Mental Health Interpreting: A Specialized Field

  • 01 Jan 2024
  • 13 Jun 2025
  • On Demand Webinar, Free to members


  • Recorded for "CHIA Saturday Webinar Series" August, 2023.


Celebration of Dr. Eva Stitt (1964-2023)

To celebrate Dr. Stitt's contribution to the interpreting profession we would like to share her recent presentation CHIA recorded as part of our CHIA Saturday Webinar Series on Saturday August 12, 2023. We hope that our members may come to experience the talent and warmth of a generous and dedicated professional.

Dr. Eva Stitt served in public, private, and non-profit sectors here and abroad as a graduate school professor, guidance director, school counselor, human resource officer, community organizer, program coordinator, or nurse. Her interests were focused on education, mental health, and language access. She has presented workshops and research papers in national and international conferences. She developed several psychological assessments and curriculum materials to support individual’s work ability, college assessment tests, literacy, community-based intervention, and language access for refugees and limited English proficient populations. She also sat on several public and non-profit advisory boards, and worked with multi-sectoral groups to develop, implement, and evaluate programs to foster intercultural understanding, promote language access, and strengthen professional collaboration.

CEUs: IMIA/NBCMI 0.1500 (5/2025), RID (7/2024), DSHS approval: # 741, General Credits: 1.50, and CCHI 1.5 CE Hour CEAP (5/2025) approved. CEUs are available by participating in the entire activity only (usually 90 minutes). 

Cost: Free for CHIA members.       


This session explores the uniqueness of mental health interpreting as a separate and distinct field of interpreting. It will present qualitative outcomes from the training of interpreters using the Behavioral Health Interpreting Curriculum in the Clinical Settings. There will be an interactive discussion about the challenges of communicating with limited English proficient refugees diagnosed with mental health disorders and sharing of best practice strategies to reduce stigma and secondary trauma due to exposure in highly sensitive and traumatic cases. 


  • Familiarize with the uniqueness of interpreting in mental health settings, so they can build on their strengths and become better communicators.
  • Share best practice strategies from the outcomes of behavioral health interpreter training in clinical settings.
  • Gain insights on how to effectively promote self-care and prevent secondary trauma.              


Platform: CHIA's Educational Hub, our online library. NOTE: Once you register, you will automatically receive an email with the Hub link. Be sure to check your spam/junk/clutter folder if you do not find it in your inbox. You will be given 30 days to download your certificate after watching the full webinar. 


Presented in English. The content will apply to both spoken and sign language. Presenters may draw on examples using multiple languages as relevant to their content and working language/s.

Training level: 

CHIA webinars are aimed at the working interpreter and applicable to all levels. While students are welcomed to attend all CHIA events, CHIA events are not specifically designed for interpreting students unless indicated.  


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