Interpreting for Ethically Difficult Situations

  • 02/23/2019
  • 13:00 - 16:00
  • Skagit Valley Hospital, Mt. Vernon
  • 5


Please complete payment within two weeks after registration. Registration will be cancelled if payment is not completed within two weeks from registration date.
Payment must be completed one week before the workshop date.

NOTIS Community Interpreters Division presents

Interpreting for Ethically Difficult Situations

Medical encounters are sometimes very challenging! In addition to knowing terminology, the interpreter has to take into consideration the environment, the people present, the way they are communicating, and what is going on inside of the interpreter at that moment. In this three-hour session, participants will ground themselves in the DSHS Code of professional Conduct and learn new strategies for dealing with ethically difficult encounters. Using an evidence-based curriculum called "Demand Control Schema", participants will learn how to acknowledge the unique demands that they face in each interpreting encounter and recognize the strengths and tools that they have to overcome those challenges successfully, all while making sure that they are working within the WA DSHS Code of Professional Conduct. Participants will have ample practice time to apply these principles and discuss how to apply them in real life circumstances.

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.

CE credits? Three (3) continuing-education credits have been approved by the Washington Administrative Office of the Courts, the CCHI, and the ATA. One (1) ethics and 2 continuing education credits have been approved for this workshop by the Washington State DSHS.  

Certificates of Attendance will be awarded to all who arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop.

When?  Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Check-in at 12:30 pm. 
PLEASE ARRIVE AT 12:30 pm to sign in.
Class from 1 pm – 4 p.m.

Where?  Skagit Valley Hospital, Mt. Vernon

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

Registration?  Register before 5:00 p.m. on February 20th)
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

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 February 20th, 2018. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before February 20th.

Directions?  Skagit Valley Hospital is located at 1415 E Kincaid St. in Mount Vernon. The training will take place in the Sahale Room.

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.

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 this workshop. 

Questions about registration? Please contact Naomi Uchida at
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