Interpreting for Palliative Care

  • 10/27/2018
  • 09:00 - 17:00
  • Skagit Valley Hospital, Mt. Vernon
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Please complete payment within two weeks after registration. Registration will be cancelled if payment is not complete within two weeks from registration date.

 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.

CE credits? This course has been approved for 7 CE credits by WA DSHS and ATA. This course has been requested for 7 CE credits by WA AOC, and CCHI. Certificates of Attendance will be awarded to all who arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop.

When? Saturday, October 27, 2018
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

Where?  Skagit Valley Hospital, Mt. Vernon, conference room
1415 E Kincaid St, Mount Vernon WA 98274

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

Registration?  Click the button below to register before 5 pm on October 24th.

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 50 applicants.

Refunds?  We regret that no refunds can be given after October 24th. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before October 24th.  

Directions? Directions to Skagit Valley Hospital can be found at Parking on Saturdays is free and ample in the parking lots and on the streets around the hospital. Conference rooms are next to entrance 13E, which is in the southern part of the main Skagit Valley Hospital building. The closest street corner to entrance 13E is East Kincaid St and South 13th Street, next to parking lots P1 and P7.

Lunch? 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. In addition, the hospital’s Bistro cafeteria is open on Saturdays, as is the Whidbey Coffee Stand a little farther down the same hall, with salads, pastries, yogurt, and some breakfast sandwiches in addition to all the usual espresso drinks.

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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