Interpreting in Mental Health Settings (MH001)


ONLINE:  October 19 – November 18, 2020| Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00pm – 7:00pm PST

This course, is a third level program that provides fundamental skills to allow interpreters to work in mental health settings confidently.


Course Title: Interpreting in Mental Health Settings

Length: 45 hours – Interpreting in Healthcare Settings is a prerequisite

Format: This course is now being offered online via remote classroom learning. The course is comprised of 10 sessions in an online classroom with the instructor and others students, and a series of online modules and assignments that students complete in their own time. Students have access to the online modules for 3 months from the start date of the course.

Content Overview:

  • Interpreting in Mental Health Settings Model: The 3E’s of the Collaborative Model
  • Dynamics and Communication Challenges of Working in Mental Health Settings
  • Mental Healthcare System in Canada: Who are the Practitioners, Specialists and Agencies
  • Mental Illness: Categories, Diagnoses and Treatments
  • Pharmaceuticals and other Medications
  • Cultural Issues Affecting Mental Health and the Mental Health Interview
  • Models of Inter-cultural Communication
  • Understanding the Terminology of Mental Health and Illness
  • Trauma, Secondary Trauma and Interpreter Self-care
  • Expert Guest Instructors and Presenters
  • Student Manual included