Mind your language: working with interpreters in healthcare settings and therapeutic encounters

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Tribe, R. and Tunariu, A. 2009. Mind your language: working with interpreters in healthcare settings and therapeutic encounters. Sexual and Relationship Therapy. 24 (1), pp. 74-84.
AuthorsTribe, R. and Tunariu, A.
Abstract

The National Health Service and specialist agencies within the UK are striving to
ensure that they offer services that are inclusive, accessible and appropriate to all
users seeking their services. As such, language interpreters will be required to
work alongside health professionals to ensure that service users who are not fluent
in the English language can gain full access to health and therapeutic provisions.
In addition to reasons of governance, equity of service provision and national
legislation there are also sound clinical practice reasons with respect to facilitating
work with interpreters. Language is not merely a neutral, descriptive medium but
has an active role in shaping and constructing how people view and experience
the world. The range of meaning-making possibilities that lay or professional
language opens up is always already greatly indebted to the speaker’s local culture
and has particular relevance in the therapeutic encounter. Working with an
interpreter can be a challenging but enriching experience. The benefits of working
in close partnership with an interpreter are discussed both at generic level when
working as a therapist/clinician in any adult mental health setting and, more
specifically, when working with sex and relationships problems using clinical
material as illustrations.

JournalSexual and Relationship Therapy
Journal citation24 (1), pp. 74-84
ISSN1468-1749
1468-1994
Year2009
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14681990802666023
Publication dates
Print21 Feb 2009
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Deposited06 Nov 2014
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sexual and Relationship Therapy on 21 Febrary 2009, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14681990802666023.
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