Challenges of mental health interpreting when working with deaf patients

Andy Cornes*, Jemina Napier

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Objective: The aim of this present paper is to highlight some of the issues faced by therapists and sign language interpreters when working with deaf patients. Conclusions: Key issues include linguistic, interpreting and role challenges, and potential threats to the therapeutic alliance. Recommendations are made in relation to preparation strategies and training for sign language interpreters and therapists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-407
Number of pages5
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005



  • Deafness
  • Interpreting
  • Sign language
  • Therapy

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