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APP conference aims for better working between interpreters and psychotherapists

Interpreters are being invited to attend a conference that will explore how they can work better with psychotherapists in the NHS.

Photo credit: Grim23 at English WikipediaThe Interpreter, the Patient and the Professional is being hosted by the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS (APP) and takes place in London in November.

Interpreters will be charged only £20 to attend the one-day event, which costs £65 for medical practitioners.

Speakers will include Dr Beverley Costa, the psychotherapist and founder of Reading-based multi-ethnic counselling service Mothertongue; Jungian analyst and psychotherapist Dr Ali Zarbafi, a founder member of the Multi-lingual Psychotherapy Centre in London; and Clarisa Carvalho, head of interpreting services at Freedom from Torture.

A flyer advertising the event said: ‘In a strapped NHS, many doctors, nurses and psychotherapists find themselves cutting corners when it comes to seeing patients who do not speak English adequately.

‘The use of interpreting services by telephone or professional interpreters in person, when time is precious, can be cumbersome or costly in a crisis-driven NHS system.

‘Through key speakers, breakout groups and workshops, we will discuss the ways in which the complexity of working through an interpreter is key to understanding the patient and promoting good practice.’

Carvalho said: ‘The target audience is in particular clinical staff attached to GP practices, including doctors, counsellors, midwives, nurses, etc.

‘We would like as many interpreters as possible to attend, otherwise clinical practitioners will be discussing things among themselves and the conference will lose purpose.’

The event will take place at the Arlington Conference Centre in Camden (pictured) on 23 November. For more information or to make a booking, please email Janaki Hemaratne at .

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