Upcoming events

    • 10 Aug 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Online Webinar

    Thursday, August 10, 2017, 10 a.m. Pacific time

    Presenter: Natalya Mytareva

    Cost: $15 CHIA Members / $20 Non-Members

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. Follow the provided instructions immediately to acquire your unique link that will allow you to join the live webinar.

    Topic description: 

    In May-June 2016, CCHI conducted the 2nd national Job Task Analysis (JTA) survey of the healthcare interpreter profession in order to validate and update the current definition of the profession and the content of the corresponding certification examinations. JTA is an opportunity to reflect on the professional tasks and responsibilities. The survey was completed by over 2,000 respondents. The presentation will highlight the composite “portrait” of the healthcare interpreter based on the demographic section of the survey. It will exemplify which job tasks and corresponding knowledge, skills and abilities are considered most critical to the profession as evident from the survey responses. The presentation will also discuss the implications of the JTA results for certification candidates as well as for healthcare interpreter trainers and curriculum developers.


    Natalya Mytareva, M.A., CoreCHI™, is Managing Director of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and one of its founding Commissioners. In 2000-2013, Natalya was Communications Director at the International Institute of Akron, a non-profit refugee resettlement agency in Ohio. She is the author and instructor of several courses for healthcare and court interpreters, with the focus on languages of lesser diffusion. Natalya was a Vice President of CCIO in 2000-2006. Natalya is a Russian interpreter/translator, and started her career as instructor of interpretation/translation courses at Volgograd State University (Russia) in 1991. She holds a combined BA/MA degree from VSU in Philology & Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

    This webinar is accredited by CCHI for 1.0 of instructional hour.  NBCMI now accepts CCHI CEUs.


    • 12 Aug 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Madera, Ca

    Full-Day Interpreting Skills Workshop 

    8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017

    Valley Children’s Hospital
    Room G150 A&B
    9300 Valley Children’s Place
    Madera, CA 93636

    1.  Hematologic Diseases in Childhood (8 -10 a.m.)
    Presenter: Latha Rao, MD

    2.  Simultaneous Interpreting & Sight Translation (10:15 am – 12:15 pm)
    (CCHI - Performance Based CE Workshop)
    Presenter: Tracy Young, RN, CHITM

    3.  Bone Up On Your Skeletal System (1:15 – 2:15 pm)
    Presenter: Tracy Young, RN, CHITM

    4.  Interpreting in Victim Services: Wellness Techniques (2:30 – 4:30 pm
    Presenter: Tracy Young, RN, CHITM

    CEU Information:
    Hematologic Diseases: 2 CCHI CE Instructional hours

    Simultaneous/Sight Translation: 2 CCHI Performance Based CE Hours

    Skeletal: 1 CCHI CE Instructional hour

    Wellness Techniques: 2 CCHI CE Instructional hours
    7 ATA CE Points for attending full-day workshop

    You must be present the entire length of the workshop to earn pre-approved CEUs. No partial credit is offered.

    Day Schedule:
    7:30 – 8 am Registration and Breakfast
    8 am – 4:30 pm Workshops
    12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch will be provided

    CHIA-Member $100.00
    Non-Member  $120.00

    On-line pre-registration is required at www.chiaonline.org

    * Registration will open Monday, June 26, 2017 *

    Questions:. Valley Children’s Interpreter Services (559) 353-5283 or (559) 353-5292


    Hematologic Diseases in Childhood

    A comprehensive course that includes care of the patient with hematologic diagnoses. Overview of childhood illnesses, long term effects of treatment, and a discussion on challenges interpreters face when interpreting this subject.

    Presenter: Latha Rao, MD

    Dr. Rao is Board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Her areas of clinical interest include sickle cell disease and bleeding disorders.

    Dr. Rao has presented various topics in Hematology. She is a member of several professional societies, including the American Society of Hematology, and American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

    Simultaneous Interpreting & Sight Translation

    Sight Translation: During this workshop we will emphasize and practice the importance of public speaking skills when sight translating. We will also dive into deep document analyzation with pair and group work.

    Simultaneous Interpreting: During this workshop we will emphasize and practice many short, strong, and stable techniques to improve your simultaneous interpreting. You will be able to apply these to your independent personal simultaneous practice. We will collaboratively set a goal or two to continue this journey!

    Bone Up On Your Skeletal System

    Students will participate in lively discussion regarding the axial and appendicular skeletal system, joints, and major bone disorders. We will apply and evaluate the new knowledge through movement exercises. In addition, participants will engage in “Flipped Learning” techniques in order to continue their growth outside of the classroom.

    Interpreting in Victim Services: Wellness Techniques

    Students will participate in discussion regarding the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma. Techniques to manage interpreter’s emotional response before, during and after victim service encounters will be introduced. Students will apply and evaluate the new knowledge through role play, as well as design a self- care plan. In addition, participants will engage in “Flipped Learning” techniques in order to continue their growth outside of the classroom.

    Presenter: Tracy Young, RN, CMI

    Tracy Young is a registered nurse and an accomplished medical interpreter (CMI). She is an interpreter trainer, presenter, and long-time advocate for the profession. Tracy has given a variety of workshops across the United States, and most recently in Spain. Tracy is the Language Access Services coordinator at Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe, California. She holds a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Nevada, Reno and is the founding president of the Nevada Interpreters and Translators Association.

    • 14 Sep 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Online Webinar

    Five Essential Strategies to Collaborate with Pediatric Speech Language Pathologists

    This presentation focuses on providing five essential strategies for intermediate to advanced medical interpreters working with Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) in a pediatric outpatient clinical setting. Specific instruction related to administering speech and language assessment measures will be explained. Specialized assessment protocols, reflective dialogue, and pertinent vocabulary will be emphasized to empower the interpreter to collaborate with the SLP, resulting in higher quality of service and a more fluid interaction.

    Presenters: Sarah 
    Rodriguez, CMI, and Anna Kulaski, M.S., CCC-SLP

    CCHI: 1 Continuing Education hours
    NBCMI and IMIA accept CCHI- and ATA-approved continuing education hours.

    Anna Ausborn Kulaski, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a senior speech-language pathologist in the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center’s Pediatric Speech and Language Clinic. She specializes in pragmatic/communication interventions for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and is the lead diagnostician and treating clinician working with LEP children. Kulaski coordinates the continuing education program for the pediatric speech and language clinic and presents frequently on intervention techniques for ASD and LEP populations. She received her undergraduate degree in Creative Writing/World Literature from the University of Evansville and her master’s degree from Tennessee State University.

    Sarah P. Rodriguez, CMI, ThB, SA, studied at Faith School of Theology and the University of Arkansas. Her professional experiences include high school Spanish teacher /supervisor, assistant principal, registered court interpreter, and certified medical interpreter. She has worked as an interpreter or teacher in the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, Honduras, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. She joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2009 as a medical interpreter and obtained NBCMI certification in 2012. She collaborates with the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center pediatric division, coordinates the Interpreters’ Glossary Project, and the Shadowing Program for Vanderbilt undergraduate students. She is a member of ATA, CHIA, IMIA and TAPIT.

    • 12 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Online Webinar

    Gayle Tang

    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 8:45 AM - 1:30 PM
    • California Pacific Medical Center (Pacific Campus)
    • 30

    "Interpreting for Pain Management and Chemical Dependency Patients"

    Presenter: Judit Marin, M.A.

    Saturday, October 14, 2017

    8:45 to 1:30 (breaks included)

    8:45 a.m   Sign-in and refreshments

    California Pacific Medical Center (Pacific Campus)

    2333 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115

    (Main Entrance)

    Meeting room information will be sent to all who pre-register online.

    ParkingMedical Center Parking Garage  at 2401 Clay Street. (entrance on Clay St, cross street Webster). Or, there is limited street meter parking. (Parking in the garage or on the street is at your own expense)

    Registration: Thru 10/9/17  After 10/9/17

    CHIA-Member  $80.00           $100.00

    Non-Member $100.00            $120.00

    Pre-registration on-line is required


    Contact Info:    Margaret  Loo loom@sutterhealth.org

    CEUs are pending but we anticipate:

    CCHI: 4 Instructional hours

    ATA: 4 Continuing Education points

    IMIA / NBCMI accept CEUs approved by CCHI and ATA.

    Performance Based CE activities in this workshop include practice exercises for sight translation, consecutive, and simultaneous interpretation.

    Judit Marin is a freelance Spanish interpreter, translator, and trainer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an ATA certified (English>Spanish) translator and a California Certified Medical Interpreter. She holds a M.A. in Spanish from U.C. Santa Barbara and a B.A. degree in Catalan Philology from the University of Barcelona. She currently serves as NCTA Continuing Education Director. Mrs. Marin has been a seminar leader for the “Living in America Program” offered by the California courts for the past 6 years. Contact her at info@marinlanguageservices.com and follow her on Twitter @juditoak.

    • 27 Oct 2017
    • Oakland, CA

    Friday, October 27, 2017

    Two Workshops:

    1: "Interpreting for Children and Parents," 3 hours

    2: TBA, 3 hours

    Presenter: Alvaro Vergara Mery, PhD, CMI

    UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

    • 09 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Online Webinar

    Tracy Young, Topic To Be Announced

Past events

13 Jul 2017 CHIA Webinar: Interpreting for Sexual and Gender Minorities
24 Jun 2017 Service Matters: The Role of the Interpreter in the Patient Experience
17 Jun 2017 Interpreting in Workers' Compensation Medical Appointments
08 Jun 2017 CHIA Webinar: Five National Quality Measures for Language Services in Healthcare
19 May 2017 Interpreting for Cancer Genetics
11 May 2017 CHIA Webinar: End of Life Act – Implementation and Interpreter Preparation at UCSF Health and UCLA Health (Time stated below is Pacific Time.)
21 Apr 2017 Interpreting for Cancer Genetics
13 Apr 2017 CHIA Webinar: Healthcare Interpreter’s Elusive Quest to Maintain Register (Time Stated Below is Pacific)
17 Mar 2017 2017 Annual Educational Conference - online registration closed
09 Feb 2017 Dermatology Basics: I can interpret the term, but what does it mean? (Time stated below is Pacific Time.)
26 Jan 2017 Introduction to Interpreting Ethics and Roles in Healthcare
21 Jan 2017 Interpreting for Cancer Genetics - SESSION FULL
12 Jan 2017 Taking Care of Your Money Maker: Voice Care and Prevention of Voice Disorders for Professional Interpreters
09 Dec 2016 Interpreting in Mental Health and Behavioral Health Services
08 Dec 2016 Ins and Outs of the Digestive System
12 Nov 2016 CANCELLED - I Haven't Had My Sex Reassignment Surgery Yet: Interpreting for Gender Non-conforming Patients
10 Nov 2016 HIPAA for Interpreters: Understanding and Supporting Compliance
13 Oct 2016 Technology for Language Services: Buyer Beware, Roat
24 Sep 2016 REGISTRATION CLOSED - Interpreting Profanity, Insulting and Embarrassing Language, Euphemisms, Slang and Idioms in Health Care
15 Sep 2016 Understanding the Interpreter’s Responsibilities and Limits in carrying out California’s END OF LIFE OPTION ACT
10 Sep 2016 Interpreting for Cancer Genetics - REGISTRATION CLOSED
11 Aug 2016 CHIA Webinar: Interpreting Culture 101
28 Jul 2016 Fragile Moments: Interpreting for Families in the NICU
16 Jul 2016 Interpreting for Cancer Genetics
14 Jul 2016 CHIA Webinar: Navigating Choppy Waters - How to Intervene in an Interpreted Encounter without Capsizing
21 Jun 2016 Introduction to Interpreting Ethics and Roles in Healthcare
21 Jun 2016 Introduction to Interpreting Ethics and Roles in Healthcare
11 Jun 2016 Interpreting for Cancer Genetics
09 Jun 2016 CHIA Webinar: Turning Your Thermostat Down - Preserving Emotional & Physical Energy When Vicarious Trauma Sets In
12 May 2016 CHIA Webinar - Memory and Note-taking
10 May 2016 Introduction to Interpreting Ethics and Roles in Healthcare
30 Apr 2016 Interpreting in Workers' Compensation - Registration closed
21 Apr 2016 CHIA Webinar - National Interpreter Certification Exams - Preparing for Part 1
09 Apr 2016 Regionalisms / Interpreting for Cancer Genetics
11 Mar 2016 2016 Annual Educational Conference - ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED
21 Jan 2016 EVENT FULL: Interpreting for Survivors of Family Violence & Abuse, Trauma and in Mental Health Settings
14 Jan 2016 CHIA Webinar - Tax Tips for Freelance Interpreters
13 Jan 2016 Introduction to Interpreting Ethics and Roles in Healthcare
10 Dec 2015 CHIA Webinar - HIPAA for Interpreters: Understanding and Supporting Compliance
12 Nov 2015 CHIA Webinar - Title VI for Medical Interpreters: Supporting Language Access and Federal Compliance
25 Sep 2015 CHIA Standards Training
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