2016 efsli Winter School – Interpreting in Mental Health Settings

2016 efsli Winter School

from 11th to 13th November 2016 

“Interpreting in Mental Health Settings”


In cooperation with 

the Croatian Association of  Sign Language Interpreters





Frequently asked questions

  1)   What is the 2016 efsli Winter school about?

This training will assist individuals in understanding the variety of work within the area of mental health, and the differing goals and values across the sector. Covering Psychiatric care, Counseling, and other areas such as substance abuse and sexual violence, the aim of this training is for participants to feel more informed and confident in their work, and have the necessary strategies to cope with the challenges of working in this specialised area.
A variety of teaching methods will be used, such as presentations, group discussion, pairs activities and role play with a mixture of resources:  videos, (English or BSL with Subtitles) Clinician’s handbooks, Case Studies, Journal articles, clinical assessment forms, and other materials for warm up activities.


Address of the training venue

Local Deaf Club

Viktora cara Emina 9, 51000 Rijeka

Instructions – how to get to Rijeka: efsli-winter-school-2016-how-to-get-to-rijeka


Training Schedule

The course will be held will in Rijeka (Croatia) from11th to 13th November 2016. The training schedule is as follows:

Friday              11th November                       from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Saturday          12th November                       from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday            13th November                      from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm



Your place on the course will be confirmed by email.

Please do not book your accommodation or flight until your place on the course has been confirmed. Or if you do so, it will be at your own risk.

Selection of participants will be made according to the “first come, first served” system.

Training will take place if the required minimum number of participants has registered.


2) Who is our trainer?

Our trainer will be Yvonne Waddell (Scotland)
Yvonne qualified as a BSL/English Interpreter in 2010, have managed CPD training events for qualified interpreters, and have been teaching at Heriot Watt University on the British Sign Language (Interpreting, Translating and Applied Language Studies) MA degree. She holds a Masters in BSL/English Interpreting Studies, and she is currently in the last year of Doctoral study at Heriot Watt University. Throughout her studies, she has continued to practice as a BSL/English Interpreter, and to mentor trainee interpreters. She is currently the interpreter coordinator for Scottish Government’s National Advisory Group on the BSL (Scotland) Act.
As an experienced mental health interpreter, she decided to focus her PhD research within that area. Her study focuses on the therapeutic relationship within the interpreted interaction, between mental health nurses, Deaf patients, and Sign language interpreters. She was the designated interpreter for The Scottish Mental Health Service for Deaf People, Scotland’s only national specialist service for Deaf people and she continues to work in mental health settings as a community interpreter.
She enjoys delivering training to her fellow interpreters, and to be able to share her research and knowledge in this area, to support them to improve their practice.

A draft programme can be found here: draft-training-programme-by-yvonne-waddell


3)   Communication at the 2016 efsli Winter School

International Sign and spoken English.

IS/English interpretation will be provided.

Correspondence with efsli and official documents will be in English.


4)   Who can register?

Sign language interpreters interested in this topic. Medical professionals working with SL interpreters are also welcome.


5)   How do I register?

Registration is online at:



6) How much does it cost?

The registration fee includes tuition, coffee breaks and course material. Participants will have to arrange for their own accommodation and travel.

Payments must be made the same day of registration. If not, your registration is not valid.

Please email a copy of the proof of your payment to the efsli back office. If you have difficulties when making your payment, please immediately contact the efsli secretariat at admin@efsli.org

Registration fees – SPECIAL OFFER

  • efsli individual members 100,00 euros
  • non efsli individual members 200,00 euros
  • SLI students* 50,00 euros

* students status: being able to provide a university student ID or statement of student status from the vocational training they are attending. Age: under the age of 26.

Individual membership is open to Sign Language Interpreters within Europe and other interested persons who subscribe to the aim and objectives of efsli.

Sign language interpreters who are members of National Associations (full members of efsli) are not automatically individual efsli members. You can become an individual member here: https://www.efsli.org/efslishop/MembershipRenewal/_Select_.htm


Payment can be made either by PayPal (Choose your option and click on the PayPal button to pay):


efsli Winter School 2016


or by bank transfer (please remember you must include bank charges when paying).

efsli’s bank details: BNP Parisbas, Belgium BIC: GEBABEBB

IBAN: BE71 290015049569

Account number: 290 – 0150495 – 69

EFSLI (European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters)

7) I want to cancel my registration. Can I get a refund?

Please be advised that if you wish to cancel your registration then the following cancellation policy applies.

If your cancellation is received:

  •  after 6th November:  no refund

Changes in registration: 50 Euro (it will be applied if you decide not to cancel your registration but send someone else instead of you).

Cancellations must be sent by email to admin@efsli.org and need to be officially confirmed by efsli.

8)   Do you still need further information?

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact efsli at: team@efsli.org

 Looking forward to welcoming you in Rijeka!