic Organizers: Tools for Creating a Cohesive Visual-Spatial Discourse
16 Mar 2013 Working with Deaf People: A Deaf Perspective
12 Jan 2013 Town Hall Discussion: RID's Standard Practice Paper on Interpreting in the Emergency Management Field
27 Oct 2012 Voicing: A New Perspective
09 Jun 2012 Making the Most of a Mentorship: For Mentors and Mentees
19 May 2012 Classifiers: Just Do It!
24 Mar 2012 Voice Interpreting: Tips, Tricks and Skills
10 Mar 2012 Got Skills? Get More!
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