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7 12, 2016

Clarion UK – Our Christmas Present for BSL Interpreters

By |December 7th, 2016|Categories: Legal, Professional Development|0 Comments

A reduction in training fees of 66%.

Christmas is coming and while we all have our thoughts on turkey, nut roasts and stuffing, over on the other side of the festivities lies our flagship legal training course. It takes pride of place in central London, presented by acclaimed trainer and interpreter Byron Campbell and running over three days at the end of January. This course is being run in conjunction with various courts around the country and will include input from a range of legal professionals.
The aims of the course are to:
• provide interpreters with an understanding of court procedures and relevant knowledge in terms of roles of those involved in the court process,
• help interpreters better understand court/barrister questioning techniques and styles,
• give interpreters an opportunity to practice their skills in a ‘live’ situation and get feedback on their work.
Interpreters will go through a series of simulated scenarios and exercises and be given feedback on their work from the court officer/barrister, the deaf ‘defendant/witness’ and an experienced interpreter. The course participants will also have an opportunity to look at each other’s work with a view to developing and improving their interpreting skills and strategies. All of the practical exercises will be video recorded and the course participants will then have a copy of their work for later analysis and reflection. 27 CPD points will be awarded on course completion. For a limited period of time, as a Xmas pressie, we are going to offer this course at a significantly reduced price of £100 instead of £300. This offer is only available if you sign up before the end of the year and spaces are limited and already filling up .
If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to ask Byron or contact us on 01763 209001 sally@clarion-uk.com or Caroline Butcher on caroline@clarion-uk.com

29 11, 2016

BSL/English Interpreting in Police Stations – Paradigm shifts in training provision

By |November 29th, 2016|Categories: British Sign Language, Legal, Professional Development|0 Comments

Clarion UK held its first ever three day training course on BSL interpreting in Police stations and we waited with baited breath for the outcomes and feedback. This training was done in conjunction with Local Deaf actors, PC Emma Gilbert , Anthony Mitchell and Byron Campbell interpreter trainer and Clare Wade, a criminal defense solicitor.

The course involved the chance to interpret in “almost real situations” having a police sergeant, a Deaf person and a duty solicitor in an actual interview room and victim suites in role play scenarios. The participants were given information on terminology and jargon; which was very well received, as was the ability understand the processes and pressures impacting on the police. Participants said that they gained considerable insight into the challenges of working with interpreters and Deaf people from their point of view. There was also the opportunity for interpreters to be videoed and take clips away. Here are some of the comments from our first cohort of trainees:

“This training was really useful, really valuable being able to practise interviews in an actual police station for real life experience”

“Training is perfect for new and established interpreters”

“fantastic training, all days very valuable”

“The training was excellent”

“ I loved it…exactly what I needed”

Information on future legal  courses can be found here.

14 04, 2016

Accredited Electronic Notetaking course at DCAL

By |April 14th, 2016|Categories: Professional Development, Technology|2 Comments

Open College Network (OCN) London Level 3 awarded

Five consecutive Thursdays: 7th July – 4th August 2016. 9.30am – 4.30pm, Central London Location

Bursary Information

Clarion UK is providing one bursary, covering 50% of the full course fee. Note: UCL Staff and students are not eligible for this bursary. For further information about the bursary please contact Bethany Jamieson. Tel: 01763 209001 Email: bethany.jamieson@clarioncall.net

Did you know?…

  • The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills recently published guidance recommending notetakers providing support to people with disabilities have formal notetaking qualifications.
  • Trained note takers are in short supply and the new guidance will certainly increase demand for trained notetakers
  • Qualified notetakers can earn over £30/hour

Course Summary

The portfolio-based course will train you to document clear, informative notes for students with different disabilities. You will study the context and role of notetakers, the notetaking requirements of students with disabilities and strategies for supporting a range of learning needs. You will learn the key principles of working as an electronic notetaker for deaf and disabled students, which includes disability awareness, the Equality Act and notetaking needs of clients with a variety of disabilities. You will gain valuable insights into the professional issues involved, a mastery of the technical skills employed, whilst acquiring experienced instruction in a recognised notetaking software package.

For further information, please click on the following link – http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dcal/study/cpd/electronic_notetaking

This course is delivered in partnership with Note-able Notetakers Limited and supported by Clarion.

NoteAble Notetakers

They are also running an Introduction to Notetaking course – http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dcal/study/cpd/introduction-to-notetaking

 

14 12, 2015

4 Reasons to Give your Staff BSL Training

By |December 14th, 2015|Categories: British Sign Language, Deaf Awareness Training, Professional Development, Sign Language|0 Comments

Do you have Deaf staff who work at your office? Do your staff regularly come into contact with Deaf BSL users?

Here are 4 great reasons to ask Clarion to give your staff BSL training:

  • You can improve access to your business and customer service by giving staff the opportunity to learn BSL. The training will make your staff more confident in interacting better with Deaf people
  • Training can be completely tailored to your own business environment, for example, if you are a GP practice you might want to learn signs that are related to health so your service is accessible to Deaf patients. If you employ Deaf staff you might want your course designed around inclusivity, so everyone feels like a member of the team.
  • You can really improve inclusion in the work place if hearing and Deaf colleagues can communicate with each other. Your staff attending a British Sign Language training course could be recognised as a ‘reasonable adjustment’ under the Equality Act 2010.
  • Learning BSL is a fun and enjoyable experience . One of our customers said “The basic (Sign Language) training provided a good insight into BSL and has given me the confidence to be able to communicate with my Deaf colleague and hold small conversations but also the will to learn more.

Please visit our British Sign Language Training page to learn more about what Clarion can offer you.

5 12, 2014

Clarion Interpreting, BSL users and the Psychiatric Profession: Challenges, Issues and Breakthroughs

By |December 5th, 2014|Categories: British Sign Language, Deaf Community, Professional Development|0 Comments

Come and join Clarion Interpreting Services in Cambridge with consultant forensic psychiatrist, Manjit Gahir from Rampton Hospital and hear him talk on 19th December at 2pm-3.15pm

Are the scales balanced? For Deaf People with additional needs who go through psychiatric services – is equal access possible to achieve? We will be looking at cross cultural views and issues, the challenges for diagnosis and also looking at the assessment of schizophrenia, personality disorders and depression when working with BSL users. Critically, we will be hearing about the role that experienced and registered BSL/English Interpreters can play.

Manjit Gahir is a consultant Forensic Psychiatrist working at Rampton Hospital. Over the last ten years, he has developed expertise in the assessment and treatment of deaf mentally disordered offenders. He runs the only high security deaf unit in the UK at Rampton Hospital and has provided assessments to other secure units and prisons. He is a member of the European Society of Mental Health and Deafness and has lectured in Europe and Canada on the topic of deaf offenders.

He is coming to talk to Clarion Interpreting on the theme of Deaf people with additional mental health needs going through the mental health system and we would love for you to join us at no cost. Tea, coffee and CPD points all provided.

If you would like to attend, please contact us using the form below so we have an idea of numbers. You would be very welcome; it would also be great to see you and have the chance to catch up for Xmas.

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20 11, 2014

Modern Dress Codes for the Modern Interpreter

By |November 20th, 2014|Categories: British Sign Language, Professional Development|0 Comments

“Business Smart”, “Business Casual” “Smart Casual”, “Casual”. Modern Dress Codes for the modern interpreter are all so confusing!

What gets most people sweating is when the words ‘business’ – inferred as being very formal – and ‘casual’ – associated with relaxed nights out with friends – are used in the same breath. This gets our heart rates up as we start assessing the level of casualness that will not be frowned upon while at the same time needing to refrain from hitting the heights of formality found at an English tea party.

So then, what is the sweet spot we seek when it comes to all the phrases above? Let’s take a look at it from bottom up.

Business Smart. What it’s not? Three piece suit with a fob watch. What is hot?

  • A great well-tailored suit or tailored dress (for the women, that is), go with 100% cotton shirts.
  • Stick with conventional solids preferably black.
  • Keep the belt simple, no fancy buckles or colours.
  • Always match your socks with your trouser colour.
  • Well-polished shoes

Business Casual. What it’s not? Ill-fitting shirts, baggy trousers and nondescript jacket. What is hot?

  • Nothing ruins an outfit – whatever the dress code and no matter how expensive the clothes are – like wearing something that doesn’t fit. The first secret to looking smart is sizing correctly.
  • Basically for chaps it means that you can remove your tie.
  • You can’t wear jeans though.
  • A decent pair of trousers plus a long sleeved shirt.
  • Never dress flirty in a work environment, boys.

Women, you can do away with the formal suit and opt co-ordinating separates:

  • Tailored trousers or a skirt teamed with a jacket or shirt.
  • Knitwear such as a cardigan or wrap top would be great with tailored trousers or skirt.
  • Skirts must be of a respectable length.
  • A cap, short or three quarter length sleeve dress is acceptable. Ensure the dress is the appropriate length.
  • You can wear less formal shoes but not trainers or flip flop type sandals. Shoes must have a closed toe.

Casual. What it’s not? Zebra onesies, wetsuits or kilts. What is hot? Jeans, T-shirt. You know the drill.

If in doubt wear black. I know many court interpreters who open their wardrobe to an ocean of plain, black clothes. It makes choosing clothes very easy though. Another trick is to carry around a smart shirt/blouse and if a booking is re-arranged and suitable dress is smarter than you set out, there is something in your bag, ready.

23 09, 2014

Training Opportunities at Guy’s and St Thomas, Hospital

By |September 23rd, 2014|Categories: British Sign Language, Professional Development|0 Comments

Clarion are pleased to present on behalf of Guys and St Thomas NHS this fantastic opportunity to attend bite sized training in Central London. They can offer greatly reduced prices on specialist topics that cover a large range of equality and diversity issues starting next week and running into Spring 2015. They are able to open up this whole range of 2-4 hour training sessions by organisations such as MIND and Stonewall at £40 for ½ day session and £20 for up to 3 hour session. It is also accredited for NRCDP CDP points.

For our part, we are very proud to be working in partnership with the hospital and providing training on Deafness and Mental Health which is presented by Patricia Wilfort. For more information, please contact Manal Sadik on 0207 1887061 or email Manal.Sadik@gstt.nhs.uk.

2014

Dates AM 9-1 PM 1-5
Sep 29th 2014 Mental Health Awareness (Mind) Safeguarding (including Learning Disabilities)
Oct 9th 2014 Spirtual care Guided sight training (Blind Aid)
Oct 13th 2014 Mental Health and Adolescents Mental Health and Older people
Oct 27th 2014 Deaf Awareness and Mental Health with Clarion Spirtual care and disability
Nov 6th 2014 Safeguarding (including Learning Disabilities)
Nov 10th 2014 Female Genetal Mutilation
 Nov 17th 2014 Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia
 Nov 24th 2014 Suicidal prevention training British Dyslexia Association Dyslexia awareness
Dec 1st 2014 Forced marriages prevention
Dec 8th 2014 Stonewall LGBT
Dec 15th 2014 TB Awareness

2015

Dates AM 9-1 PM 1-5
Feb 10th 2015 Reach Domestic Abuse Deaf Awareness and Mental Health with Clarion
Feb 24th 2015 Reach Domestic Abuse
March 6th 2015 Spirtual Care and Disability
March 12th 2015 Homeless Health Care Guided Sight Training Blind Aid
March 25th 2015 Reach Domestic Abuse
April 2nd 2015 HIV Awareness
April 8th 2015 Guided Sight Training Blind Aid
April 17th 2015 Reach Domestic Abuse
24 07, 2014

Clarion Interpreting, Expert Consultants and the Courts

By |July 24th, 2014|Categories: Deaf Advocacy, Deaf Community, Legal, Professional Development|0 Comments

Come and join Clarion Interpreting Services in Cambridge with consultant forensic psychiatrist, Manjit Gahir and hear him talk on 22nd August 11:00-12:00.

Are the scales balanced?  Deaf People with additional needs who go through the judicial system – do we really think there is equal access to justice?

Manjit Gahir is a consultant Forensic Psychiatrist working at St Andrew’s Healthcare and Rampton Hospital.   Over the last ten years, he has developed expertise in the assessment and treatment of deaf mentally disordered offenders.  He ran the only high security deaf unit in the UK at Rampton Hospital and provided assessments to other secure units and prisons. He is a member of the European Society of Mental Health and Deafness and has lectured in Europe and Canada on the topic of deaf offenders.  More recently, he has been seconded to the medium secure Deaf unit (Fairbairn Ward) at St Andrews Hospital, Northampton, for three days each week, as well as continuing with his work at Rampton Hospital.

He is coming to talk to Clarion Interpreting on the theme of Deaf people with additional mental health needs going through the judicial system and whether they truly get equal access in the justice system, and we would love for you to join us at no cost.   Tea, coffee and CPD points all provided.  

If you would like to attend, please contact us using the form below so we have an idea of numbers. You would be very welcome; it would also be great to see you and have the chance to catch up.

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