Adapting Interpreting Techniques to Mental Health Settings

  • 10/28/2017
  • 09:00 - 16:30
  • Skagit Valley Hospital—Sahale Conference Room
  • 0


  • Discounted rate for NOTIS member
  • Regular rate for nonmember

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NOTIS and Skagit Valley Hospital present

From Medical to Mental Health: Adapting Interpreting Techniques to Mental Health Settings

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This all-day interactive workshop is designed to prepare experienced interpreters who have already received basic training to provide quality interpreting services in behavioral health settings. It will cover the following topics:     

Introduction to Behavioral Health in the U.S.

  • Definition of “mental health
  • Types of appointments
  • Venues (medical facilities, courts, jails, detention centers, etc.)
  • Practitioners
  • Differences from other healthcare encounters
  • What practitioners are looking and listening for

·         Culture and Behavioral Health
·         Specialized Vocabulary
·         A brief discussion of interpreting for standardized psychological tests
·         A brief discussion of protocols in secured in-patient psychiatric facilities
·         Implications for adjusting interpreting protocols
·         Secondary Trauma and Self Care
·         Practice interpreting activity

Who is teaching?     
Cindy Roat is a national consultant and trainer with 25 years’ experience in the healthcare interpreting field. With an MPH in International Health Services, Cindy has made significant contributions to the healthcare interpreting field in the areas of training, program development, policy formulation, advocacy and organizational outreach. Her written works are key resources for interpreters, providers and administrators alike. Cindy was the principal author of Bridging the Gap, and her most recent book, Healthcare Interpreting in Small Bites, is being used as an ancillary text at many basic training programs. Ms. Roat is a former Co-chair of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC), a founding member of WASCLA, current chair of the Community Interpreter Division of NOTIS, as well as being known nationally as an energetic advocate for the field of health care interpreting and for language access in general.

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Check-in at 8:30 am. PLEASE ARRIVE AT 8:30 to sign in.
Class from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, with a half-hour for lunch

Skagit Valley Hospital—Sahale Conference Room
1415 E Kincaid St, Mount Vernon WA 98274

$60      NOTIS members
$80      Non-members
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Registration? Sold out          
Via the web   before midnight on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017.  
Click “Register” button or click on the link at the bottom of this page and pay online. 

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

Via regular mail (registrations must be received by Monday, October 23rd, 2017.  Fill out the form and select “invoice me” on payment page. A copy of invoice with mailing instructions will be sent to you.
If registering for more than one person, please submit a separate registration for each.

Registration for this class will be limited to the first 45 applicants. There will be no on-site registration. 

We regret that no refunds can be given after
Wednesday, October 25th. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before October 25th. 

Directions to Skagit Valley Hospital can be found at Parking on Saturdays is free and ample in the parking lots and on the streets around the hospital. Conference rooms are next to entrance 13E, which is in the southwest part of the main Skagit Valley Hospital building, between the Internal Medicine clinic and the Skagit Bistro. The closest street corner to entrance 13E is East Kincaid St and South 13th Street, next to parking lots P1 and P7.

In order to offer this unique opportunity at an affordable price, no refreshments will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own water, coffee and snacks. In addition, the hospital’s Bistro cafeteria is open on Saturdays, as is the Whidbey Coffee Stand a little farther down the same hall, with salads, pastries, yogurt, and some breakfast sandwiches in addition to all the usual espresso drinks.

CE credits? Seven continuing education credits have been approved by ATA and CCHI, the Washington State DSHS, the Washington State AOC.              
ATA credits are accepted by IMIA/NBCMI.
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.

Questions about content? Please contact Cindy Roat at

Questions about registration? Please contact Naomi Uchida at
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