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Approaching work with interpreters in mental health settings

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


Tuesday, 02 July 2024


Kathleen Symes Library, Multipurpose Room 1, 251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053





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About the workshop

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

Using a variety of facilitation modes, and grounded in a reflective practice approach, the workshop provides learners with the opportunity to explore the challenges and realities in the interpreting environment, and to understand these within broader cultural responsiveness frameworks, including an intersectional lens. The workshop also invites and promotes strategies for adapting practice for working with interpreters in a variety of mental health settings.

The workshop is informed by, and uses materials created as part of the VTMH Approaching work with interpreters in mental health settings resource Project (VTMH, 2019). The resources developed through the Project used a co-design process, involving a variety of stakeholders including consumers, carers, interpreters, clinicians and academics, across the lifespan of the project. To find out more about this project click here.

Participants will receive hard copies of resources developed in the project including a Practice Tips Poster, Resource Booklet and Full Report.

Learning outcomes

In this workshop, participants will

  • Consider the applicability of cultural safety, cultural humility and intersectionality in the interpreted encounter
  • Explore meaning making and language  
  • Reflect on the challenges and realities in the interpreting environment          
  • Explore the role of the interpreter, and the practitioner, in the interpreted encounter
  • Discuss engagement strategies prior to, during and after the interpreted encounter
  • Explore institutional responsibilities in relation to supporting the implementation of systems that support the provision of interpreting services

Date, duration and delivery style

Delivery style: This is a full day face to face (in person) workshop. Online options are unavailable for this session.

Date: Tuesday, 2 July 2024
Time: Doors open 9:15am, for a 9:30am sharp start. The workshop will conclude by 4pm.
Venue: Kathleen Symes Library, Multipurpose Room 1, 251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053

Participants will be asked to complete some pre-reading, including a self-paced online learning module, Working with Interpreters, prior to attending the workshop. The module takes around two hours to complete. More details about this module can be found here.

Morning tea and lunch provided. Please note any dietary requirements during the registration process.

Further venue details and housekeeping information will be provided to registrants closer to the workshop.


VTMH workshops are open to and provided free 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. Staff working in a range of roles within this workforce, including but not limited to community rehabilitation and recovery workers, lived experience workers, mental health nursing, social work, occupational therapy, psychiatry, program leaders/project workers and administration roles, are invited to register.

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.

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, 21 June 2024.

Spaces in our workshops are limited and provided free through state funding. We require that you 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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