Collective Dialogue: Meta-Dialogue Model for Interpreters

Collective Dialogue October 2020 Zoom Session

This virtual retreat for interpreters engaged in Collective Dialogue will explore various frameworks of inquiry regarding challenges faced in each individual’s practice, processing and reviewing how these challenges impact their 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.

In this peer-led environment, returning participants present questions, problems, and challenges from their practice in order to enhance their thinking on the matter. The issues presented may be specialty or venue specific. 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.

The longitudinal design of this constructed container of commitment to dialogue with trusted peers strengthens each interpreter's ability to identify patterns of comprehension and behavior evident in what they have been thinking and doing. The goal of collective dialogue is to bring forth what has not previously been realized, making insights available not only to the one presenting the question, but to each participant in the CD.

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

Registration for this Collective Dialogue Session

Event Date 10-02-2020
Event End Date 10-04-2020
Capacity 5
Registered 5
Available place 0
Individual Price $15.00
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.

Joan Wattman, Retreat Facilitator

Joan Wattman, M.S., CSC, CI, CT, SC:L, received her BA in ASL linguistics from Hampshire College and her MS from the Teaching Interpreting Program at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College). Joan interprets throughout New England, mostly in court and mental health settings. Since 1998 Joan has participated in a Collective Dialogue group (CD) with a small group of interpreters analyzing our work and encouraging other interpreters to engage in dialogue. Starting in 2002 she has been part of an intensive endeavor studying the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI) at the Etna Project: NH & MD along with interpreters and interpreter educators from all over the United States. She has presented workshops with her CD, Etna: NH, and other colleagues for many hosting organizations including the RID National Convention (1999), RID Region I conference (2006), and the convention of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (2004, 2012).


Login is reserved for those engaged in Collective Dialogue groups. Contact us for access and additional insights into the benefits and protocols of CD.


You need to enable user registration from User Manager/Options in the backend of Joomla before this module will activate.