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November 19–December 28, 2018

There is a huge need for trained interpreters in domestic violence and sexual violence (DVSV) settings. Having training can mean the difference between making a survivor feel empowered or retraumatized. Working successfully in this niche requires specialty knowledge and skills to be successful.

This module covers:

  • Why domestic violence and sexual assault happens.
  • How trauma impacts language.
  • Different settings and systems in which interpreters work.
  • Interpreting considerations for the trauma informed practitioner.
  • Self-care practices that will keep us and the people we work with healthy.
  • Steps and resources for further training.

Time commitment

This module will require about 20 hours of work. There are no set meeting times, but topics are opened weekly to give participants richer discussion and learning opportunities. All work must be completed by December 28, 2018. No extensions will be offered. See Course Outline below for an overview of the course.

Please join us to enhance your understanding of this worthwhile work!


Registration fee: $40

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And head over to our webshops page to check out our free webshops. The remaining three will be available this month, including one on DVSV.

How to Access Intro to DVSV

Registered participants will receive an email invitation to join the course from Instructure Canvas by November 19.

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Follow the prompts to join the course. It’s easy! (Just remember to write down your password!)

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations must be in writing to

Refunds will be issued for cancellations requested within seven days of registration, as long as course content has not been accessed. Refunds will not be issued after November 20.

Registrations are not transferrable.


RID logoSt. Catherine University is an RID-approved sponsor for continuing education units. Participants who complete all required assignments may earn 2.0 CEUs.

CEUs will be posted to transcripts by January 15. Please hold any questions about CEUs and your transcript until after January 15. (Note: This will count towards CEUs earned in 2018.)

Course Facilitator

Bridget Sabatke, MS, NIC Master, EIPA 4.0, QMHI

As an interpreter in the field since 2005, Bridget holds a master’s degree in interpreting pedagogy from University of Northern Florida. She focuses on developing effective face-to-face and online education for interpreting in mental and behavioral health.

Course Outline

  • Resources & Support
  • Start Here
  • Values and Themes of DVSV Work
    • Introduction
    • National Landscape of DVSV Advocacy
    • Vocabulary Basics
  • Power Privilege and Oppression
    • Power Privilege and Oppression
    • Why we Choose Gendered Language
    • Margin to Center
    • Power, Privilege and Oppression of Interpreters
    • How to Overcome Systemic Disempowerment
  • Learning about Domestic Violence
    • Dynamics of DV
    • Dynamics of SV
    • Intersectionality and DVSV
    • Who Does Harm?
    • Who Experiences Harm?
  • Interpreter Considerations
    • Language of DV
    • Trauma Informed Interpreting
    • Interpreting Strategies
    • Safety Planning
    • Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue
    • Considering a Framework of Values
  • DVSV settings
    • DVSV is everywhere
    • Social Services
    • Police
    • Legal
    • Medical
  • Additional Resources
  • Course Evaluation 
    • Course Evaluation and CEU Form