Understanding Mental Health Interpreting
LATN works with mental health interpreters who are adept at all types of sign language modalities, and we take extreme care to match the most appropriate sign language interpreter to the mental health situation at hand. Such factors as the subject’s culture, gender, religious affiliation and sexual orientation are considered, as well as the type of mental health session (e.g., family therapy, group or individual) being conducted, its location and the severity of the mental health issue.
Our mental health interpreters are attuned to subtle nuances in communication that may be significant to a clinician in determining the subject’s correct diagnosis and treatment. It is extremely important that sign interpreting not mask language deficits of patients, because language usage is a primary means by which clinicians make inferences about mental processes.
LATN sign language interpreters always apply best practices, including strict adherence to the Code of Professional Conduct established by the National Association of the Deaf and RID and will request to be assisted by a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) if called for by the situation.