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Vicarious Trauma for Interpreters

This event has passed. Webinar Date: 28th October 2020, 5:00pm - 6:30pm


This webinar is FREE for students. Please email from your valid student email address for more information.

When we interpret, we often immerse ourselves in the client’s emotional world in order to convey what is meant by them. It may not occur to us this empathic engagement may create unexpected consequences. Many professions such us counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers listen to graphic descriptions of horrific events as part of their job. Research shows that, over time, these professionals may experience similar symptoms as their trauma clients, and further feel changes within themselves, and about the way they see the world. If this may happen to these professionals, there is no reason to assume that interpreters would be immune, given we work in the exact same setting as them. This webinar aims to increase our awareness of Vicarious Trauma and promote self-care.



Handouts discussed in this webinar will be provided in your confirmation email on purchase.

Topics Covered:

  • What is Vicarious Trauma

  • Why do interpreters need to be aware of Vicarious Trauma

  • Signs of Vicarious Trauma

  • Self-Care

Who would this be useful for?

Interpreters and Translators.


Learning Goals: After completing this event you will gain:

Knowledge of: 

  • What Vicarious Trauma is and how to look for its signs

Skills to:

  • Effective self-care strategies

Presented/Facilitated By:

Presented by: Dr Miranda Lai

Dr Miranda Lai is senior lecturer in Translating and Interpreting Studies at RMIT University. She has published widely in public service interpreting and its training. Her research interests include police interpreting, public service interpreting, and ethics for translators and interpreters. She is the co-author of Police Investigative Interviews and Interpreting: Context, Challenges, and Strategies and Ethics for Police Translators and Interpreters.




Facilitated by: Fatih Karakas, MSocSc(Trans&InterpSt)

Fatih Karakas is the Trainer and Training & PD Coordinator at All Graduates. He is also a lecturer in the Translating and Interpreting Program at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University where he also completed his Masters in Translation and Interpreting. He teaches both at Vocational and Higher Education levels and has delivered training in other states across the country for RMIT University and AUSIT. He is particularly interested in teaching interpreting skills as well as ethics and professionalism with a focus on providing non-language specific training via online Learning Management Systems. Fatih is also a NAATI certified interpreter and translator (Turkish-English) specialising in legal and healthcare interpreting. 


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A Certificate of Attendance will be issued after the webinar has passed and/or recording has been accessed. Participants will be eligible to 10 PD points towards recertification (Section 1.4 of NAATI Recertification PD Catalogue). Some webinars may attract PD points from multiple categories. Please choose the most appropriate category for your recertification.

The NAATI Recertification Catalogue can be downloaded via this link.



Online via GoToWebinar – any purchase includes access to the webinar recording, handout(s) and a certificate of completion.

  1. Participate in real time – submit live questions (Not Available)

  2. Watch on-demand – If you’ve registered but are unable to attend the live broadcast, you will be emailed a link to access the webinar recording the following day. (Not Available)

  3. Purchase from our on-demand page AFTER the live broadcast. (Available)

How to Register:

Step 1. Click on this link to access the event page.

Step 2. Click on the ‘Register' Button at the top right of the event.

Step 3. Complete your Attendee details including Name, Email and other details as required.

 NOTE: If you are an All Graduates Registered Interpreter or Translator, enter your unique ID into the 'All Graduates ID' for an exclusive $20 inc GST price. If you do NOT know your All Graduates ID, please contact All Graduates before completing your registration. If your ID cannot be verified, you will not be eligible for discounted rates where applicable.

Step 4. Review your Order Contact and Billing address. These are the details that will be listed on your tax invoice.

Step 5. Tick the checkbox to accept the terms and conditions.

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Step 7. On successful payment, you will receive 2 confirmation emails: With your Tax Invoice attached (1) and Event Instructions (2).

Step 8. You will also receive a confirmation email from GotoWebinar with instructions on how to join the webinar. For the best attendee experience, we recommend you join the live webinar on a computer or laptop device (this step is only applicable for live attendees).

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