Upcoming Events 2021

  • Saturday 2nd October from 10am via Zoom: Professional development (Central North Island (interpreter) Squad)

A facilitated discussion about assertiveness in our work as interpreters, followed by a presentation about Connect services in the regions.


Past Events

  • Saturday 18th September, 2021. Interpreting driving lessons!

Lynx hosted a PD session by Zoom for Connect contracted interpreters, sharing her knowledge and experience both of driving instruction and of interpreting for driving lessons.

  • Thursday 2nd September, 2021. A conversation about Connect (for Connect contracted Interpreters)

Connect (and AIMS) turned 18 in May, which coincides with entering a new phase of our services. Dan facilitated a Zoom discussion about how Connect can develop and grow, and what interpreters need from Connect in terms of interpreter service, careers and dreams.

A majority of respondents to a 2020 survey of NZSL interpreters agreed that benefits of group supervision included, among other things:

    • a reduction in the feelings of isolation;
    • helps with feeling supported in general;
    • reduces stress and vicarious trauma;
    • increases resilience;
    • helps to find strategies and to make decisions when ’stuck’;
    • helps to keep developing and improving interpreter practice.
  • 20th & 21st May, 2021. Webinar: Training for interpreters in mental health settings for Deaf people

Eight Connect interpreters were sponsored by Connect to attend a ten-hour, online webinar organised by the European Society for Mental Health and Deafness, titled “Training for interpreters in mental health settings for Deaf people”. This intensive two-day webinar included: a presentation by interpreters and psychologists working in the UK; ethical issues; interpreter roles and responsibilities; strategies; collaboration with professionals – and much more. It was followed up on 31st May with a Zoom discussion and debrief for all the Connect participants.

  • 22nd April, 2021. Presentation: Assertiveness for Interpreters

Lynx and Louise facilitated a very successful two-hour presentation on assertiveness for 20 interpreters and interpreter students. There were some very thoughtful and lively discussions on what assertiveness means, the challenges we face in being assertive, our ethics and values and some simple formulae that we can practice in our work.

2020


  • Saturday 29th August 2020. Connect was delighted to be able to offer Group Supervision to a small group of regional interpreters.
  • Thursday 30th July 2020. Our second face to face Group Supervision of 2020.
  • Tuesday 16th and Monday 29th June 2020. Connect offered a 3 hour Linguist PD session on Legal Interpreting to a limited number of Connect interpreters who are either already interpreting in legal settings, or are keen to do so.

The PD was actually held over two evenings, to allow for discussions while watching the presentation. The presentation focused on four main areas: 1) understanding the consequences of interpreter errors in legal settings; 2) how to deal with interpreting errors in legal settings; 3) strategies to deal with interpreting dilemmas in legal settings; 4) how to gain more confidence in being able to accept legal assignments.

  • Saturday 30th May 2020: Connect PD: Group Supervision Online

One of the benefits of Covid-19 and lockdown has been the increased familiarity with using Zoom and other online platforms, both for interpreting and professional development. Lynx facilitated a successful, 2 hour supervision session via Zoom for several interpreters; Connect is committed to continuing group supervision online, especially for those who can’t readily access face to face supervision.

  • Saturday 6th June 2020: Connect PD: Mindfulness Session

Tamsin Norman presented a three hour mindfulness session for eleven Connect interpreters. We thought this was a timely intervention, given the unprecedented times of the last three months; interpreting is stressful enough without the added stress of a global pandemic! Tamsin presented about the different brain states, and how mindfulness can help with creating the state that we want to be in at any one time. She also explained how our emotions impact on our physiology and behaviour, and how we can process them in healthy ways. She offered practical exercises to help us explore these concepts, and to help us discover insights from a neuroscience perspective.

  • Online Zoom Tutorials, April 2020

Julia Freeman and Kimberley Olivecrona, two of Connect’s core interpreters and past interns, presented three sessions on interpreting via Zoom; two sessions sponsored by Connect, and one sponsored by SLIANZ. 

2019


An incentive for interpreters to seek out a more comprehensive, ongoing study of Te Reo and Tikanga Maori, so that this PD isn’t just a token gesture. Interpreters are encountering more and more use of Te Reo in a variety of settings; it is no longer acceptable for language specialists such as ourselves, to ignore the challenge. We are also planning to have a short section at the beginning of all future PD sessions to practice some aspect of Te Reo.

  • Thursday August 29th 2019Peer Supervision (Auckland)
  • Wednesday 31st July 2019, Connect Protocols: ‘Tips and Tricks’ Update (for Connect contractors only)

An ‘in house’ training evening for interpreters contracted to Connect. This was an update on Connect processes, the ’tips and tricks’ that interpreters need to know from requests and bookings to sending invoices. Everyone working from the same page ensures a smoother running of the service overall, benefitting clients, our schedulers, and of course interpreters.

This month Rachel Coppage kindly agreed to co-facilitate with Lynx; the session focus initially on dealing with stress and trauma as a result of the Christchurch terror attacks.

  • Thursday 28th March 2019, Connect PD: Health and Safety

As interpreters we need to be mindful of health and safety issues. We often work in areas where there could be some risk to ourselves; for example, infections from medical settings, hazards in workplace environments, unpredictable behaviour in legal or mental health settings. How can we mitigate these risks? This session included a presentation as well as time for brainstorming and discussion.

2018


Self care is a term that has become more popular over recent years, but what does it actually mean for us as interpreters? Julia and Kimberley led a session that allowed participants to reflect on the importance of your self care practice, and to take away tools and resources to help you improve your self care practice in their personal and professional lives.

Connect warmly invited interpreters to a mid-winter event to celebrate 15 years of continuous provision of interpreting services to the NZ Deaf community.

2017


  • 24th-26th November 2017, AUT ‘Signs of Professionalism‘ Conference, AUT City Campus Auckland. A conference reflecting on 25 years of NZSL interpreting, teaching, and development.
  • Tuesday October 24th 2017, Connect PD:“Getting along: managing Self and Other”

How do we reconcile difficult personal feelings like bias, indignation and hurt in order to work more effectively and enjoy healthier professional relationships? Having spent 5 weeks interpreting day and night with a small film crew in PNG, Leila discussed potential strategies for emotional resilience while negotiating the various interpersonal/intra-personal demands of intense contact time with clients and how this might apply to everyday life.

  • Thursday 21st September 2017, Connect PD: “Teaming” Part 2
  • Tuesday 22nd August 2017, Connect PD: “How to keep ourselves safe”
  • Thursday 20th July 2017, Peer Supervision (Auckland)
  • Thursday 22nd June 2017, Connect PD: “Teaming” Part 1
  • Thursday 25th May 2017, Peer Supervision (Auckland)
  • Thursday 20th April 2017, Peer Supervision (Auckland) with a focus on Tertiary Interpreting.
  • Tuesday 21st March 2017, 6:30pm, Connect Protocols: ‘Tips and Tricks’ (for Connect contractors only); 7:30pm, Peer Supervision (Auckland)
  • Friday 17th February 2017, Dr. Debra Russell (President, WASLI), presentation at AUT.

2016


2015


2014


  • Connect Spring Workshop 2014: Connect PD: “Medical & Mental Health Interpreting with Nicholas Padden-Duncan (UK).
  • Wednesday October 15th 2014, Peer Supervision (Auckland).
  • Thursday September 25th 2014, Connect PD: Teaming Workshop”.
  • Wednesday August 20th 2014, Peer Supervision (Auckland).
  • Saturday August 9th 2014, Peer Supervision (Christchurch).
  • Wednesday June 25th 2014, Peer Supervision.
  • Wednesday May 21st 2014, Connect PD: Mental Health Overview: Introduction.
  • Thursday April 24th 2014, Peer Supervision.
  • Saturday April 12th 2014, Connect PD: Crisis intervention/de-escalation training”.
  • Wednesday March 26th 2014, Connect PD: “Call out training”.

2013


Led by Canadian speaker and Interpreter Educator, Karen Malcolm.