Making the Tough Decisions: Ethical Decision-making for Interpreters in Health Care

  • 03/16/2019
  • 09:00 - 12:00
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital, 70th & Sand Point
  • 6


Please complete payment within two weeks after registration. Registration will be cancelled if payment is not complete within two weeks from registration date.

 NOTIS and Community Interpreter Division present

Making the Tough Decisions: Ethical Decision-making for Interpreters in Health Care

The world of the healthcare interpreter is fraught with difficult ethical dilemmas and the need for making in-the-moment decisions. For example, if a patient asks that certain information not be interpreted, do you keep it confidential even if the non-disclosure may harm the patient? Do you interpret everything accurately even when the message could impact or destroy the patient-provider relationship? Do you withdraw from a medical encounter that is too complicated for you when that means the patient will get no interpreter at all? How is an interpreter to decide?

This workshop will introduce experienced healthcare interpreters to a process for thinking about these difficult situations and for quickly making ethical decisions about what to do.

The class will begin with a quick review and comparison of two Codes of Ethics: theNational Code of Ethics for Interpreters in Health Care and DSHS’ Interpreter, Translator, and Licensed Agency Personnel Code of Professional Conduct. Participants will then learn the ethical decision-making model included in the California Healthcare Interpreting Association’s Standards of Practice. Concrete examples will be used to show how to apply the model to real-life situations. Finally, participants will break up into small groups to consider specific ethical dilemmas. Groups will apply the CHIA model and come up with one or several acceptable responses to the dilemma. These will then be shared with the larger group for consideration and, if there is time, for further discussion. 

Yuliya Speroff is a Russian-English CoreCHI™ and DSHS-certified healthcare and social services interpreter. Yuliya first started interpreting over 10 years ago in her hometown of Novosibirsk, Russia and has since interpreted in a variety of settings – from a fighter jet factory to a live brain surgery, and most recently at a number of hospitals in Seattle. Yuliya also holds an MA in Business Management and is certified as both an English and a Russian language instructor with more than 10 years of teaching experience. Yuliya’s The Medical Interpreter blog focuses on providing medical interpreters with resources and information for continuous professional development.

When?  Saturday, March 16, 2019
Check-in at 8:30 a.m.
 PLEASE ARRIVE AT 8:30 to sign in.

Class from 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Where? 70th and Sand Point,
Seattle Children’s Hospital Administrative Building
6901 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Room 107/109.

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

Registration?  Via the web (before midnight on Tuesday, March 12th)
Click here to register.

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

Online registration only. Mail in registration is not available.  

Please note that participation in this workshop will be limited to the first 50 candidates to register.

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

Refunds?  We regret that no refunds can be given after March 12th. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before March 12th.

Directions?  Directions to the 70th and Sand Point Administrative Building of Seattle Children’s Hospital (6901 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle) can be found at

Free parking is available at 70th and Sand Point. When you enter the building, come down the main stairs and go right through the atrium to your right to Room 107/109.

Lunch? In order to keep the cost of this workshop low, no refreshments or lunch will be offered and there is no place to purchase food on site. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches, as there is a lovely atrium in which to eat.

CE credits?  One (1) Ethics CE credit for this workshop have been approved by the Washington State DSHS (Please note that certified interpreters need at least 1 ethics credit per year to maintain their certification) and 2 general credits. 
Three credits have been approved by the Washington State AOC, the CCHI and 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.

Questions about class content? Please contact Yuliya Speroff at

Questions about registration? Please contact Naomi Uchida at

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