Interpreting for Pediatric Genetics

  • 09 Mar 2024
  • 8:30 AM - 3:40 PM
  • On Site training at: Herbst Hall Auditorium. 1600 Divisadero St. 2nd floor, San Francisco, CA


  • Registration includes a promotional 1-year Individual Membership.


Saturday March 9, 2024, in person training day

Arrival and Sign in: 8:30 am. No on-site registrations permitted. 

Class: 9:00 am - 3:10 pm. (breaks included)

Location: Hosted by UCSF. Herbst Hall Auditorium, 1600 Divisadero St. 2nd floor, San Francisco

Presenter: Claudia Ribota Lindgren, CHI LLB


  • CHIA members: $110
  • Non-Members: $170 
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    NOTE: No refunds. Account credit towards future CHIA webinars are possible if a cancellation is received before 9:00 am Friday March 8, 2024. CHIA reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule a training or cancel a registration for low registration or any other reason.  

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    • CCHI 6.0 CE hours: 4 general CE and 2 PB 
    • IMIA/NBCMI 0.6000 CEUs
    • RID Activity 0.60 CEUs in Professional Studies. TSID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities.
    *CEUs are available by participating in the entire activity (8:30 am - 3:10 pm). If you leave early or arrive late, we are not able to grant you CEUs.



    This 6-hour workshop is a special opportunity for interpreters to learn to work in the fast-changing field of pediatric genetics, using a new curriculum in collaboration with the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. This workshop introduces basic concepts in genetics, introduces the providers on the genetic services team, walks through what to expect in a pediatric genetic consult, and discusses genetic testing. Technical vocabulary is introduced and exercises help the interpreter learn the vocabulary both in English and a non-English language. Finally, interpreting exercises based on real-life prenatal interviews create opportunities for practice. Language-specific glossaries and practice exercises are provided in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Arabic.


    1. To become familiar with the concepts of pediatric genetics and test knowledge against exercises, pre and posttests and discussions for self paced learning.
    2. To practice technical vocabulary relevant to a pediatric genetics encounter in practical interpreting exercises and advance the interpreters knowledge and confidence.
    3. To participate in exercises based on real-life pediatric genetics encounters to develop personalized strategies that address challenges inherit in this specialty.

    Presenter Bio: 

    Claudia Ribota Lindgren, CHI LLB is a trainer and certified interpreter. She interprets in legal and medical settings, working consistently to stay on top of this quickly-developing field. Claudia has over 20 years of experience interpreting in on-site encounters and remotely via telephone, video, and conference interpreting. Claudia has facilitated cancer-support groups, and has extensive experience in teaching oncology, genetics, counseling, and for general medical settings. To meet her clients' demands for accurate and precise interpretations, Claudia has developed several effective techniques for supporting communication between providers and LEPs in all modalities.


    This class will be taught in English. The subject matter applies to both spoken and sign language. Invite a language partner!

    Training level:

    This class is designed for interpreters who have already received basic interpreting training. As such, it does not address basic interpreting skills, ethics or protocols, but rather focuses on helping working interpreters improve their understanding of the content and vocabulary they will encounter in pediatric genetics appointments.


    Complimentary coffee, water and snacks will be provided. Attendees may bring their own lunch or purchase lunch from a surrounding establishment. Please note that no microwave or kitchen access will be available. 

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    COVID and safety protocols:

    All persons entering the premises are required to follow all venue guidelines for visitors.  



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