Connect Interpreting is pleased to present this learning opportunity for qualified interpreters. This session is designed to be an overview for interpreters new to this specialised area (although interpreters with experience in the field are also welcome). As part of a decade long and ongoing commitment to the provision of specialist interpreting services in mental health, Connect intends to follow up with a more in-depth training programme later in the year. This preliminary session will provide an opportunity for those without experience interpreting in this area to gain some insight and understanding, and so be better informed as to whether they wish to pursue the more in-depth training later.

The introduction will be presented and facilitated by Darrel Firth. Darrel qualified as an NZSL interpreter at AUT in 2004, and a large part of his work since then has been in the specialised area of mental health interpreting. This has mainly been in the UK, where he is also qualified as a BSL interpreter, working regularly for the National Deaf Services (a specialist inpatient/outpatient mental health service for deaf people) based in South West London.