BSL Interpreted Webinar: Working with Deaf Professionals - Power & Privilege

Presented by Caron Wolfenden, Interpreted by David Wolfenden | taught by Caron Wolfenden

Course description

Based on research from 2010, Caron Wolfenden will explore the highs and lows of working with Deaf professionals.  Looking at a variety of settings, Caron will discuss the interpersonal and intrapersonal dynamics around working with clients in their professional domains and how we can seek to have positive working relationships.  After all, we all want to enjoy our work, don't we?

Caron Wolfenden first researched this topic with Helen Gillespie, a Deaf social worker, and they presented their findings at the ASLI conference in 2010.  Caron is a sign language interpreter with over 20 years of experience working in London and Devon, both in community and professional settings.  Caron trains, assesses, mentors and supervises interpreters and is constantly seeking ways to make our work open for discussion.  She says "We learn from our mistakes and my increasing years have led me to believe that the only way we can successfully work is to ensure our reflective practice never ceases.  Only by talking about our work as interpreters can we be held accountable and ultimately find satisfaction and a sense of confidence"

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the webinar learners should:

  • Have an understanding of power in relationships 
  • Have gained a knowledge of how contracts feature within our client relationships 
  • Be able to identify stress in our client relationships (transference, countertransference, inter/intra personal)
  • Have a criteria for assessing if you are the right person for the job
  • Understand why supervision is important
Caron Wolfenden
Caron Wolfenden

Caron is a sign language interpreter with over 20 years of experience working in London and Devon, both in community and professional settings.

Caron qualified as an interpreter in 2002 and is a qualified A1 assessor.  Caron trains, assesses, mentors and supervises interpreters and is constantly seeking ways to make our work open for discussion.

Caron says: “I have experience interpreting in community settings and working with Deaf professionals, have presented and been published at national and international conferences, train interpreters and have supervision skills, so a bit of a mixed bag – but that’s what comes of getting older! At the heart of what I do and believe is a sense of social justice and equality. I strongly believe we need to work with both Deaf and hearing professionals to promote the rights of any individual and our ethical reasoning is key to the promotion of our profession. I am a proponent of the practice professional model and see that as key to our success. Aside from that I live in glorious countryside with my fab hubby and cats – have found myself quite liking running as well as practicing yoga and love a good read in front of our wood burner. A nice glass of wine with friends goes down quite well too:)”

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