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Working with interpreters 

Working with interpreters
Working with interpreters

Rachel Tribe

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date: 07 May 2021

Psychiatrists will come into contact with service users who do not use English or the language of the country to which they have migrated. The professional responsibilities of all mental health professionals carry an obligation to serve all members of our communities equitably and impartially; this will include people who have migrated and are not fluent in the language of their chosen country of migration. Working with interpreters and cultural brokers can be an enriching and informative experience for psychiatrists, which can lead to the development of new knowledge. This is in addition to the challenging of what may be taken-for-granted knowledge, as well as the development of additional skills and ways of thinking about mental health. Interpreters and cultural brokers can, in addition to translating the language, explain relevant cultural factors, which are important to the clinical work and the meaning-making of service users and gain additional perspectives.

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