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Reflective Practice and Self Awareness

Training Advocacy And Guidance Service

Friday, 28 November 2014 from 09:00 to 13:00 (GMT)

Reflective Practice and Self Awareness

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Reflective Practice & Self-Analysis


Aim and Content of the Course

Trainer: Helen Tagg

With CPD points an important part of interpreting life, how can we get the best use from our "unstructured hours" or when we are trying to reflect on an assignment that didn't go well or talking things over with colleagues? Often, such musings can go round in circles or can lead to simplistic decisions ("I just won't work with her again!"  "I knew I was right").

Here we look at providing interpreters with some of the professional structures to decision-making and to look at how to effectively reflect and also how to analyse our own interpreting, specifically from a video'd clip.

Outline/Agenda for the day

  • The morning focuses on Reflective Practice and keeping a Reflective Diary: what are these concepts, and how do they differ from just thinking things over on the drive home from work?
  •  What are the traps that can lead us into circular thinking and to self-justification without genuinely considering wider implications ... and so let's look at the wider implications!
  •  In the afternoon, you are invited to bring a clip of your own interpreting but if preferred we can provide you with a clip for analysis. You will be given two different frameworks for analysis and the opportunity to apply them to your or your colleague's or the tutor's clips.
  • By the end of the course you will have a clear understanding of how to get the best from a Reflective Diary and how to analyse your own interpreting in a distanced and structured way - leading to new opportunities to stretch your skills and meaning that future training/development will be more useful because you will understand your strengths and weaknesses more clearly.


Trainer Profile


Helen Tagg has over 10 years' experience of training and supporting interpreters and was one of the co-founders (now sole owner) of Sign Gecko which has created itself a reputation in delivering 'quality training for qualified interpreters'.

Helen is an ASLI-Approved Mentor and holder of City & Guilds Certificate in Delivering Learning and offers Supervision and Mentoring to interpreters of varying levels of experience and qualification - it's amazing how much better you can see with two heads rather than one.

Having qualified in 2002, Helen has worked in a wide variety of interpreting settings including Leeds Interpreting Service and Sheffield Hallam University before becoming freelance and specialising in working with people with learning difficulties and latterly theatre interpreting.

Helen strongly believes that interpreters need support and a safe place to catch their breath so they can assess their skill set, as well as genuinely useful courses which lead them to becoming better interpreters - and all of Sign Gecko's training is based around these two concepts.


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When & Where

Canal Side House
67/68 Rolfe Street
B66 2AL Smethwick
United Kingdom

Friday, 28 November 2014 from 09:00 to 13:00 (GMT)

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Training Advocacy And Guidance Service

We currently work alongside organisations that engage or might want to engage with the deaf community.

We provide advice and support through our Deaf Access Centres, Interpreter Support Network and Interpreter Development Programme.


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Reflective Practice and Self Awareness
Smethwick Events Course Business

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