autumn school 2015 sexual violence

Interpreting sensitively and effectively with victims of sexual violence

Dublin, Ireland (27-29 November)

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In cooperation with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre | Hosted by Trinity College Dublin


Registration deadline

Postponed deadline: 20 November

Places limited. Register soon!


Who are the trainers?

Leonie O’Dowd and Jane Baird, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Education and Training Department.

This efsli school will be delivered by Leonie O’Dowd, Head of Education and Training and Jane Baird, Education Executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Education and Training Department. DRCC develops and delivers tailored training programmes for those providing services and supports to people who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence. DRCC has provided training programmes for ISL (Irish Sign Language)  interpreters in the past, and has published a Handbook for community interpreters ‘Interpreting in Situations of Sexual Violence and other Trauma’. Leonie has worked with DRCC for 16 years and is an accredited psychotherapist with specialist training in the treatment of trauma. Jane has worked with DRCC for 7 years. She is also an accredited psychotherapist, and has considerable experience of working and training in the area of disability.


Programme outline

This training programme is designed to prepare deaf and hearing interpreters to work with victims of sexual violence including in their interaction with the legal process. It provides an opportunity to consider the beliefs that exist in society in relation to sexual violence and how they are internalised by and impact upon the victim. Participants will learn about the impact of childhood abuse and of rape and sexual assault. The legal process and its impact on the victim who reports is explored, and issues which arise for the interpreter. The principles and ethics of interpreting are considered in relation to working within this context. Some guidelines are provided regarding interpreting in a counselling situation.

The training approach is participative and experiential. Methods used include group discussion, lecture, case studies, videos, and experiential exercises. The training approach is invitational, with the sensitive nature of the issues being covered and the fact that they may resonate for participants acknowledged. Participation is encouraged but without pressure. There is a strong focus on the impact on the interpreter of working with these issues, the potential for vicarious traumatisation, and strategies the interpreter can employ for self care.


Special discount for efsli Autumn schools 2015

This Autumn three efsli schools are scheduled:

  • Interpreting for the Deafblind (Stockholm, 25-27 September)- registration deadline 15th September
  • Interpreting in educational settings (Antwerp, 23-25 October)
  • Interpreting with victims of sexual violence (Dublin, 27-29 November)

Those participants registered for more than one of these schools will receive a 10 % discount in each one. As soon as the two schools the participants are registered for are confirmed (i.e. when the minimum of registered participants is reached), efsli will reimburse 10% of the registration fee of each school to those that had registered in two or more schools.


Training venue

Training will take place in Trinity College Dublin

Further details will be posted on the next weeks



Friday 27th November from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Saturday 28th November from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday 29th November from 9:00 am to 12:00 am



Your place on the course will be confirmed by email at the latest by 26th October

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.


Communication at efsli school o educational settings

The trainers will use English

English/International Sign Interpretation services will be provided.

Correspondence with efsli and official documents will be in English.


How much does it cost?

The registration fee includes tuition, interpreting services, 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 secretariat. If you have difficulties when making your payment, please immediately contact the efsli secretariat at

Registration (+ payment) deadline is 20th September:

efsli individual member (GDP* up to 20.000 €) 180,00 euros
efsli individual member (GDP exceeding 20.000 €) 280,00 euros
non efsli member (GDP up to 20.000 €) 360,00 euros
non efsli member (GDP exceeding 20.000 €) 560,00 euros
*GDP = Gross Domestic Product of the country

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Individual membership is open to sign language lnterpreters 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:

efsli school 2015 Dublin, Ireland

Who can register?

Deaf and hearing sign language interpreters interested in this topic.


How do I register?

Registration is online: Click here

Please take note that you need to register online and make your payment at the same time.

Payment can be made either by PayPal (click on the PayPal button on this page to pay):


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

Cancellations must be send by email to and need to be confirmed by efsli. Please contact the training department for further details.

If your cancellation is received:

Before 25th October: 50% refund minus bank transfer fee

after 25th Octobmber: no refund

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


Do you still need further information?

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact efsli at: