I recently presented about DPSI Online at the Critical Link 8 Conference organised by Heriot-Watt University on June 29-July 1, titled Future-proofing Interpreting and Translating.
Attending conferences is always a professionally rewarding time, but this conference in particular was a pleasant surprise, as I saw so many presentations talking more and more about online and remote interpreting training which was received with a lot more welcoming nods than 7 years ago when I started teaching our online courses.
This year’s Critical Link focused on specific challenges such as dealing with asylum seekers and particularly on issues related to victims, children and vulnerable witnesses in the legal domain, as well as on gender-based violence and issues in the mental health care sector in particular. The presentations came from far afield, including countries such as Japan and Australia. I saw how creative course providers are becoming with e-learning platforms such as Moodle. One course in particular caught my attention, Medical Interpreter Training at Juntendo University in Japan, as it offers complete anatomy training that definitely benefits all their medical interpreter students.
I would like to urge all our current and past students to attend professional conferences. The knowledge shared is certain to benefit most professional interpreters and incite those who are not yet qualified to develop their skills.
Seeing what our counterparts are doing abroad should also alert course providers in the UK to always keep improving their interpreter training provision. There was a lot of food for thought in Edinburgh and I look forward to Critical Link 9.