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Approaching work with interpreters in mental health settings

This workshop delivered face to face explores advanced skills for practitioners working with interpreters in mental health settings


Tuesday, 16 May 2023


Formal Meeting Room, Level 2, Dandenong Civic Center, 225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong VIC





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About the workshop

This advanced skills workshop is designed for all those working in mental health settings who work with interpreters.

The workshop explores challenges and realities in the interpreting environment and looks at strategies for adapting practice for working with interpreters in a variety of mental health settings.

Participants will receive hard copies of resources developed in the project Approaching work with interpreters in mental health settings (VTMH, 2019), including a Practice Tips Poster and Report.

Learning outcomes

  • Explore strategies to apply prior to, during and after an interpreted session
  • Consider key culturally responsive practices and principles, including cultural safety and cultural humility, in the context of working with interpreters.
  • Discuss challenges and realities in the interpreting environment, and strategies for adapting practice with interpreters in a variety of mental health settings

Date, duration and delivery style


This full day workshop takes a blended learning approach, with the workshop supplemented with self-directed online learning as follows:

  • Component 1: Completion of a two-hour online self-directed introductory module (link emailed following registration) completed prior to attending the workshop 
  • Component 2: Attendance at the face to face workshop, held Tuesday, 16 May, from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Venue details

Venue: Formal Meeting Room, Level 2, Dandenong Civic Center, 225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong VIC

Lunch provided. Please note any dietary requirements during the registration process. Information about covid safe procedures will be provided to registrants closer to the workshop.

Target audience

This workshop will interest staff working in a range of roles across clinical and community mental health services across Victoria. This includes but is not limited to community rehabilitation and recovery workers, lived experience workers, mental health nursing, social work, occupational therapy, psychiatry, and program leaders/project workers.

Please note: This workshop is targeted at mental health workers rather than interpreters, and as such, is not intended for those solely working as interpreters.


VTMH workshops are open to staff working in Victoria’s state-funded mental health workforce. This includes public clinical and community mental health services, as well as state-funded mental health programs within community health and social services.

Due to funding arrangements, workshops are currently unavailable to those working solely in private practice/NDIS providers. If you register and it is not clear you are part of the intended audience, we may contact you to confirm your eligibility. We thank you for your understanding.


Registrations are essential, and close Friday, 28 April.

Spaces in our workshops are limited and provided free through state funding. We ask that you please use your work email address, and provide your manager’s email details, as part of the registration process.

If you are registering as part of a team, we ask that you please limit registrations to 2-3 attendees per team, given the limited number of spaces available. Each individual attendee must register themselves.

Cancellation policy

We know circumstances change, however if you register for a workshop and are unable to attend, please contact us as soon as possible at to allow us to offer your space to those on our waiting lists.

Whilst we do our very best to deliver our workshops as scheduled, unforeseen circumstances may require us to cancel, change or postpone events at short notice. 

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