Collective Dialogue SERIES: Meta-Dialogue Model for Interpreters Part IV

Collective Dialogue January 2023

This recurring retreat for interpreters engaged in Collective Dialogue continues the exploration of various frameworks of inquiry regarding challenges faced in each individual’s practice. We bring forward these issues by processing and reviewing how they impact our interpreting work, considering these issues as they are reflected in others’ practices, and identifying how they appear in the larger body of the interpreting profession.

This is a reflective practice, as returning participants develop a breadth and depth of understanding for the commonalities interpreters share and the unique perspectives that each of us hold. As we present questions, problems, and challenges from our practice, our end goal is to enhance our thinking on these matters. The issues presented may be specialty or venue specific or they could be generic. By way of dialogue* participants engage in reflection and inquiry that allow the locus of control to belong to the one presenting the question, problem, or challenge.

This constructed container of commitment to dialogue with trusted peers is established with a longitudinal perspective on reflective dialogue. This commitment to ongoing inquiry and reflection strengthens each interpreter's ability to identify patterns of comprehension and behavior evident in what they have been thinking and doing. Collective dialogue prompts us to bring forth what may not have been previously realized, making insights available to the one presenting the challenge or issue or concern. In theory, each participant may access perspectives on the subject that previously were not present for them, generated through dialogue.

*specific reference to William Isaacs' definition of dialogue from "Dialogue: The Art of Thinking Together"

Registration for this Collective Dialogue Session

Event Date 01-06-2023
Event End Date 01-08-2023
Capacity 5
Registered 5
Available place 0
Individual Price $25.00

Registration has closed for this CD session.

CEU Information

RID CMP Continuing Education Units pending. This Professional Studies program is offered at 1.0 PS CEUs/ACETs at the Advanced and Teaching Content Levels and is open to the existing Collective Dialogue group invited to attend. No partial CEUs awarded.

Angela Funke is an approved RID CMP sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.

  • Participants of this educational opportunity agree to promote an environment of mutual respect, free from bias and discrimination.
  • Please contact the coordinator to request reasonable accommodations, or with any questions about this series.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • After registration, refunds are not available for this session. If any participant of this CD becomes unavailable for this session, it will be rescheduled.

Registration Deadline

  • Registration for this seminar will remain open until invited members have registered.

Kate Eifler, Retreat Facilitator

photo of Kate EiflerKate Eifler, mentor, ceramic artist, birder, and newly avid e-biker, started learning ASL in 1985, graduated from the Health Care Interpreter certification program at the College of St. Catherines, St Paul, in 1990, and began interpreting in 1991.

While interpreting at the University of Minnesota, where she worked for 11 years, she was introduced to Betty Colonomos and her work in learning through scaffolding. Kate set up a mentoring program at the University, to engage other staff interpreters in this Vygotskyan based process of growth in the field. Kate then worked as an educational interpreter at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and since 2006 she has been doing freelance work on the island of Maui, mainly in Health Care, and Secondary Educational settings. Kate was thrilled to join a CD (Collective Dialogue) group of seasoned interpreters in 2017, where enriching, challenging conversations abound.

With the inevitable change of time and opportunities, Kate will facilitate a discussion on the “twilight” years in the interpreting profession. The group will be addressing the ideas of legacy and transition. As well as aging, letting go, and informational retention.


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