+ About Us
+ Contact Us
+ Jobs DAILY!
+ Cite this Site
+ Bi-Cultural Mediation
+ Cloze Skill
+ Demand Control
+ Dynamic Equivalence
+ How to Become
+ Sign Negotiation
+ Silent Socials
ASK A TERP
+ ASL Students Ask
+ Children Ask
+ CoWorkers Ask
+ Deaf Ask
+ Employers Ask
+ HH Ask
+ Hearing Ask
+ Law Enforcement Asks
+ Neighbors Ask
+ New Terps Ask
+ Parents Ask
+ Relatives Ask
+ Schoolmates Ask
+ Store Clerks Ask
+ Teachers Ask
+ Who'd We Miss?
- Form & Function
+ Agency Finder
+ Videos & DVDs
TRANSLATE THIS PAGE
Enough cannot be said about the essentiality of ethical behavior to
professionalism. Ethics is the very foundation upon which a professional
career is built and maintained.
Professional interpreters uphold and follow the NAD-RID
Code of Professional Conduct (CPC). It is our experience
that some paid interpreting service providers do not. Interpreters who
have not taken the time to learn and internalize the CPC, or do not
conduct themselves according to its tenets, are not
Some believe professional conduct to be merely a matter of using common
sense and doing the right thing. They are mistaken. What
seems common sense to one of us may not be common sense to
another. To one person doing the right thing may not mean the same
as it does to another. And, such guides are personal in nature, not
professional. Personal guides are important, of course, and may be used with
professional guidelines; yet, personal ethics alone do not satisfy consumer
rights and expectations.
If you believe that professional ethical conflicts are rare occurrences; that an
interpreter probably doesn't encounter that many gnarly situations in the
course of his/her work, this is simply because you have not yet walked in the
shoes of an interpreter. For a full-time interpreter, ethical conflicts
can arise daily, sometimes coming in a barrage. Being an interpreter can
feel like being inside a ethics popcorn machine (some days, an ethics volcano).
With no professional guidelines at the ready, interpreters can become confused and make choices they and their
consumers may later regret.
The CPC unites interpreters under a set of tenets, and its driving
no harm." Consumers of interpreting services have rights
related to the service quality and interpreter behavior - moral rights and legal
rights. Reflect CPC guidelines in your work. Adherence to its tenets
is the professional interpreter's duty and responsibility - to
him/herself, to our consumers, and to the profession.
At or near the top of an
interpreter's list of considerations is: THE LAW.
Of course, professionals wish to avoid breaking federal, state or local laws,
statutes, or ordinances. To avoid breaking these, interpreters are obliged
to know what they are. Ignorance is not an excuse. With respect to THE
LAW, two areas worthy of
particular focus come immediately to mind:
1. THE LAW,
YOUR CLIENT, AND YOU
Know which laws and statutes
specifically address or effect interpreters and/or their clients.
to be continued.
2. THE LAW
FIRST (THEN THE CPC)
A new interpreter, working to be at all times conscientious and in good faith
trying really hard to follow the CPC [as s/he
understands it] only to find that s/he has inadvertently broken THE
Wherever the interpreter is, whatever s/he is is doing, compliance with THE
LAW takes priority over
compliance with the Seven Tenets (happily, the
CPC addresses this potential conflict under Applicability,
Item B). An example might be in an educational setting where the
interpreter might be required (check in your state) to report suspected abuse of
a minor. In this case, what could otherwise be a violation of Tenet
#1 of the Code is not a violation because it is in compliance
with THE LAW.
CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT (CPC) ...
to be continued.
Conduct and Deportment
Respect for Consumers
Respect for Colleagues, Interns, and Students of the Profession
or Persons With No Legal Capacity
(also see: Employment>Settings)
Ethical Practices System (EPS)
a page on their site to address frequently asked questions they receive
regarding ethical concerns, the Ethical Practices System (EPS) and the NAD-RID
Code of Professional Conduct: RID
Manual (.pdf online): EPS
to be continued.
This page has been visited
July 17, 2008.
TerpTopics is a trademark and service mark of TerpTopics, LLC.
All rights reserved.
TerpTopics™ is an
independent entity; as such does not claim or attempt to claim, represent, or
imply by any means whatsoever that it is associated with any other entity that
may or may not offer services, goods, or information of interest to interpreter,
Deaf, or student communities. The opinions expressed here those of
TerpTopics unless otherwise stated. Please keep in mind that, while every
effort is made to present correct, appropriate, and reasonable information
that is based on our experience, anecdotal experiences of others, or developed
during the general course of study and professional development, we do not
represent TerpTopics as having cornered the market on wisdom (heck, no!) or
experience; one reason why links to several other good and reliable resources
are made available throughout this site, and we hope that earnest seekers of
knowledge will take advantage of them.
Did someone say
Click here now!
So many books;
so little time ...
Why waste it?
Click here now.
Discover films of interest
to ASL or interpreting students here.