Interpreting for Prenatal Genetics (Tri-Cities)

  • 02/16/2019
  • 10:00 - 16:00
  • Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Tri-cities
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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.
Payment must be completed one week before the workshop date.

NOTIS’ Community Interpreters Division


Interpreting for Prenatal Genetics 

“This class will be offered as planned despite the inclement weather. If it becomes necessary to cancel, we will post the message here immediately and email participants at the email addresses they used when registering for the class.”

What is this?  As one of the fastest changing fields in medicine, genetics a topic that is coming up more often in more healthcare settings. But highly technical vocabulary and complex medical concepts can present real challenges to interpreters who are not familiar with the concepts and vocabulary related to genetics.

This 5-hour workshop is a special opportunity for interpreters to learn to work in the fast-changing field of prenatal genetics, using a new curriculum developed in collaboration with the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. This workshop introduces basic concepts in genetics and addresses the role of the genetic counselor, common prenatal genetic tests, and the most common genetic issues that arise in pregnancy. Technical vocabulary is introduced and exercises help the interpreter learn the vocabulary both in English and a non-English language. Finally, interpreting exercises based on real-life prenatal interviews create opportunities for practice. Language-specific glossaries and practice exercises are provided in Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Arabic.  

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 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.    

CE credits?  5 continuing education credits are approved by the WA DSHS, the WA AOC, and the ATA. 4 continuing education credits are approved by the CCHI. Certificates of Attendance will be awarded to all who arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop. Please allow yourself enough time to get to the site, find parking and sign in before the workshop begins. While latecomers are welcome to stay for the educational value of the workshop, DSHS will not provide CE credit if you arrive late, for any reason.

  Saturday, February 16, 2019
Check-in at 9:30 a.m.
PLEASE ARRIVE AT 9:30 to sign in.
Class from 10:00 – 4:00 p.m., with one hour for lunch

Where?  Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Richland, WA 
888 Swift Boulevard, Richland, WA 99352

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

Registration?  Register before 5 pm on February 13th.
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. 
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 70 applicants.

Refunds?  We regret that no refunds can be given after February 13th, 2019. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before February 13th, 2019.  

Directions? Kadlec Regional Medical Center is located at 888 Swift Boulevard in Richland.  The training will take place in Columbia Rooms I, II & III which are in the Mountain Pavilion on the 3rd floor of the medical center.

Parking is free.

Lunch? 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 and snacks, and there is a cafeteria at the hospital where you may purchase lunch. The Garden Café, located on the main floor of the Orchard Pavilion, offers cafeteria-style food service from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. Additionally, a full-service deli is located on the first floor of the River Pavilion with operating hours from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily.

Anything else?  If you require accommodation, please contact the NOTIS Office Manager ( at least 3 weeks in advance if possible.

Questions about class content? Please contact Cindy Roat at

Questions about registration? Please contact Naomi Uchida at
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