Upcoming events

    • 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.



    • 19 Sep 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
    • 10

    Introduction to Interpreting Ethics and Roles in Healthcare
    (This is also a Review of CHIA Standards for Certified Interpreters.  Two CCHI CEUs approved.  NBCMI/IMIA accept CCHI-approvided CE hours.)

    1 - 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017

    Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
    7601 E. Imperial Highway
    Downey, CA 90242 

    This program is hosted by Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.  Their employees will make up the primary audience. 

    All others, up to ten non-County attendees, may register for $20 via this CHIA webpage to ensure a spot and to receive information about the building, room number and parking.

    About the program:  After a brief presentation about patients' rights to language access services, the importance of trained and qualified interpreters, and how the publication, CALIFORNIA STANDARDS FOR HEALTHCARE INTERPRETERS: Ethical Principles, Protocols, and Guidance on Roles & Intervention, is structured to guide interpreters through the complex task of healthcare interpreting, participants will consult their own free copies of the booklet as they discuss common dilemmas in small groups.  Bring your own anecdotes about challenging situations.  This session can be helpful to individuals preparing for certification and for experienced interpreters seeking a review of fundamentals.  

    Who should attend this session?  Individuals who are new to the field, ASL interpreters new to healthcare interpreting, individuals responsible for ensuring that their interpreters have training in ethics and roles, professional interpreters preparing for national certification, and attendees who want to attend a session in which they will have ample opportunity to talk with other interpreters about ethical dilemmas.

    Presenters: Yeonha Teresa Hwang, LAc, OMD, Healthcare Interpreter at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center

    Beverly Treumann, CHITM, CMI, Program and Quality Assurance Director, Health Care Interpreter Network

    With special introduction by Victoria Alvarenga RN, BSN, CRRN, Clinical Instructor, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.

    Certificate of Attendance & a CHIA Standards booklet generously printed for this program by L.A. Care Health Plan will be given to all attendees.

    Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center designates this educational activity as follows: 

    Provider approved California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #00786 for 2 Contact hours

    DHS County employees wear County badges. All others should present proof of online registration received from this website (printed or visible on your smart phone).



    • 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)
    • 11

    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

    LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

    Contact Info: Margaret  Loo
    loom@sutterhealth.org

    CEU Information:
    CCHI: 4 Instructional hours including 2 Performance Based hours
    IMIA / NBCMI accept CEUs approved by CCHI and ATA.
    ATA: 4 Continuing Education points

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

    The purpose of this 4-hour workshop is to introduce healthcare interpreters to medical terminology specifically related to pain management and chemical dependency. Participants will receive terminology, glossaries, and samples of sentences pertaining to these two areas of care. Participants will have the opportunity to practice three modes of interpretation: sight translation, consecutive translation and simultaneous interpretation with specific vocabulary, scenarios and role plays related to pain management and chemical dependency.

    Learning Objectives: Build vocabulary related to commonly abused prescription and non-prescription drugs, and other substances Define and discuss specific vocabulary related to chemical dependency (pill mill, doctor shopping, uppers/downers, enabler, binge drinking, gateway drug, etc.) Consider challenges interpreters face: lack of training, complexity of language (slang, high/low register), complexity of chemical dependency (medical, psychological, social, legal, financial challenges), logistics of appointments (group therapy, simultaneous interpretation equipment) Anticipate what to expect when you are asked to interpreter for chemical dependency patients

    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

12 Aug 2017 Full-Day Interpreting Skills Workshop: Oniine Registration closed. You may register onsite.
10 Aug 2017 CHIA Webinar: "Lessons of the 2nd National Job Task Analysis Study of the Healthcare Interpreter Profession"
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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