Consecutive Skills Building for Healthcare Interpreters

  • 09/17/2016
  • 12:30 - 17:00
  • Valley Medical Center, Medical Arts Center, Rooms E/F


  • Discounted rate for NOTIS member

NOTIS and Valley Medical Center present 
Consecutive Skills Building for Healthcare Interpreters

As of 9/7, we are accepting registrants only in the following language groups: Cantonese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Vietnamese.
We regret that we are not able at this time to accept registrations for speakers of other languages. 

This four-hour class will sharpen the consecutive interpreting skills of both novice and intermediate interpreters. Understanding a message and converting it accurately and instantaneously to another language is the foundation of all interpreting, yet it is a skill not explicitly taught in most basic interpreting classes. This workshop will consist of a series of exercises and drills designed to hone comprehension skills, conversion skills, production skills and memory retention skills, with additional practice using healthcare-specific dialogues followed by guided feedback. The goal: ultra-accurate interpreting in healthcare encounters.

This workshop will have some unique aspects:

  • Where possible, an expert language coach will work with each language group. In order to find appropriate coaches, registration for this workshop will close earlier than usual.
  • In order to maximize the value of this workshop, we will require at least two speakers of any given language. Participants who have no language partner by September 7th will have their registration cancelled and their fee refunded.
  • Please bring a smartphone with audio recording capacity, OR a small voice recorder in order to record yourself interpreting, and headphones. If you have neither, please contact the trainer before September 14th.

This workshop is designed for healthcare interpreters who are seriously interested in improving the accuracy of their interpreting, who are willing to get “picky” and to give and take targeted feedback.


Who is teaching?      Cindy Roat is a national consultant and trainer with 23 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 Medical Special Interest Group 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.

When?  Saturday, September 17, 2016
Check-in at 12:30 p.m.
PLEASE ARRIVE AT 12:30 p.m. to sign in. Class from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Where?  Valley Medical Center, Medical Arts Center, Rooms E/F
4033 Talbot Rd. S, Renton, WA 98055

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

Registration?  Via the web (by September 14th)
Click on Register button and pay online.

Via mail: (registrations must be received by September 7th) You will receive an invoice after selecting "Invoice me" in payment option with mailing instruction.

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 for each person registering.  

Please note: this workshop can accommodate 40 participants. Registration will close when the workshop is full.

Refunds?  We regret that no refunds can be given after September 7th. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before September 7th, unless cancellation is due to the lack of a language partner.   

Directions?  Directions to Valley Medical Center and to the Medical Arts Center can be found at

Free parking is available in the North Parking Garage (right across from the Medical Arts Center). 

CE credits?  Four CE credits for this workshop have approved from the Washington State DSHS and WA AOC.
 CE credits for this workshop have approved from the ATA.
 This section will be continually updated as credits are received.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.

In order to offer this workshop at this low price, no refreshments will be served. Please feel free to bring snacks if you wish.

Questions about class content? Please contact Cindy Roat at

Questions about registration? Please contact Naomi Uchida at

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