Lost in translation, found in translation : A case study of working psychodynamically in an interpreter-assisted setting

Schweitzer, Robert, Rosbrook, Bernadette, & Kaiplinger, Ilse (2013) Lost in translation, found in translation : A case study of working psychodynamically in an interpreter-assisted setting. Psychodynamic Practice: Individuals, Groups and Organisations, 19(2), pp. 168-183.

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Abstract

Effective use of psychotherapeutic treatment in interpreter-assisted settings is well established; however, there has been little discussion of the use of psychodynamically-informed treatments in such settings. The literature suggests that therapy facilitated by interpreters is not conducive to psychodynamic approaches due to the presence of a third person, the perceived lack of intimacy, and the difficulties of working with translated material. However, transference, countertransference and other unconscious communications and responses necessarily occur in every therapeutic setting, including triadic therapy using interpreters. This paper describes a short-term (12 session) psychodynamically-oriented intervention with a 52-year old Cantonese-speaking man suffering from depression. A female, Chinese-born interpreter assisted in every session. The integral role of supervision in supporting a containing relationship between the therapist and the patient and the difficult emotional responses experienced by the interpreter is highlighted. The paper attempts to trace some of the unconscious communications that occurred during the therapy and demonstrates the feasibility of working psychodynamically in an interpreter-assisted setting.

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ID Code: 60688
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Psychodynamic, Interpreters, Cross-cultural, Transference, Counter-transference, Chinese
DOI: 10.1080/14753634.2013.778487
ISSN: 1475-3634
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 2013 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 10 Jun 2013 23:55
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 03:50

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