So What’s the Big Deal? The Importance of DC-S and Supervision-PART 2 of 2


Taught by Daniel Maffia

ASL with no ASL to English interpretation

CEU:0.3, BEI Category:Ethics (E.) Interpreting (I.), RID Category:PS-PPO

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Taught by Daniel Maffia

Workshop Synopsis: What value does talking with colleagues about the decisions you make during an interpreting assignment have? The purpose of this workshop is to give an overviewof the constructs of Dean & Pollard’s Demand-Control schema and update participants on current research and best practices process for utilizing the model. Participants will learn how this decision making model can overlay current cognitive process models that we already use. In his book, The Courage to Teach, Parker Palmer says, “The growth of any craft depends on shared practice and honest dialogue among the people who do it.” Supervision is a structured way professionals dialogue about their work with one other in order to analyze decisions made during interpreting assignments. Participants will view a videotaped supervision session and discuss how supervision can be applied to our own work. Other practice professions use this approach to help move their work to the next level. This workshop will help inform your work immediately when you step into an assignment.


Presenter Bio: Daniel Maffia obtained his bachelors degree in American Sign Language/English Interpreting with a minor in Communication from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009. In 2010 he became nationally certified and most recently Daniel earned his Masters in Interpreting Studies with an emphasis in Teaching Interpreting from Western Oregon University in 2014. He has work experience in a variety of settings. Currently he is a program director and senior lecturer for the Bachelors interpreting programs within the department of American Sign Language and English Interpreting Department’s Interpreter Training Program at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Daniel also teaches in NTID’s Master’s in Healthcare interpreting program. Previously Daniel served as a staff interpreter in the Department of Access Services at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Daniel continues to work as both a Video Relay Interpreter at Sorenson Communication, a staff interpreter within a local hospital, and a freelance community interpreter. Daniel has shown his commitment to the field by serving on the board of directors for his local affiliate RID chapter for the past two years in addition to currently volunteering as chairperson of RID’s Certification Committee. In addition he has been a mentor for both practicum students and colleagues. His curriculum development have been centered around developing courses in VRS/VRI and Interpreting for Diverse Deaf Consumers. Finally Daniel’s research interests relate to Supervision and Demand-Control Schema. During his research Daniel had the opportunity to facilitate supervision for various interpreters both spoken language and sign language. Daniel continues to serve as a facilitator for various supervision groups in addition to presenting workshops relating to supervision and reflective practices in the field of interpreting.