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Abstract

The interpreter who works alongside mental health professionals may have equal vulnerability to occupational stress but lack adequate training in order to recognize it or take necessary steps to offset negative impacts. This paper presents a model of intervention known as Peer Support and Consultation Project for Interpreters (PSCPI) working in mental health settings. It describes a study that was designed to determine whether or not PSCPI meetings would influence participants’ immediate sense of satisfaction with several qualities thought to be consistent with developing resilience to work- related stress reactions. The findings of this study indicate a strong positive relationship between attendance at a PSCPI group meeting and increased positive perception of being part of a productive and supportive professional network, as well as having a variety of strategies for self-care and self- management.

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