Interpreting for Palliative Care

  • 07/22/2017
  • 09:00 - 17:00
  • Columbia Basin College Pasco campus
  • 38


  • Regular fee for non NOTIS member
  • Discounted fee for NOTIS member

NOTIS’ Community Interpreters Division presents
Interpreting in Palliative Care

Palliative care seeks to optimize quality of life and relieve physical and emotional suffering through pain management, comfort care, and spiritual support. A 2010 survey of patients receiving palliative care in California found that 40% spoke limited English. Since palliative care depends on regular, clear communication between patients, providers, and families, interpreters are key members of any palliative care team.

For interpreters, conversations involving palliative care, especially those at the end of life, can be among the most difficult to convey — not only linguistically and culturally, but personally.

This interactive seven-hour workshop is designed to prepare experienced medical interpreters to work in palliative care settings. It includes:

  • An Introduction to Palliative Care
  • Interpreting Skills Applied to Palliative Care
  • The Vocabulary of Palliative Care
  • Sight Translation in Palliative Care
  • The Impact of Emotion and Belief on Interpreting

This multimedia, interactive training includes videos, PowerPoint presentations, and practice of interpreting and sight translation. Bilingual medical glossaries and practice activities are provided in Cantonese/traditional Chinese, Mandarin/simplified Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Who is teaching?     
Cindy Roat is a national consultant and trainer with 25 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 the original 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 founder and former Co-chair of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC), a founding member of WASCLA, current chair of the Community Interpreters Division 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.

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Check-in at 8:30 a.m. PLEASE ARRIVE AT 8:30 to sign in.
Class from 9:00 – 5:00 p.m., with one hour for lunch

Columbia Basin College
2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco, WA 99301, Room CTE 203/203A

$60      NOTIS members
$80      Non-members (Click to Join NOTIS).    

Click the Register button below to register before 5:00 p.m. on July 19th

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.

Neither mail-in registration nor on-site registration will be available for this workshop. Please note: space in this workshop is limited to the first 60 applicants.

We regret that no refunds can be given after July 19th. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before July 19th.  

The Pasco campus of Columbia Basin College is located at 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco. Click here for directions to the college and for a campus map. The workshop will take place in room CTE 203/203A. There is free parking at the CTE building.

In order to offer this unique opportunity at an affordable price, no refreshments or lunch will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own coffee, snacks and lunch. You may eat in the training room, or there
are fast food options nearby on 20th and Court Street, about a mile away.

CE credits?  Seven continuing education credits are approved from the WA DSHS and WA AOC. 6.5 instructional hours are approved from CCHI.         
Seven continuing education (CE) credits are now being requested from ATA. ATA credits are accepted by IMIA/NBCMI.
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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