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Professional Identity and Ethics
in Mental Health Settings

Saturday 27 October 2018


Dear Firstname

We would start with the great variety of interpreting situations we have probably encountered and how they compare, then we would emphasise the importance of a professional identity and it’s relation to ethics.

What do healthcare professionals in mental health settings may expect of interpreters in maintaining a professional role?

This is an interactive workshop and we hope that you would be willing to share your personal experiences that may have challenged that professionalism.

Dr. Sochan would illustrate how depression, psychosis and post traumatic stress disorder can affect interpreting situations.

Notes On The Speakers:

Dr Christopher Sochan has been working in Psychiatry since1975. His first experience of working with interpreters was in 1972. Dr Sochan's father-in-law was an interpreter. He is monolingual with some experience in languages. He has been working in private practice since 1991.

He currently works as a senior consultant psychiatrist in STARTTS since 1992 and followed a trip to USA where he was offered a teaching role in helping to set up a rudimentary psychiatric service for Cambodians. There, he learnt about confidentiality and privacy and working alongside an American Cambodian as his language facilitator and co-teacher. The experience had a powerful effect on him especially realising the influence of culture in what he was going to experience in years to come.

The reason he now works for STARTTS is to see if psychotherapy was possible across cultures and when you don’t share language. he has also had some association as a teacher at the institute of Psychiatry.

PD Logbook:

Level: Advanced | Points: 10 points | Logbook Section: 2.20

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Student non-members discount is no longer available; if you are not an AUSIT student member you must register at the full non-member rate.



Saturday 27 October 2018
9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW 2000


AUSIT / ASLIA Members: $45
Non-members: $90
AUSIT Student Members: $25
Student non-members: $45



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