Janet Ann Robertson is a 2014 graduate of the PhD Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Antioch University, New England.
- Walter Lowe, Ph.D. - Committee Chair
- Aimee Burke Valeras, Ph.D. - Committee Member
- Megan Murphy, Ph.D. -Committee Member
- Catherine Lounsbury, Ed.D. - Department of Applied Psychology Representative
Janet Ann Robertson, Ph.D.
phenomenology, refugee clients, foreign language interpreters, counseling psychology, psychotherapists, mental health professionals
This dissertation consists of two articles focusing on foreign language interpreters in mental health. The first article is a literature review examining the existing research on mental health professionals working with foreign language interpreters while conducting therapy with refugee clients. After excluding articles that were not research studies and those that focused on physicians rather than therapists, 19 articles fit the search criteria. The majority of the articles that did not fall into the research category focused on recommendations and protocols for treatment. Those that did fit within the criteria were categorized into 5 main themes. Those themes were: effectiveness research, emotional influences, therapeutic alliance, role of the interpreter, and therapists’ experiences of interpreter roles. The second article explored the interpreters’ and therapists’ perceptions of the triadic and dyadic relationships within the therapist-interpreter-refugee client system. A systemic lens was adopted to directly examine the question of how interpreters and therapists working with refugee clients experience the relationships among interpreters, therapists, and refugee clients in therapy. Three interpreters and three therapists were interviewed and four themes and nine subthemes emerged, all centered around a triadic relationship between the therapist, interpreter and client. This study revealed a circular process within the triadic system in which all of the members of the system influenced one another. It also revealed a reciprocal process in which both the therapist and the interpreter’s perception of the other member’s relationship with the client influenced the individual’s feelings of effectiveness in therapy.
Robertson, J. A. (2014). Therapists’ and Interpreters’ Perceptions of the Relationships When Working with Refugee Clients. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/177