Betty Colonomos | Self-Sabotage: How Do Interpreters Prevent Fear from Creating Indecision?

StreetTour 2015 with Betty Colonomos

This introspective workshop will examine how our internal “committees” sabotage our performance during interpreting assignments.

Dates and Locations

August 29 – 30th            |    Pittsburgh, PA       |      REGISTER NOW

* Announcement: Wing Butler will be replacing Betty for StreetTour – Pittsburgh.

October 24 -25th            |    Bloomsburg, PA    |       REGISTER NOW

Presentation Description

This introspective workshop will examine how our internal “committees” sabotage our performance during interpreting assignments.  Attendees will discuss and identify how the “voices” in our heads affect our ability to attend to the interpreting task by allowing fear to interfere with making appropriate decisions. Participants can expect to examine and practice strategies to help them bring control back to the decision-making process and prepare plans to reach a healthy place where they can enjoy their work, while providing their consumers with the highest quality of service.

Presenter Bio

Betty M. Colonomos, currently serving as Director of the Bilingual Mediation Center, is a fluent ASL/English bilingual. Her academic background is in Deaf Education/Speech Pathology (B.S.), Counseling (M.A.) Linguistics (Doctoral program). Betty holds the Masters Comprehensive Skills Certificate (MCSC) from RID. She was the second recipient of the Mary Stotler Award for excellence in Interpreter Education from CIT. Betty has chaired and served on many national committees on standards and evaluation of interpreters and served as President of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT).

Ms. Colonomos has authored and appeared in video materials on interpreting and she co-authored (with MJ Bienvenu) videos on Deaf Culture, ASL Facial Grammar, and ASL Numbers. She worked as an International Sign interpreter for numerous conferences worldwide. Betty also consults with schools and the legal system as an expert on linguistic and cultural issues impacting the Deaf Community.