Upcoming events

    • 17 Aug 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    • All-Day Virtual Training. Will be Recorded for On Demand Viewing. To Conclude at Approximately 6:30 pm

    CHIA Saturday Webinar Series!

     Saturday August 17, 2024, 9:00am-6:30pm (PDT)

    CHIA is delighted to bring to you five webinar sessions for an all-day special Saturday virtual training day. Sessions will be recorded and offered on demand*. See details below!

    Connecting the dots of Compliance- Breaking apart the complex picture of Compliance and your role as an Interpreter or Translator


    Presenter:  Jodi Bralow

    CEUs: Application in process for IMIA/NBCMI 0.100 and RID. CEUs approved for CCHI 1.00 CE Hour CEAP. 


    Compliance, while necessary, can often be confusing, and understanding the impact it has on your role as an interpreter or translator is crucial. Through this session you will receive tools to help you better connect the dots to the larger picture of Compliance, including: HIPAA, Section 1557, The Joint Commission, and other Federal regulations. You will also glean insight into Fraud, Waste, and Abuse, how to report compliance concerns, and supports in place to ensure your role as an interpreter or translator does not conflict with compliance regulations.


    • Review and understand the term Compliance and its impact on the role of an interpreter and translator.

    • Learn and understand specific regulations in various service industries including HIPAA Compliance, PCI, Joint Commission Regulations, and CMS requirements, and how to ensure compliance while in a session or completing a translation.

    • Use real-life examples to apply regulatory requirements in an interpretation or translation session. 


    As the Vice President of Contracting and Compliance at Language Services Associates, Inc (LSA), Jodi provides strategic guidance on compliance and contracting issues impacting the organization. She oversees LSA’s Contracting, Credentialing, and Compliance Department, including HIPPAA compliance, policies, training, and auditing. A respected leader, Jodi collaborates with stakeholders to build and train teams, ensuring a successful Compliance Program and understanding the operational impact of contracts and solicitation. Previously an Elementary Education teacher, Jodi entered the Compliance field in 2013 at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, managing the institutions-wide Conflict of Interest program.

    Skill Refresher: Note-taking and Symbol Usage in Consecutive Interpretation


    Presenter: William Giller

    CEUs: Application in process for IMIA/NBCMI 0.1500 and CCHI 1.5 CE Hour CEAP. Performance-based CEUs for CCHI are also in process.  


    Join us for an informative refresher on effective note-taking techniques in consecutive interpretation. We will discuss how to optimize our note-taking process to enhance accuracy, memory retention, and overall interpretation quality. This interactive session will explore various methods, tools, and best practices for taking clear, concise, and comprehensive notes during consecutive interpretation. Whether you're a seasoned interpreter or new to the field, this presentation will provide valuable insights to elevate your note-taking skills and improve your interpretation performance. Don't miss this opportunity to sharpen your skills and become a more proficient interpreter!


    • Review best practices for note-taking in the consecutive interpretation mode
    • Discuss creation and implementation of symbols
    • How to leverage note-taking to improve interpretation


    William Giller holds a Master’s degree in Translation and Interpretation (English, Spanish, French) from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He currently works as the Lead Interpreter for AVS translations at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health. He also serves on the board of directors of the Northern California Translators Association, an ATA chapter, as the digital content director.

    Cultivating a Resilient Brain and a Resilient Mindset


    Presenter:  Shaobo (Chris) Jiang

    CEUs: Application in process for IMIA/NBCMI 0.1500, RID and CCHI 1.5 CE Hour CEAP. 


    With Resting, Uplifting, and Movement (RUM) practices, the aim of this presentation is to help medical interpreters, and everyone, become kinder, stronger and happier at work and in their personal lives. RUM first takes attendees on a backstage tour of the brain to understand how our brain handles stress, and the challenges our brain has in this process. We will share a set of concepts and practices that help cultivate a resilient brain and a resilient mindset.


    • Understanding stress from a neuroscience perspective
    • Practices that cultivate a resilient brain
    • Seeing the world through a resilient mindset


    Shaobo is a CCHI Certified Healthcare Interpreter, an ATA Certified Translator, and a Certified Resilience Trainer. He felt connected with self-compassion and resilience practices a few years ago, thanks to all the wellness seminars at his workplace. These practices have helped him a great deal during pandemic and in his everyday life. He is looking forward to sharing some wellness ideas and becoming kinder, stronger and happier with everyone.

    Interpreting for Spiritual Care


    Presenter: Yuliya Speroff

    CEUs: Application in process for CCHI 2 CE Hour CEAP, IMIA/NBCMI 0.200 and RID. Performance-based CEUs for CCHI are also in process. 


    Spiritual Care plays a unique yet essential role in caring for patients, whether the patient practices a particular religion or needs an additional layer of support in the face of a life-changing health event. Even the most experienced interpreters may feel uncertain when interpreting for spiritual care encounters - concerns can range from not being familiar with sacred texts to being able to do a good job when you don't share the patients' beliefs. This interactive workshop will introduce the participants to the work of spiritual care providers, outline specific challenges for interpreters, discuss strategies for overcoming them and provide an opportunity to develop interpreting skills.


    • Describe the work spiritual care providers perform and explain why spiritual care an integral part is of healthcare.
    • Discuss challenges interpreters may face when interpreting during spiritual care encounters and identify strategies for handling these challenges.
    • Perform skill developing exercises to prepare for interpreting in spiritual care encounters.


    Yuliya is a Russian-English CoreCHI-P™- and WA DSHS-certified medical and social services interpreter. In her current role of a supervisor with Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, Yuliya supports the work of a team of staff medical interpreters and manages translation projects. She is certified as both an English and a Russian language instructor with more than 10 years of teaching experience. Yuliya’s experience as an interpreter trainer includes teaching continuing education classes as well as basic medical interpreters training courses for a variety of major professional organizations across the USA.

    Worker's Compensation for Medical Interpreters


    Presenter: Carmen L. Gonzalez

    CEUs: Application in process for IMIA/NBCMI 0.1500, CCHI 1.5 CE Hour CEAP and RID. 


    This session introduces Medical Interpreters to the Worker's Compensation System of CaliforniaMedical Interpreters have to understand and learn technical vocabulary and concepts related to industrial injuries to interpret for injured workers who must be evaluated by AME/QME doctors that will rate their disabilities. Besides being knowledgeable in medical vocabulary, interpreters will need to know workplace safety basics, use of tools and machinery, health and ergonomics, pain and injury terms, types of work accidents, job descriptions, functional capacity programs, and specialized acronyms. We will review forms used in the WC System, and practice skill-building exercises for the sight translation, consecutive and simultaneous interpretation modes.


    • Understanding the Worker's Compensation System.

    • Learn the terminology required for the different assignments to cover in the Worker's Compensation System.

    • Review of the forms used in the Worker's Compensation System.


    Carmen L. Gonzalez, Spanish Certified Court Interpreter in California, Medical Certified Interpreter, and ATA Certified Translatorgraduated from the San Francisco State University Legal/Court Program. She holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and a Business Administrator Degree from the Central American University in Nicaragua, her native country. Carmen has worked as a freelance Spanish Interpreter and Translator in the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, primarily as an interpreter in Worker’s Compensation. She has been an interpreter trainer for more than five years. She is a Licensed Trainer of The Community Interpreter ©, by Cross Cultural Communications.


    The program will commence at 9:00 am and conclude at approximately 6:30 pm. There will be a 30 minute break between each session. CHIA reserves the right to amend the program in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Please ensure you are aware of the time zone for the live streaming of the event:  https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html


    Live attendance on August 17, 2024:

    • CHIA Members: $80 
    • Non-Members: $160                                   

    Important! *Attendees who register before August 17 will be able to use their zoom links to watch their recordings on demand until September 14, 2024. If not viewed by September 14, attendees may re-register and pay for individual sessions when they are released  at a later date for all-access on demand viewing via CHIA's Educational Hub. Registration costs will increase when the webinars becomes available on demand via CHIA's Educational Hub. 

    Become a CHIA Member for $50 It is not necessary to live or work in California to become a member.

    NOTE: Cancelling a paid registration prior to the event will generate a credit for future events, not a refund. Requests for refunds will incur a $10.00 service fee and only possible if received by 6pm Friday August 16, PDT. Cancellation of registration and refunds are not possible after the event. Cancelling your Zoom registration link alone does not cancel your event registration.

    Platform and Recordings:

    The platform will be Zoom and webinars will be recorded. They will be offered on demand on the provision that the quality of the recording is adequate. CHIA cannot guarantee the availability of on demand viewing. 


    CEUs are allocated for each session individually, rather than only as a singular day long program. CEUs for each session are only available by participating in the entire activity. Your viewing will be timestamped in order to issue certificates. 


    All sessions will be presented in English. The content of presentations will apply to both spoken and sign language. Presenters may draw on examples using multiple languages as relevant to their content.

    Training level: 

    The sessions listed are aimed at the working interpreter and applicable to all levels. While students are welcomed to attend all CHIA events, CHIA events are not specifically designed for interpreting students. 



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Past events

17 May 2024 CHIA 24th Annual Conference "A Brave New World"
09 Mar 2024 Interpreting for Pediatric Genetics
07 Oct 2023 Interpreting for Autism Spectrum Disorder Services
12 Aug 2023 CHIA Saturday Webinar Series
24 Jun 2023 Flip the Rx for Interpreting Medications
22 Apr 2023 Speaking While They Speak: Tips to Enhance Your Simultaneous Interpreting Skills
24 Mar 2023 CHIA 23rd Annual Conference "Making Waves"
10 Feb 2023 Intentional Practice: Guided Self Evaluation to Advance Your Interpreting Skills
09 Feb 2023 Intentional Practice: Guided Self Evaluation to Advance Your Interpreting Skills
24 Jan 2023 Advocacy for Health Equity: A Contemporary Approach
12 Jan 2023 Advocacy for Health Equity: A Contemporary Approach Presentation
20 Dec 2022 Remote Interpreting in Pediatric Therapy Settings
15 Dec 2022 Remote Interpreting in Pediatric Therapy Settings
13 May 2022 CHIA 22nd Annual Conference "Give Your Skills a Booster "
12 May 2022 Student Interpreter Symposium *Free*
07 Feb 2022 Basic Principles for Medical Interpreters
06 Mar 2020 Annual Conference "Hindsight in 2020: CHIA's Vision for Language Access"
13 Feb 2020 Genetics: From DNA to Genetic Traits, Diseases, and The Genetic Family Tree
15 Jan 2020 Introduction to Interpreting Roles and Ethics in Healthcare
11 Jan 2020 Checkmate! Different Disease Groups in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
09 Jan 2020 Complicated Encounters & Interpreters Fatigue: Research on the Use of a Tool to Measure Mental Fatigue
12 Dec 2019 Trained Dual Role Interpreters Become Dual Role Nationally Certified Interpreters – The Long and Winding Journey
16 Nov 2019 Preparing to Respond to Interpreting & Translation Needs During a Disaster
16 Nov 2019 Navigating Healthcare Interpreting – Challenges and Solutions for Freelance and In-House Interpreters
14 Nov 2019 Interpreting for Children and Their Families – The IEP
10 Oct 2019 Interpreting for Elderly Patients
12 Sep 2019 Navigating Question and Answer Forms: How to Assist Patients to Fill Out Forms Ethically and Professionally
08 Aug 2019 Learning from Mistakes: Monitoring Errors in Interpreting Performance
03 Aug 2019 Interpreting for Prenatal Genetics
26 Jul 2019 Interpreting for Pediatric Genetics
11 Jul 2019 Brain Power and Emotional Fitness
13 Jun 2019 Interpreting in Labor and Delivery: From Admissions to Discharge
24 May 2019 Introduction to Interpreting Roles and Ethics in Healthcare
09 May 2019 How to Self-Assess Your Interpreting Skillset
11 Apr 2019 US Spanish: Challenges for Translators and Interpreters
08 Mar 2019 ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED - 2019 Annual Education Conference
08 Mar 2019 Medicolegal Interpreting Skills - Online Registration Closed
19 Jan 2019 U.S. Health Care Insurance: Overview of Government Programs
17 Jan 2019 U.S. Health Care Insurance: Overview of Government Programs
13 Dec 2018 Webinar: "Preparing to Respond to Interpreting and Translation Needs During a Disaster: Best Practices and Lessons Learned From the 2017 North Bay Fires"
17 Nov 2018 Vicarious Trauma: Advanced Tools for Interpreters
08 Nov 2018 CHIA Webinar: "Basic Principles for Medical Interpreters "
13 Oct 2018 Interpreting for Chemical Dependency Patients
11 Oct 2018 CHIA Webinar: "Whole-Hearted Interpreting For Half-a-Heart Babies"
03 Oct 2018 Introduction to Interpreting Roles and Ethics in Healthcare
13 Sep 2018 Webinar: Vicarious Trauma, Self-Care, and Demand-Control Schema: What do They Have in Common?
09 Aug 2018 U.S. Health Care Insurance: An Overview of Government Funded Programs and Key Terminology
28 Jul 2018 Interpreting for Patient and Anesthesiologist
12 Jul 2018 Language Access: Effecting Change with Individual Action
14 Jun 2018 Vicarious Trauma and Professional Interpreters
10 May 2018 Vicarious Trauma, Self-Care, and Demand-Control Schema: What do They Have in Common?
02 May 2018 Introduction to Interpreting Ethics and Roles in Healthcare
12 Apr 2018 CHIA Webinar: Preparing to Respond to Interpreting and Translation Needs During a Disaster: Best Practices and Lessons Learned From the 2017 North Bay Fires
08 Feb 2018 CHIA Webinar: Professional Development for Remote Interpreters: What’s in it for Me?
11 Jan 2018 CHIA Webinar: A Question of Ethics or Let the Boat Sink
14 Dec 2017 CHIA Webinar: Interpreting for Chemical Dependency Patients
09 Nov 2017 CHIA Webinar: Bone Up on your Skeletal System
27 Oct 2017 Interpreting for Children and Parents & Interpreting in a Level 1 Trauma Center
14 Oct 2017 Interpreting for Pain Management and Chemical Dependency Patients
12 Oct 2017 CHIA Webinar: Service Matters: The Role of the Interpreter in the Patient Experience
19 Sep 2017 Introduction to Interpreting Ethics and Roles in Healthcare
18 Sep 2017 Sight Translation for Healthcare Interpreters
14 Sep 2017 CHIA Webinar: Five Essential Strategies to Collaborate with Pediatric Speech Language Pathologists
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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