Compassion Fatigue / Cultural Competence (2 classes)

  • 04/21/2018
  • 2 sessions
  • 04/21/2018, 08:00 12:00 (PDT)
  • 04/21/2018, 13:00 17:00 (PDT)
  • Skagit Valley Hospital
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  • Both classes of morning session and afternoon session for Non NOTIS member
  • Both classes of morning session and afternoon session for NOTIS member

Please complete payment within two weeks after registration. Registration will be cancelled if payment is not complete within two weeks from registration date.
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Traffic alert! Downtown Seattle traffic on I-5 will be very impacted by construction this weekend. Please consult the traffic advisories to avoid being late to class if you are driving through Seattle!

NOTIS Community Interpreters Division and Skagit Valley Hospital present

Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, and Self-Care for Interpreters


Deep Dive into Cultural Competence

(Two workshops in one day!)

  1. 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.

When?  Saturday, April 21, 2018

Check-in at 7:30 a.m. PLEASE ARRIVE AT 7:30 to sign in.
Class from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 2. Deep Dive into Cultural Competence

This four-hour highly interactive class addresses very personal topics. Come prepared to take a walk through your own cultural landscape and think about how to manage that landscape when you are interpreting. We will look at how to assess and respond to the cultural landscapes of the patient, the family, the care providers, and the overarching Bio-Medical environment.

We will also practice cultural interventions, partnering with the care team to support them in engaging fully with the patient. A key goal of the class is to learn mechanisms to avoid ever speaking for the patient, but rather how to suggest to the parties that perhaps more communication about cultural underpinnings of the conversation would be useful.

Linda Golley is a training specialist at MasterWord. She is a Commissioner for CCHI, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters. She teaches Infection Control and Industrial Safety for Medical Interpreters across the country, as well as other health-related classes.

When? SATURDAY, April 21st, 2018, 1:00 -5:00 PM

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

Where?  Skagit Valley Hospital Sahale Conference Rooms
1415 E Kincaid St Mount Vernon WA 98274

Cost?  $60 NOTIS members, $80 Non-members (Click to Join NOTIS).

Registration?  Via the web (before midnight on April 18th)
Click the register button below to register.

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

If registering for more than one person, please submit a separate registration for each.

Mail in registration is not available for this workshop.  

Registration will be limited to the first 50 applicants.

Refunds?  We regret that no refunds can be given after April 18th, 2018. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before April 18th.

Directions? Skagit Valley Hospital is located at 1415 E Kincaid St. in Mount Vernon. The training will take place in the Sahale Room. Sahale Room is located at 13E on the map of Skagit Valley Hospital.
Click HERE to view a map of Skagit Valley Hospital.

Parking is free on weekends.   

Food? 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. ALSO, the hospital’s Bistro cafeteria is open on Saturdays, and the Whidbey Coffee Stand can be found a little farther down the same hall, with salads, pastries, yogurt, and some breakfast sandwiches in addition to all the usual espresso beverages.

CE credits? Compassion Fatigue workshop: Four (4) continuing education credits are approved from WA AOC, Washington State DSHS, ATA, and CCHI.  ATA credits are accepted by IMIA/NBCMI.

Cultural Competence workshop: 3 & 1 ECEC continuing education credits are approved from the Washington State DSHS. 3.75 continuing education credits are approved from CCHI. Four (4) continuing education credits are approved from WA AOC and ATA. 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 class content or logistics? Please contact Yvonne Simpson at for contents of Compassion Fatigue Vicarious Trauma, and Self-Care for Interpreters workshop.

Please contact Linda Golley at for contents of Deep Dive into Cultural Competence workshop.

Please contact Maria Carr at for logistics.

Questions about registration? Please contact Naomi Uchida at

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