SDCRID and Palomar College Present Robyn Dean, CI/CT, PhD

  • 11 Nov 2017
  • 12 Nov 2017
  • 2 sessions
  • 11 Nov 2017, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • 12 Nov 2017, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Road, Sa Marcos, CA 92069


  • Current SDCRID student members. Will be asked to show proof of current student status
  • Participants must be nationally certified and/or working Deaf Interpreters
  • Participants must be nationally certified and/or working Deaf Interpreters


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.

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