Interpreting
in Palliative Care
A model for
Continuing Education
Cynthia E. Roat, MPH
March 2013
QUALITY IN INTERPETING
Recruitment
Language testing
Training as an interpreter
Skills testing
Monitoring
Continuing education
TODAY’S GOALS
To propose a model
for the development of
continuing education programs
for health care interpreters,
exemplified by a program developed for
The California HealthCare Foundation
on Interpreting in Palliative Care.
WHAT IS CONTINUING EDUCATION?
When
basic training
is lacking . . . .
CE PROGRAMS MUST INCLUDE
 Review of basic interpreting skills
 Introduction of new information/skills, e.g.
 Information about an area of medical practice
 Technical vocabulary
 Simultaneous interpreting
 Integration of new information/skills into the
interpreting experience
 PRACTICE
 Resources
CE PROGRAM MUST BE ACCESSIBLE
Repeated offerings
Dissemination through training of trainers
On-line training
Interpreting in Palliative Care
by Cynthia E. Roat, MPH
with Anne Kinderman, MD and Alicia Fernandez, MD
An initiative of
The California HealthCare Foundation
Working as a catalyst to fulfill the promise
of better healthcare for all Californians.
A STATEWIDE PALLIATIVE CARE INITIATIVE
The California HealthCare Foundation devoted $2.5 million to
this 3½ year project is to establish palliative care programs in
two-thirds of California public hospitals by 2011.
Read more on the website of the California HealthCare
Foundation.
And for once, they remembered
the interpreters!
PALLIATIVE SAY-WHAT?
INTRODUCTION TO PALLIATIVE CARE
CE PROGRAMS MUST INCLUDE
 Review of basic interpreting skills
 Introduction of new information/skills, e.g.
 Information about an area of medical practice
 Technical vocabulary
 Simultaneous interpreting
 Integration of new information/skills into the
interpreting experience
 PRACTICE
 Resources
INTERPRETING SKILLS IN PALLIATIVE CARE
CE PROGRAMS MUST INCLUDE
 Review of basic interpreting skills
 Introduction of new information/skills, e.g.
 Information about an area of medical practice
 Technical vocabulary
 Simultaneous interpreting
 Integration of new information/skills into the
interpreting experience
 PRACTICE
 Resources
VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT
passing on
do not resuscitate
family
CE PROGRAMS MUST INCLUDE
 Review of basic interpreting skills
 Introduction of new information/skills, e.g.
 Information about an area of medical practice
 Technical vocabulary
 Simultaneous interpreting
 Integration of new information/skills into the
interpreting experience
 PRACTICE
 Resources
PRACTICE INTERPRETING
CE PROGRAMS MUST INCLUDE
 Review of basic interpreting skills
 Introduction of new information/skills, e.g.
 Information about an area of medical practice
 Technical vocabulary
 Simultaneous interpreting
 Integration of new information/skills into the
interpreting experience
 PRACTICE
 Resources
SIGHT TRANSLATION
CE PROGRAMS MUST INCLUDE
 Review of basic interpreting skills
 Introduction of new information/skills, e.g.
 Information about an area of medical practice
 Technical vocabulary
 Simultaneous interpreting
 Integration of new information/skills into the
interpreting experience
 PRACTICE
 Resources
THE IMPACT OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
CE PROGRAMS MUST INCLUDE
 Review of basic interpreting skills
 Introduction of new information/skills, e.g.
 Information about an area of medical practice
 Technical vocabulary
 Simultaneous interpreting
 Integration of new information/skills into the
interpreting experience
 PRACTICE
 Resources
PRINTABLE RESOURCE PAGE
CE PROGRAMS MUST INCLUDE
 Review of basic interpreting skills
 Introduction of new information/skills, e.g.
 Information about an area of medical practice
 Technical vocabulary
 Simultaneous interpreting
 Integration of new information/skills into the
interpreting experience
 PRACTICE
 Resources
AND, A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION!
Plus CE credits from
ATA, CCHI,
IMIA and the
WA State DSHS
IN WHAT LANGUAGES?
 Spanish
 Korean
 Mandarin
 Tagalog
 Cantonese
 Russian
 Vietnamese
But interpreters of all languages can benefit.
CE PROGRAM MUST BE ACCESSIBLE
Repeated offerings
Dissemination through training of trainers
On-line training
DISSEMINATION
 Training of Trainers
 Collaboration with the California
Healthcare Interpreting
Association (CHIA)
 Posting of the curriculum and all
materials to the web for FREE
DOWNLOAD.
 Adaptation to on-line format
through collaboration with the
HealthCare Interpreters Network
(HCIN)
IN SUMMARY
 Continuing education needs to be more than just a lecture.
 The Palliative Care curriculum can serve as a template for
the development of other programs.
Curriculum and materials
available at the website of the
Health Care Interpreters Network.
On-line course
available at
HCIN Learn
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Cynthia E. Roat, MPH
[email protected]
206-546-1194
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