Have you been told as an interpreter:

"You're just the interpreter"

"Be careful of your boundaries"

"Just do your job"

These phrases are repeated so often that we even say them to ourselves!

These phrases (and others like them) are dismissive of your concerns ~~

~ these phrases suggest that your concerns don't matter ~

You're likely the one who knows your work best. You were there! If you have a concern, then it certainly matters and should not be dismissed. 

Your concerns should be talked about and analyzed. It is what makes us better interpreters!

👇🏻This course helps you do just that 👇🏻

This course gives you the tools to explain with confidence

the context and the consequences of your decisions!

What is DC-S?

Demand control schema (DC-S) is a series constructs, terminology, and processes based on the idea that community interpreting is a practice profession. Understanding and responding to the the context and making decisions based on the consequences of those decisions are the two main components of DC-S. Ultimately DC-S allows students, practitioners, and educators engage in a shared and productive conversation about community interpreting.

Perhaps you've heard of DC-S

Or, know it already because of

  • DC-S Textbook

    Maybe you read the textbook when you were a student.

  • DC-S Workshop

    Maybe you've attended a workshop at some point.

  • DC-S in Practice

    Maybe you already use itin your work and discussions.

You may have learned DC-S from others, but this course is taught by me, the creator of DC-S, Robyn K. Dean:

How's the course designed?

The course is based on the ten chapters of the DC-S textbook, Demand Control Schema: Interpreting as a Practice Profession.

But since the textbook activities were designed for students to apply the material, I have created a whole set of different activities designed for working interpreters.

  • Each chapter provides access to chapter content in addition to a summary presentation designed to highlight important key concepts.

  • Each chapter comes with a workbook of activities designed for the application of each concept specifically to your interpreting practice.

  • In addition to the self-study work, there will be a series of live, monthly online question and answer sessions with me. Dates are listed below!

Will this course help me pass RID's Certification Test?

While we can't promise, please note that the DC-S textbook is the only ethics resource on the recommended reading list for preparing for the test. This course is designed to ensure you understand and apply each chapter's material!

How the course is structured:

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  • 1

    Introduction to the DC-S Signature Course

    • Introduction to the DC-S Signature Course

  • 2

    Chapter 1: Demands of Interpreting

    • Demands of Interpreting: Text

    • Demands of Interpreting: PowerPoint Summary

    • Demands of Interpreting: Quiz

    • Demands of Interpreting: Workbook Tasks

    • Demands of Interpreting: Reflection Questions

  • 3

    Chapter 2: Controls of Interpreting

    • Controls of Interpreting: Text

    • Controls of Interpreting: PowerPoint Summary

    • Controls of Interpreting: Quiz

    • Controls of Interpreting: Workbook Tasks

    • Controls of Interpreting: Reflection Questions

  • 4

    Chapter 3: DC-S Rubric

    • DC-S Rubric: Text

    • DC-S Rubric: PowerPoint Summary

    • DC-S Rubric: Quiz

    • DC-S Rubric: Workbook Tasks

    • DC-S Rubric: Reflection Questions

  • 5

    Chapter 4: EIPI Categories

    • EIPI Categories: Text

    • EIPI Categories: PowerPoint Summary

    • EIPI Categories: Quiz

    • EIPI Categories: Workbook Tasks

    • EIPI Categories: Reflection Questions

  • 6

    Chapter 5: D - C Interactions

    • D - C Interactions: Text

    • D-C Interactions: PowerPoint Summary

    • D-C Interactions: Quiz

    • D-C Interactions: Workbook Tasks

    • D-C Interactions: Reflection Questions

  • 8

    Chapter 7: Demand Constellations

    • Demand Constellations: Text

    • Demand Constellations: PowerPoint Summary

    • Demand Constellations: Quiz

    • Demand Constellations: Workbook Tasks

    • Demand Constellations: Reflection Questions

    • Demand Constellations: Bonus Content

  • 9

    Chapter 8: Consequences

    • Consequences: Text

    • Consequences: PowerPoint Summary

    • Consequences: Quiz

    • Consequences: Workbook Tasks

    • Consequences: Reflection Questions

  • 10

    Chapter 9: Dialogic Work Analysis

    • Dialogic Work Analysis: Text

    • Dialogic Work Analysis: PowerPoint Summary

    • Dialogic Work Analysis: Quiz

    • Dialogic Work Analysis: Workbook Tasks Part 1

    • Dialogic Work Analysis: Workbook Task Part 2

    • Dialogic Work Analysis: Reflection Questions

  • 11

    Chapter 10: The Reflective Practice of Supervision

    • The Reflective Practice of Supervision: Text

    • The Reflective Practice of Supervision: Summary Presentation

    • The Reflective Practice of Supervision: Quiz

    • The Reflective Practice of Supervision: Sample Case Discussion

    • The Reflective Practice of Supervision: Workbook Tasks

    • The Reflective Practice of Supervision: Case Write-up

    • The Reflective Practice of Supervision: Demand Constellations

    • The Reflective Practice of Supervision: DCCRD Analysis

    • Case Analysis: Compare your analyses with mine

    • The Reflective Practice of Supervision: Reflection Questions

  • 12


    • Dean & Pollard, 2001: Application of demand-control theory to sign language interpreting: Implications for stress and interpreter training

    • Dean & Pollard, 2005: Consumers and service effectiveness in interpreting work: A practice profession perspective.

    • Dean & Pollard, 2011: Context-based ethical reasoning in interpreting: A demand control schema perspective.

    • Dean & Pollard, 2012: Beyond “interesting”: Using demand control schema to structure experiential learning.

    • Dean & Pollard, 2018: Promoting the use of normative ethics in the practice profession of community interpreting

    • Curtis, 2018; Views Article

  • 13

    Continuing Professional Development / Continuing Education Units

    • Evaluation and CEU Documentation

  • 14

    DC-S Textbook

    • DC-S Textbook Chapter 1

    • DC-S Textbook Chapter 2

    • DC-S Textbook Chapter 3

    • DC-S Textbook Chapter 4

    • DC-S Textbook Chapter 5

    • DC-S Textbook Chapter 6

    • DC-S Textbook Chapter 7

    • DC-S Textbook Chapter 8

    • DC-S Textbook Chapter 9

    • DC-S Textbook Chapter 10

  • 15

    Recorded Live Sessions

    • 29 March Live Session Ch. 1- 5

Ready to register?

Purchase course (2.0 CEUs) for $224

Dates and times (New York or ET) for Q&A live sessions are (recorded for later viewing) :

10th of May, 3pm – 4pm
25th of May, 7:30 pm – 8:30pm
14th of June, 3pm – 4pm
29th of June, 7:30 pm – 8:30pm
12th of July, 3pm – 4pm
27th of July, 7:30 pm – 8:30pm

[More dates to be added for Autumn]

FAQ about the course

  • Do you offer RID CEUs? How many?

    The course is worth 2.0 CEUs or 20 hours of CPD. Certificates available upon completion.

  • How long will the course be available?

    There really is no official close to the course. The materials will always be available. But the course is designed for you to complete the course within 5- 6 months.

  • Do I need to buy the textbook for this course?

    No. All textbook content will be made available in the course. However, if you wish to buy the textbook, you can get it at a 40% discount off the normal price for a price of $30 (plus shipping). If you would like to take advantage of this discount, email me at robyn@demandcontrolschema.com.

  • I purchased your "Teach Online with DC-S", are these materials to be shared?

    The terms and conditions limit the use of these course materials to one person; the materials in this course are not licensed to be shared (per the terms and conditions).

  • I already know DC-S; I have read the textbook, is this course for me?

    The exercises that accompany each chapter of the textbook are nothing like you would have seen before. It is not just about learning content but applying it. The application material in this course would be 'new' for almost everyone. The course will also serve as a pre-requisite for future courses offered by me (including an upcoming case analysis course). If you're still unsure, email me at robyn@demandcontrolschema.com and we can set up a time to chat about it!

I'm still learning new things!

Alex Wright

Former student, practitioner, Peace Corps volunteer

"No matter how many times I have read this textbook, listened to your lectures, seen you present, or engaged in discussions about interpreting work, I still find myself learning new things... every time."

What have others said about DC-S?

DC-S can transform your practice:

  • Wow! This is phenomenal...I feel that this will change the whole field of interpreting. Truly a new and refreshing concept and practice.

  • The entire concept of the DC-S has given me a refreshing and very useful perspective on the interpreting profession. I feel like I have more choices available to me in my decision-making!

  • A transformative paradigm shift that will help interpreters in profound ways. Thank you for your articulation of these important concepts!!!

  • Robyn, you've really helped to validate all the instinctual decisions I’ve made along the way. DC-S will help refine my decision making. Will help me articulate decision-making processes with mentees, students, and colleagues.

  • DC-S will affect my work forever. I can now look at interpreting situations and know how to analyze and handle them appropriately.

  • I can't emphasize enough how important I think the work you do is. I can now look at interpreting situations and know how to analyze and handle them appropriately.

Thanks, but... I already know DC-S

Yes, most interpreters understand the basics

But there are often misunderstandings and most struggle to effectively implement and explain values-based decision making.

You can check your understanding of DC-S with a quiz!

Ready to register?

Purchase course (2.0 CEUs) for $224

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