Cyber Ethics and E-Professionalism: Take a Look at Yourselfie (Live Webinar August 22nd) (3 hrs) (English)

Cyber Ethics and E-Professionalism: Take a Look at Yourselfie (Live Webinar August 22nd) (3 hrs) (English)

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Date: August 22, 2020

Time: 9am-12pm MDT/11pm-2pm EDT

RID CEUs: 0.3 PS

Workshop Language: Spoken English

Cost: $35

Workshop Description:

Ethical decision-making isn’t what it used to be. Interpreters are utilizing social media platforms more and more as a venue for discussing our work and to show the general public what interpreting is all about. This brings up important questions regarding ethical decision-making in the context of virtual meeting spaces. As professionals, we want to respect the community that we serve and ensure confidentiality. As allies, we want to spotlight the Deaf community in everything that we do and the things that we share. As people, we want to behave in ways that protect our reputation and ensure mental health. Social media and other online platforms offer a new approach to the process of debriefing with colleagues about our work, but is it an appropriate space for such conversations? The language of RID’s CPC does not explicitly address the 21st-Century, technology-based ethical decisions that today’s ASL interpreters encounter minute by minute. This workshop reviews the ways in which technology and social media use have affected our ideas of professionalism. Together as professionals, we will think beyond the traditional ethics instruction of our training and explore decision-making and ethics in cyber-space. It is timely to ask challenging questions regarding cyber ethics and e-professionalism, such as: if I remove names, is it acceptable for me to describe a work experience in a Facebook group? if I’m going to interpret a show at the local theatre, can I put their flier on my Facebook page to increase ticket sales? how much press is too much press for an ASL interpreter being paid to provide access?

Educational Objectives:

At the end of workshop, interpreters will be able to:

  1. Apply the disinhibition effect to the field of interpreting and ethical decision-making
  2. Analyze interactive social media sites for potential ethical and professional implications.
  3. Identify applications of original 1964 Code of Ethics and our current Code of Professional Conduct to ethical scenarios based in cyber spaces.

Presenter Bios:

Donna Flanders graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in Interpretation for the Deaf in 1991 and immediately relocated to Georgia to become an educational interpreter in the metro-Atlanta area. In 1999, Donna left the full-time workforce to expand her career working in the community. As an independent contractor, Donna has worked in a variety of settings, both in Georgia, across the States and even abroad. In the field of performance, she has had the opportunity to interpret on Broadway as a part of her training as a theatrical interpreter and has worked for more than 20 years in performance interpreting and coordinating interpreting services in the theaters in and around Atlanta. Donna has taught numerous workshops specifically designed for ASL learners and working interpreters and has also had the pleasure of presenting at several RID national-level conferences. Currently, Donna works on staff at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf in Clarkston, Georgia, interpreting for the staff and faculty, but also working on special interpreted projects related to the education and language nutrition of Deaf children. In recent years, Donna has earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Interpreting Pedagogy. As a seasoned professional working in the field of interpreting for over 30 years, Donna looks forward to meeting you and supporting you wherever you may be on your journey.


Tomina J. Schwenke, PhD, ABPP, CI, CT, QMHI is a licensed and board certified psychologist. She earned a doctoral degree at Georgia State University and completed her internship and postdoctoral training at Emory University School of Medicine with a specialization in forensic psychology. She is an Assistant Professor in the Emory Psychiatry and Law Service, is the director of Emory’s jail-based Competency Restoration program, and provides therapy to individuals, couples, and families at the Emory Clinic. Early in her career, she earned two master’s degrees from New York University in Counseling and Deafness Rehabilitation and she worked at the Foundling Hospital in Deaf Services and Lexington School and Center for the Deaf.  She graduated from City University of New York-LaGuardia Community College’s interpreting program, is a nationally certified sign language interpreter and holds the Qualified Mental Health Interpreter certification. She loves interpreting in mental health, educational, religious, and theatrical settings and has publications related to interpreter burnout, forensic psychology, and perfectionism.


Full refunds will be given for all written (emailed) requests received by August 22nd at 11:59pm. No refunds will be given for requests received after that time but funds may be used toward a future Zaboosh workshop.


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Non-Discrimination Policy:

Zaboosh does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. 

This workshop is geared toward working ASL interpreters and interpreting students and will be presented in Spoken English.

*RID credits are sponsored by Zaboosh. Zaboosh is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for .3 CEUs at the Some Content Knowledge Level.

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