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    • 29 Jul 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 5:15 PM
    • The Evergreen State College
    • 25

    NOTIS Community Interpreters Division presents 
    Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, and Self-Care for Interpreters 

    Those working as interpreters, among other fields, talk with people every day who are facing trying and desperate circumstances. The stress of these situations can begin to encroach on interpreters, affecting their health and ability to serve clients. In order to provide sustainable services, it is important for interpreters to focus on self-care to avoid compassion fatigue.

    The goal of this four hour workshop is to train interpreters on the prevalence and impact that compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma have on persons in helping professions. The first portion of the training will help participants understand what compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma are; their causes, symptoms, and consequences; and activities to identify levels of compassion fatigue. The second portion of the workshop aims to help participants create self-care strategies to reduce vicarious trauma and burnout.

      Yvonne Simpson is the Medical Interpreter Supervisor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She holds a Master of Arts in Spanish (Linguistics) and has significant experience in interpreting, translating, teaching and training. Yvonne is a DSHS Certified Spanish Medical Interpreter and is a Certified Medical Interpreter through the National Board. She is also a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator.

    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Check-in at 12:30.
    PLEASE ARRIVE AT 12:30 to sign in.
    Class from 1:00 – 5:15 p.m.

    The Evergreen State College, Seminar II A1107
    2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW, Olympia, WA 98505

    $40      NOTIS members
    $60      Non-members (Click to Join NOTIS).

    Via the web
    (before 5:00 p.m. on July 26th)
    Click on the Register button to register.

    After registering, you will receive an email confirmation; if you do not receive a confirmation, your registration did not go through.

    Mail in registration is not available for this workshop.  
    Please submit a separate registration for each person registering.

    Space in this workshop is limited. Registration will be limited to the first 50 applicants.

    Limited on-site registration will be allowed for this workshop if fewer than 50 participants have pre-registered. The on-site registration fee for NOTIS members will be $50; the on-site fee for non-NOTIS members will be $75. There is no guarantee that there will be handouts available for anyone who does not pre-register.

    We regret that no refunds can be given after July 26th. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before July 26th.

    The Evergreen State College is located at 2700 Evergreen Pkwy in Olympia. The training will take place in Seminar II A1107.

    A map of The Evergreen State College can be found at Parking is free on weekends.

    CE credits?               
    Four continuing education credits are approved from the Washington State DSHS, WA AOC, and CCHI. Four continuing education credits are being requested for this workshop from the ATA.
    Certificates of Attendance will be awarded to all who arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop.

    Anything else?         
    If you require accommodation, please contact the NOTIS Office Manager ( at least 3 weeks in advance if possible.

    In order to offer this workshop at this low price, no refreshments will be served. Please feel free to bring snacks if you wish.

    Questions about class content? Please contact Yvonne Simpson at

    Questions about registration? Please contact Naomi Uchida at
    • 13 Aug 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Seahurst Park, Burien, WA (Coral Shelter)

    Come join us for food, drinks, and fun at our annual NOTIS picnic! It's a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and spend time with friends and family.

    Please bring a potluck dish, or item to grill. NOTIS will provide drinks, snacks, and charcoal for the barbecue. Feel free to bring your guitar, ukulele, or any other fun activity you'd like to share!

    Family and friends of all ages are welcome.  Please RSVP if possible so we can bring enough drinks and snacks. Simply click on "Register" to RSVP. Attendance is free.

    The Coral Shelter is located right along the beach. It is close to parking, the restrooms, and the playground. A map of the park is available here: Seahurst Park

    We have the shelter reserved until 8 pm, so you can stay as late as you like. Hope to see you there!

    • 09 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s Hospital

    Interpreting in Dentistry and Oral Surgery workshop by Alaa Yassin and Layla Arab

    Details coming soon!


    • 09 Sep 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • Brightwater Conference Center

    The Court Interpreters Division (WITS) of the Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society (NOTIS) presents:

    REGISTER NOW! Early Bird ending 8/1/17.

    Larry Mitchell, prosecuting attorney for the City of Redmond, WA since 1993

    Milena Calderari-Waldron, Washington Court and DSHS Medical & Social Services Certified Spanish Interpreter

    Saturday, September 9, 2017
    9:30 – 4:30 PM
    Brightwater Center, Woodinville, WA

    5 CE credits approved by ATA

    CE credits approved by WA AOC and OJC for the following:
        2 General Credits and 3 Ethics Credits

    Pending approval by DSHS, CA CIMCE and ID AOC for 2 General credits and 3 Ethics credits.

    9:30 - 9:55

    Bring your registration confirmation with you. ARRIVE EARLY! No sign-in for credit for morning session allowed after 10:00. No exceptions will be made.

    10:00 – 12:00


     The Duty to Seek Justice
    Larry Mitchell

    • How does a criminal case begin?
    • How does a prosecutor get involved in a criminal case?
    • Procedural steps in court
    • Prosecutor’s process in preparing offer to resolve case
    • Panel discussion: Larry Mitchell along with Tammy McAlyea, Prosecutor.
    12:00 – 12:15 Certificates of attendance for this session will be provided to all who signed in before 10:00 a.m. and stayed until 12:00 p.m.
    12:15 – 1:15 Lunch break - Lunch box provided on-site

    1:15 – 4:30 Ethics

    15 min. break

    Impartiality at any Cost?
    Milena Calderari-Waldron
    Our society has high expectations for professional interpreters. This workshop will explore interpreters’ imperative to be impartial and neutral.

    Workshop outline:

    • Axiology: impartiality, neutrality, integrity & honesty
    • Our all too human brain: heuristics, framing and cognitive dissonance reduction
    • The temptation to advocate: cultural interference and tribalism
    • I was just the interpreter: due obedience and the Nuremberg defense
    • The Good Samaritan’s duty to rescue
    4:30 – 5:00 Certificates of attendance for this session will be provided to all who signed in before 1:15 p.m. and stayed until 4:30 p.m.

    Free all-day parking.
    Brightwater Center, 22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville, WA 98072-6010

    For driving directions, see

    REGISTER NOW to take advantage of Early Bird rates ending 8/1/17.

    Early Bird (Deadline August 1)  Regular (Deadline September 2) Onsite (Space available basis, cash/check payment only)
    NOTIS members $43 $60 $120
     Non-members $60  $75 $120
    NOTIS student members $35 $60 $120

    Registration Instructions:
    Online: Click on the Register button and pay online.

    Each person attending must complete a separate registration.
    Regular mail: All mail registrations must be received by August 30. Fill out the form online and select “invoice me” on the payment page. A copy of the invoice with mailing instructions will be sent to you.
    Onsite registration: Available only if space permits. No membership discounts.
    Canadian registration: Please register via PayPal, or enclose a traveler’s check made payable in US dollars.

    Refunds: Refunds are available only until August 27 of 2017. A $10 administrative charge will be assessed.

    Any questions about content:
    Please contact Luisa Gracia, Court Interpreters (WITS) Division Chair at

    Any questions about registration:
    Please contact Naomi Uchida at

    If you require special assistance or services relating to disabilities to attend this event, please contact Luisa Gracia, Court Interpreters (WITS) Division Chair at no later than 3 weeks prior to the event.


    Payment must be received by August 30.

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