"Therapists and Interpreters Working Together with Forced Migrant Clients”
Intercultural Counseling Connection clinical training workshop, presented in collaboration with Inspirit Counseling Services and Cross-Cultural Communications
Date: Friday, December 8th, 2023
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Intercultural Counseling Connection, 4500 Frankford Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21206
Workshop Description: This in-person training brings together mental health providers and interpreters in a joint learning experience, focused on strengthening their collaborative skills in therapy sessions with culturally diverse forced migrant clients (asylum seekers, asylees and refugees). Through video excerpts, role plays, and a variety of interactive methods, participants explore the nature of the “therapeutic triad” and gain practical competence in ensuring ethical standards, safety, transparency, and an environment of trust. Participants will engage in experiential activities that help them implement good practices and address challenges in working through interpretation in cross-cultural therapeutic settings.
Carola Morton is a federally certified English/Spanish court interpreter, language services consultant, interpreter trainer and test developer, with more than 25 years’ experience in professional interpreting in the legal and medical fields. She has extensive experience in developing interpreter training curricula and training interpreters, and is a licensed trainer for The Community Interpreter® International. Carola has co-authored interpreter training curricula including Healing Voices: Interpreting for Survivors of Torture, War Trauma and Sexual Violence, and Ayuda’s Breaking Silence: Interpreting for Victim Services, featuring a workbook, glossary and training manual.
Andrea Rackowski (LCSW-C, PhD), Clinical Director at the Intercultural Counseling Connection, has extensive experience working with forced migrant survivors of torture and conflict-related trauma. She provides specialized consultation for therapists within the program’s pro bono provider network, is certified in nature-informed therapy, and is a certified social work supervisor in Maryland. Andrea has a background in linguistics, and is a fluent French speaker. She has worked with interpreters within therapeutic and other contexts, including as the volunteer interpreter coordinator at Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (ASTT).