Service-users’ experiences of interpreters in psychological therapy: a pilot study

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Costa, Beverley and Briggs, S. 2014. Service-users’ experiences of interpreters in psychological therapy: a pilot study. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care. 10 (4), pp. 231-244.
AuthorsCosta, Beverley and Briggs, S.
Abstract

Purpose
– Working across languages is playing an increasingly important role in the delivery of mental health services, notably through psychotherapy and psychological therapies. Growing awareness of the complex processes that ensue in working across languages, including the presence and role of an interpreter, is generating new conceptualisations of practice, but there is a need now to evidence how these impact on service users. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach
– This paper discusses the model for working with interpretation developed by Mothertongue multi-ethnic counselling service, which conceptualises the therapeutic process as working within triangular relationships consisting of service user, therapist and interpreter. Second, the paper discusses the qualitative, practice-near methods applied in, and findings from a pilot study to evaluate the interpreter's role.

Findings
– Three patterns of response to interpreters were identified: negative impacts on the therapy, the interpreter as conduit for therapy and the therapist and interpreter jointly demonstrating a shared enterprise. It is concluded that the method and findings of the pilot justify a larger study that will further evaluate the experiences of service users and continue to develop and test conceptualisations for best practice.

Originality/value
– Working across languages is now recognised as an increasingly important aspect of therapy in contexts where migration has created new demographics. This paper contributes to the discussion of working therapeutically with people with mental health difficulties across languages. Its originality lies, first, in the discussion of a new clinical approach to working with interpreters, and second in the methods used to access the views of service users about their experiences of interpreters.

JournalInternational Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care
Journal citation10 (4), pp. 231-244
ISSN1747-9894
Year2014
PublisherEmerald
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-NC-ND
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJMHSC-12-2013-0044
Publication dates
Print01 Dec 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited15 Sep 2015
Accepted01 Dec 2014
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