Mental health interpreting is an important subset of study, since the issues encountered intersect with both medical and legal interpreting theory, practice and Code of Ethics. It involves complex and intimate interpersonal communication with individuals who may act, speak or think in unusual ways, and there are laws that may require the interpreter to break confidentiality or intervene. Surprisingly enough, mental health interpreting issues have not been properly studied or researched, and are scarcely mentioned in even the most prominent medical publications, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used by clinicians to diagnose mental disorders. Even within the interpreting community, as of this publication, there are no official positions in the United States on the role of the interpreter or code of ethics in Mental Health.The objective of this book is to help interpreters build upon their expertise and prepare themselves to better interpret in the mental health field.
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