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Lunch & Learn: Working with Interpreters in Mental Health: Doing Therapy in Slow Motion
MPA Office (The Harrington Company)
4248 Park Glen Road
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416
United States
952-928-4657

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Friday, June 14, 2019, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM CDT
Category: Lunch & Learns

Working with Interpreters in Mental Health: Doing Therapy in Slow Motion

Friday, June 14, 2019

*Registration: 11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Program: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Location: MPA's Office (The Harrington Company)
4248 Park Glen Road, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Parking is free.

Please note: when driving down Park Glen Road, go past the Park Glen and Walden Woods apartments until you come to the cul-de-sac. Drive through the cul-de-sac and The Harrington Company office will be on your left, you will see the teal trim on the sign and doors.

About the program:

This discussion will cover multiple aspects of work with interpreters in Mental Health including definition of roles, responsibilities and issues of hierarchy in mental health encounters. It will also address systemic phenomena, such as complimentarity and triangulation. Changes in physical parameters of encounters including space and pace management will be discussed. We will explore the effects of employing interpreters on dynamics of mental health encounters, including a balance of pacing and leading. We will also address language use, including use of professional jargon by providers. This workshop will also explore the effects of interpreting on provider’s level of differentiation. In conclusion, issues of self care of interpreters, including safety and burnout prevention, will be discussed.

Please note: You must attend the full program to get continuing education credit for the event.

This program qualifies for 1.0 continuing education credit. 

Lunch & Learns are informal programs for psychologists and other mental health professionals and are at the intermediate level (assumes participants have equivalent of doctoral education in psychology and additional knowledge in this area).

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe and discuss the role of interpreters in behavioral health encounters.

About the presenter:

Georgi Kroupin, Ph.D., LMFT, M.A., LP, graduated with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Moscow State University. In 2011, he received a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the U of MN Department of Family Social Science. In 2000, he coauthored a chapter on New American Families in a Handbook of Family Development and Intervention and in 2007 he co-authored two chapters on refugee mental health in “Immigrant Medicine” Handbook. He is currently a lead psychologist at the Center for International Health, HealthPartners.

The speaker has reported no potential conflicts of interest.


The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact Katie Benson, 952-928-4657, or [email protected].


To Register:

There is no onsite registration for this event. Please register ahead of time with the options below.

Registration is now closed. Registration closes Wednesday, June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

Click here for a PDF registration form and flyer.

*REGISTRATION: There is no early bird rate for registration. The registration fees are: MPA Members = $25, Non-members = $30, Students = $25. Registration fee includes box lunch and CE certificate (1 credit). We will not be duplicating program materials. Participants are limited to the first 30 registrants. There is no on-site registration.


MPA Event Refund Policy:  A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling fee, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.


Contact: [email protected] or (952)928-4657



Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.