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

  • 03/30/2019
  • 09:00 - 17:00
  • Yakima Virginia Mason Hospital, Yakima
  • 80


NOTIS and Community Interpreter Division present



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

Glands: a Workshop for Healthcare Interpreters
Hormones. We talk a lot about them, but do we know where they come from?
This three-hour training introduces interpreters to major glands of the body, their locations, functions, and related terminology. Join us to learn about lesser-known parts of the body and to become more comfortable in endocrinology and other specialized encounters. Our workshop will be facilitated by PowerPoint presentation and group discussion. You will also have opportunities to practice consecutive interpreting and sight translation. A glossary and labeling handout will be provided.

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. Formerly, she was the Lead Interpreter at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

CE credits? Four (4) CE credits for "Compassion fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, and Self-Care for Interpreters" have been approved by WA DSHS, ATA, and CCHI.
Three (3) CE credits for "Glands" have been approved by WA DSHS, ATA, and CCHI.
 This workshop will NOT be accredited by WA AOC. Certificates of Attendance will be awarded to all who arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop.

When?  Saturday, March 30, 2019
Check-in at 8:30 am.
 PLEASE ARRIVE AT 8:30 am to sign in.
Class from 9 am – 5 pm

Where?  Virginia Mason Memorial, Auditorium 
2811 Tieton Dr., Yakima, WA 98902

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

Registration?  Via the web (before midnight on March 26th)  
Click here to register and pay online.

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

Please submit a separate registration form for each person registering.

Online registration only. Mail in registration is not available.

Please note: space in this workshop is limited to the first 100 applicants.

Refunds?  We regret that no refunds can be given after March 26th. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before March 26th. Please contact NOTIS office manager for cancellation. Transfer of credits to other workshops is not available.  

Directions? Directions to Virginia Mason Memorial can be found at

Refreshments? In order to offer this unique opportunity at an affordable price, no refreshments will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own coffee and snacks. If you choose to come for workshop on ethical decision-making in the morning, there is a cafeteria at the hospital where you may purchase lunch.

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 Yvonne Simpson at

Questions about registration? Please contact Naomi Uchida at

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