Consecutive Skills Building for Healthcare Interpreters

  • 12/17/2016
  • 13:00 - 17:00
  • Seattle Cancer Care Alliance


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NOTIS and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance present 
Consecutive Skills Building for Healthcare Interpreters

Note:This training is accepting the following languages as of 12/13/2016. Registration closes on 12/14/2016 at 5pm.
Japanese, Spanish.  

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, there must be at least three speakers in each language group. For groups with fewer than three registrants by December 7, we will cancel those participants’ registration and refund their registration fee. 
  • 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 December 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, December 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?  Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
825 Eastlake Ave E., Seattle 98109, Room G-1006

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

Registration?  Via the web (by December 7th)
Click on Register button and pay online.

Via mail: (registrations must be received by December 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 35 participants. Registration will close when the workshop is full.

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

Directions?  Directions to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance can be found at The training room is on the 1st floor of the clinic.  Enter through the main door on Aloha Street, turn right and you will see the door to the conference room.

Parking is available in the underground garage for an all-day fee of $16. There is metered street parking along Yale, Valley and Minor streets and  free street parking north of the clinic on Eastlake and Fairview.

CE credits?  Four CE credits have approved from the ATA, and DSHS, WA AOC, and CCHI. 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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