Training & workshops

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Waiting lists are my way of finding out when there are enough people interested for me to run a program. So if you are interested, it is worth clicking the link and putting your name on the (Doodle) list. You’re not committing to attend at this stage, just saying that you’re interested.

WAYW:SE (What Are You Worth – Special Edition), 2020

Workshops and training – booking now:

If viewing the table on a smartphone, please click into the table, so that you can scroll right to the links. If you can’t find the workshop you are looking for, please join a waiting list, or contact me, as some workshops are not yet advertised.

Date (all 2022) & times: TopicRemote or face-to-face (with location):Who can attend:Hosted by:Link to book (hosts websites) or for further information: 
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Mondays 12th September, 10th October, 14th November (6:00-9:00).
Working with Difficult People – three half day or evening sessions approximately four weeks apart, with optional discussion groups between the sessions.Remote in three partsOpen to all interpreters and translatorsMeProgram full
2Mondays 19th September, 17th October, 21st November (6:00-9:00).Working with Difficult People – three half day or evening sessions approximately four weeks apart, with optional discussion groups between the sessions.Remote in three partsOpen to all interpreters and translatorsMeProgram full
3Saturday 15th OctoberPresentation at VLP conference – The stories we tell ourselves. The stories we tell ourselves shape what we think is ‘normal’, right & wrong, and what we believe is possible, for us individually and collectively. In this session we will explore some of these stories and the impact they have on us, relevant to us both in our personal and professional lives. We will also explore how we might challenge and shape some of these stories so that they are more accurate and more useful.
RemoteOpen to all VLP membersVLPSee VLP conference page for more information
4Saturday 16th OctoberWorkshop at VLP conference – Wellbeing Session: Meditation. This will be an opportunity to try for yourself a range of mindfulness, meditation, and anchoring techniques. As this is an experiential session there will be little discussion of evidence and theory.RemoteOpen to all VLP membersVLPSee VLP conference page for more information
5Saturday 12th NovemberWhat Are You Worth (WAYW) – with co-trainer Ben Phillips.Face to faceOpen to all interpreters and translatorsYorkshire Interpreters NetworkWorkshop full.

Programs, workshops and webinars

Click on the title below to read more about it. If you know you just want to join the waiting list, to encourage me to run the program, then just click on “waiting list” and add your name.

NB: Most of the programs and workshops below include optional self-organised discussion groups (on Zoom). These give you more time for discussion and reflection than is otherwise possible in the workshop sessions.

Exploring Unconscious Bias – An introductory workshop for Sign Language Interpreters & Translators.

Unconscious Bias is often in the news, as an explanation for people’s discriminatory behaviour and as a way of addressing such behaviour, for example, through Unconscious Bias training.  In this very interactive workshop we explore: 

  • Unconscious Bias, the concept and in the ‘real world’, critiques and alternatives.
  • How Unconscious Bias impacts on us as interpreters and translators.
  • How Unconscious Bias impacts on our interpreting and translation.
  • What we can do to address Unconscious Bias.
  • Following the workshop you will receive our recommended resources list, and you can take part in an optional participant-led Zoom discussion group. (Date / time TBC)

Darren Townsend-Handscomb and special guests will be delivering the taught sections, and facilitating the discussions.

Please download the PDF below for more information about the workshop and trainers. 

Working with difficult peoplebooking now (contact me to book a place)

Are there people that you find difficult to work with?  Bookers, customers, or colleagues?

Does this take a lot of your energy, either trying to deal with the situation, or trying to avoid it?

Would you like the time and space to think through your experience and challenges, and to explore what you may be able to do?

If so, then you may find this workshop useful, developed at interpreters’ request.  In these linked workshops and optional discussion groups we will explore:

  • What is ‘difficult’, and why is it ‘difficult’.
  • What influences our perceptions and experiences of, and our ability to, work with ‘difficult’ people, including: social context, psychological context, our previous experience, professional and interpreting skills, boundaries (especially with ongoing ATW work), and interactional / communication skills.
  • What you can do to improve your experience of, and ability to, work with ‘difficult’ people, before, during and after interactions.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, click here.  (Once sufficient people are interested I’ll organise it).

Please download the PDF below for more information about the workshop.

Building Confidence for Interpreters (and your customers)waiting list

Many interpreters find that confidence is an issue, either generally, or at different times in their career, for example:

  • After having experienced one or more ‘difficult’ / ‘unsuccessful’ assignments.
  • After having had critical feedback from colleagues and/or customers.
  • When considering working in new domains, with new customers, with more experienced colleagues, in more ‘visible’ / high profile assignments, etc.

This program explores what underpins and undermines our confidence as interpreters, from psychological and other perspectives.  Through the program we will get to grips with what confidence really is, and what we can do to grow it in ourselves and customers.  

If you are interested in attending this workshop, click here.  (Once sufficient people are interested I’ll organise it).

Please download the PDF below for more information about the workshop.

Elephant in the room – equivalency and interpreting as a loss processwaiting list

In this very practical and hands on workshop we explore some fundamental truths about interpreting, the implications of these on our profession, and on our individual practice.

Whilst equivalencies and loss are key underlying principles, these don’t seem to be discussed or understood enough in our profession, to the detriment of our professional practice and confidence.

We’ll discuss the idea of interpreting as a loss process, the nature of equivalence, and then explore the impact of these through exercises and discussion.

By the end of this workshop you will have:

  • Understood what it means that interpreting is a loss process.
  • Explored the concept of equivalence when interpreting.
  • Considered what loss and equivalence means for interpreting, and your individual practice as an interpreter.
  • Had the opportunity to participate in exercises relevant to these concepts, exercises that can be continued at home.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, click here. (Once sufficient people are interested I’ll organise it).

WAYW – What Are You Worthwaiting list

Since 2010, WAYW program, delivered by Ben Phillips and Darren, has assisted 100’s of communication professionals to better understand the actual costs involved in delivering services and to reflect on and develop a realistic business model.  As this training is always in the context  of the current political and economic scene, the program continually evolves. The current version, WAYW:SE (Special Edition), focuses on the impact of Coronavirus.  

If you are interested in attending the WAYW program, click here.  

Please download the PDF below for more information about the workshop.

Observation and feedback skills (for yourself and others)waiting list

Do you feel that as an interpreter you don’t have enough experience or skills to feedback to colleagues?

Or maybe that you don’t even have the ‘right’ to feed back?

Would you like to feel more skilled and confident in asking for, receiving and giving feedback? 

If you would, then this workshop may be for you.  

In this workshop we will explore:

  • Our individual, collective, professional and cultural contexts for giving and receiving feedback
  • How we can think about, evaluate, and use the feedback we receive. 
  • Models to help us understand what we are trying to do, and the different ways that we can apply them in a given context. 
  • The skills we need to develop in order to receive and give feedback.
  • Psychological barriers to, and resources for, receiving and giving feedback.
  • Strategies for getting and giving feedback from/to colleagues and customers.
  • How we can continue to develop our confidence and skills following the workshop.

The program includes: three 3.5 hour interactive workshop, three (optional) participant-led 1.5 hour discussion groups (using Zoom), and tasks to complete in your own time. (10.5 hours of structured CPD, 4.5+ hours of unstructured).

Cost TBC

If you are interested in attending this workshop, click here.  (Once sufficient people are interested I’ll organise it).

Pain free signing – preventing and getting better from Upper Limb Disorder waiting list

Research, as well as personal experience, shows that sign language interpreters are at risk of developing musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.  

You may know of colleagues who have been affected by this, or have been affected by this yourself.  

Through information and awareness, this workshop aims to empower you, and provide you with more skills and strategies in order to, take more responsibility and control of your own health and well-being.

In the workshop we explore:

  • Look at why Sign Language Interpreting potentially carries the risk of developing musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, with a focus on Upper Limb Disorder (ULD*); for both face-to-face and remote interpreting.
  • Explore a range preventative strategies & changes that can be made when interpreting, and had the opportunity to use them.
  • Experience a range of signing ‘styles’, and understood the relevance to your health.
  • Identify many of the potential symptoms of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions (especially ULD),   and the importance of taking early action.
  • Look at the range of assessment and support options available if have symptoms.
  • Discuss some of the issues around getting appropriate treatment & other actions you can take.

The program structure depends on whether this is being provided face-to-face or remotely. If remote it includes: three 3.5 hour interactive workshop, three (optional) participant-led 1.5 hour discussion groups (using Zoom), and tasks to complete in your own time. (10.5 hours of structured CPD, 4.5+ hours of unstructured). If face-to-face the structure is to be confirmed.

Cost TBC

If you are interested in attending this workshop, click here.  (Once sufficient people are interested I’ll organise it).

Darren’s biog relevant to running this program: Darren first got involved with interpreter Health & Safety when working as Head of Interpreting Services at the RNID. During this time he was responsible for writing the H&S Policy for Interpreting staff, and developing a ULD prevention, identification and treatment plan. He also worked with 3 staff with ULD, supporting them in order to be able to return to work. In 2006 he gained greater insight into ULD, having developed Tennis Elbow in both arms. From this insider perspective, he adapted the RNID work for freelance Interpreters in a Newsli article.

*ULD (Upper Limb Disorder) is the generic name for ‘problems with the arms’.  This term includes RSI, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Tennis Elbow, etc.

From what is wrong to what is strong – a different approach to thinking about professional development – an interactive webinar (waiting list)

Professional development is often focussed on addressing our mistakes and weaknesses.  Why don’t we also pay attention to and work to build on our strengths?  In this webinar we’ll explore this question, and then look at some of the whys and ways we can begin to redress the balance

This will be an interactive webinar, with at least one attempted mass experiment, and breakout discussion groups.

By the end of the webinar you‘ll understand why we tend to focus on repairing problems, why identifying and building on strengths is also important, and will have some tools and resources to help you to address the imbalance.

If you are not a VLP member please join the waiting list. I’ll then let you know when I run the webinar again, later in 2022.

Ask Darren to run an existing program, or develop a bespoke one, for you, your colleagues or your organisation

As well as working directly with learners, moonpoppy.training can be booked to provide training for groups (such as peers groups, and regional interpreter networks) and organisations (we’ve worked with ASLI, VLP, SASLI, the City Lit, BSL Link for Communication, Clarion, etc).

If you would like to discuss this, without obligation, please contact me, so that we can explore what may be possible.