A training program to increase collaboration between interpreter and therapists in psychotherapy with resettled refugees.
Keywords:Collaborative training; community-academic partnerships; Interpreter-mediated therapy; Therapy with resettled refugees
Drawing from the framework of community-academic partnerships, we describe the development and implementation of a training module to increase collaboration between interpreters and therapists in interpreter-mediated psychotherapy with refugees. Beginning with community engagement with local agencies and leaders to identify barriers to accessing psychotherapy services in the resettled refugee populations, this project involved multiple layers of collaboration to include multiple perspectives. The program was funded by a local community foundation and was implemented in three phases. In the first phase we identified key community partners and stakeholders with first-hand knowledge of the needs of refugee populations. Phase two involved a two-day workshop for student therapists from different disciplines and interpreters working in the field. Phase three included a follow up to re-assess challenges in the field and refine our training. The need to build early collaboration between therapists and interpreters was highlighted throughout the development and implementation of the project. We discuss the project’s impact, challenges encountered, and implications of lessons learned in developing community-engaged partnerships for graduate programs as a way of promoting social justice in practitioner training.
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