6th World Congress on Mental Health and Deafness
Riddel Hall, Queen's University Belfast

16-19 September 2014
Pathways to Rights

Interpreters Day

Tuesday 16th September 2014

10.30am to 4.00pm

As part of this years congress we are facilitating a unique opportunity for interpreters who work within mental health and deafness to come together and discuss themes that are common throughout the world.  The language for the day will be spoken English.

Structure for the day will include:

To set the context for the day, we would like each interpreter / interpreter group to give a 10/15 minute overview of the following points in relation to your country; how mental health services for deaf children and adults are set up, funding for interpreters, models of interpreting that are adopted, interpreting structures i.e. practice, registration, training and other requirements. 

Discussion about best practice guidelines for working in mental health.
Supervision models.
In the afternoon, we propose dividing into two groups; adults and children, depending upon the numbers of interpreters attending.
Future for interpreters working in mental health across the world – how can we join up?  Do we want to meet like this again at future congress’s / conferences?  Should we have our own special interest group SIG?

We would like to make sure that we cover the points for discussion for everyone, therefore could you complete the survey using the link below.


There is no charge for the day, refreshments are provided.  However, we will need to buy our own lunch.

Don’t forget this day can count towards your structured hours for continuing professional development.

If you have any questions please contact: v.ackroyd@nhs.net

Organising Committee

Brian Symington, MBE. President.

Dr. Ines Sleeboom-van Raaij.  Co-President/ESMHD President.

Dr. Margaret du Feu,  OBE. Chair of Scientific Committee.

Renata Sarmento. Manager.

Scientific Committee

Dr. Margaret du Feu, Ireland, Chair
Dr. Ines Sleeboom-van Raaij, The Netherlands
Dr. María Gascón-Ramos, UK
Dr. Tiejo van Gent, The Netherlands
Dr. Johannes Fellinger, Austria
Dr. Otilia Rodrigues, Australia
Ana García García, Spain
Dr. Cathy Chovaz, Canadá
Dr. Benito Estrada, México
Dr. Lauri Rush, USA
Dr. Robert Pollard, USA
Professor Marleen Jansen, The Netherlands
Dr. Maria Cecilia Moura, Brazil
Dr. Katherine Rogers, UK
Dr. Joanna Kobosko, Poland

Contact Us

Please contact the organisers of WCMHD 2014 at:


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