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Mentoring—How? What? Who?

May 30, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


The field of interpreting has been talking about the need for and benefits of mentoring for quite some time.  But what exactly IS mentoring?  How does it work?  Can’t you just tell me what I am doing wrong so I can fix it?  Who is a mentor?  What are their qualifications? Where do I find one?  How do I become one? Can mentors get paid?  What can a mentee expect from a mentoring relationship? This workshop attempts to answer these questions and more.

Through large and small group presentations, this workshop will provide information, ideas, techniques, and challenges.  Small group work aligning with areas of interest (educational, medical/mental health, VRS, Deaf interpreting, and new graduates) will allow for focused discussion of the needs of and resources available to each group.

Participants will:

  • Create a common understanding of what a mentoring is (and isn’t)
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of mentors and mentees
  • Recognize the difference between mentoring, teaching and remediation
  • Techniques that are successful in developing the mentoring relationship
  • Develop a schema for how to develop an intensive work/mentoring program
  • Learn about techniques and trends in peer mentoring
  • Work in small groups to develop action plans for becoming a mentor or mentee


Elle Langevin graduated from the USM Linguistics program in 2006, and spent a couple of years working in the beautiful state of Maine before heading off to DC in 2011. Since moving to DC she has been working for Access Interpreting, Inc. as a staff interpreter.  Elle developed and runs AI’s successful internship program which is now in it’s 7th cohort. Bringing together interpreters from all over the country for a semester and working with them to navigate the jump from student to professional has been a fantastic experience and an exercise in patience and creativity.

Richard Zabelski, a Michigan native, moved to Washington, D.C. in 2010 to enter the BAI program at Gallaudet University and later the MAI graduate program. Aside from his collegiate education, he was the first graduate of the Access Interpreting internship program. Since becoming a freelance and then staff interpreter he has continued to work as both a mentor and mentee within the community.  The focus for Richard’s MA degree research was peer mentoring.


This workshop will be offered in ASL or Spoken English depending on the audience.

acet-logoMERID is an approved RID CMP sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This certificate is representative of 0.5 CEUs Professional Studies or 5.0 Contact Hours for Maine Licensure.

Maine RID will provide lunch and host our annual General Meeting during the 12:00-2:00 break.
All are welcome to join the meeting!

Lunch will be brick oven pizza.
If you need a gluten free pizza, please let us know in the Order Notes while purchasing your tickets.

The event will be held in Conference Room 2.


May 30, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Maine General Medical Center
35 Medical Center Parkway
Augusta, ME 04330 United States
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(855) 464-4463


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