Stress Management for interpreters

TITLE: Stress management and emotional resilience for interpreters
DURATION: FULL DAY – 6 hours
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: up to 20
DATE : 1 JULY 2017

WHERE: ISIT Intercultural School, Paris
DESCRIPTION: Conference interpreting has been ranked as one of the most stressful professions of our times, beside civil aviation. But whereas pilots cannot control the weather or an aircraft technical failure, interpreters can learn how to master their emotions and land safely. This training is designed to provide both a theoretical framework and practical tools for stress management, exploring stress as a natural response which can be used as a resource to improve an interpreter’s performance, if duly managed. Develop awareness of emotions as they arise, learn relaxation exercises and increase your stress resilience to improve your skills as a communication expert.

TARGETED AUDIENCE: professional conference interpreters and language mediators

METHOD: guided exercises and interactive simulations
Part I – THE INTERPRETER AS EMOTIONAL ANIMAL

how stress works
the neurophysiology of emotions
working with a storm inside: becoming aware of stressing factors in conference interpreting and other oral communication settings

Part II – TAMING THE MIND

developing awareness of your body through guided exercises aimed at stimulating your emotional responses to stressing experiences
practical relaxation and ex ante stress management exercises from Eastern contemplative traditions as validated by neuroscience (grounding, pranayama, breathing and insight meditation)

Part III : FACING THE STORM AND MAKING THROUGH IT

interactive simulations of stressful interpreting tasks to practice stress management exercises in action (liaison interpreting, sight translation, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting)
tools for ex post stress management
wrap-up session, Q&A and resources for personal practice
KEY WORDS: stress management, neuroscience, situational awareness, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, wellbeing at work

 

For more info and enrolments: Mrs Nathalie Berardino, n.berardino@isit-paris.fr / ISIT

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