2018 neRID Conference – Level Up! – Reflective Practice: Practical Application of Models of Ethical Decision Making

Friday, September 28 6:00 – 9:00 PM

The RID Code of Professional Conduct guides the practice of interpreting. This workshop
addresses tenets (2) and (3) regarding interpreter skills, knowledge and conduct by presenting
two current models for ethical decision-making and having interpreters work through some
of their own experiences in light of ethical practices. Demand Control Schema (DC-S) is a
framework for analyzing and understanding the work of interpreting beyond working between
two languages. It takes into account the setting, skills and experience an interpreter brings
to an interpreting situation. It can be used as a pre-assignment analysis tool to determine
appropriateness of fit or as a post-assignment reflective analysis. Role Space is an emerging
paradigm in the field of interpreting. It argues that “role” is an ineffective construct for
interpreters because, if you step out of your role, where are you? This paradigm encourages
interpreters to consider their actions in interpreted situations from the perspective of autonomy
and alignment. It goes hand-in-hand with DC-S as a way of understanding the complexities
of interpreting situations. This workshop will explore these two paradigms, and participants will
actively discuss experiences they have had in light of these paradigms. Participants will also
view a Street Leverage article authored by a Deaf consumer of interpreter services in order to
reflect on ethical decision-making about assignment selection.

Deb Cates, Presenter