Virtual Interpreter Skill-Building Mini-Conference “Practice Makes Competent”

November 18, 2023

This one-day event offers interpreters numerous opportunities not only to gain insights from esteemed leaders in the healthcare interpreting field but also to engage in real-time skill practice during each session. This mini-conference offers interpreters certified by CCHI the chance to earn 100% of the performance-based CE hours required for certification renewal. ASL interpretation will be provided.

CE hours accredited: up to 0.55 CEUs by RID (sponsored by Language Line Solutions®)

up to 5.25 CE hours by CEAP, ID #10276 (including 4.5 PB CE hrs)

Cost: $15 (thanks to our sponsors!)

Registration: CLOSED – See you on Saturday!


Schedule of Events 

All times are listed in Central Time.

9:30 am – 9:45 am     Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:45 am – 10:45 am     Keynote by Vonessa Costa, CoreCHI-Performance™ (0.75 CE hr by CEAP/ 0.1 CEUs by RID)

10:45 am – 11:00 am     BREAK

11:00 am – 12:15 pm    “Decálage is Not a Dirty Word: Simultaneous Interpreting for Healthcare Interpreters” by Elena Langdon, CT, M.A. (1.25 PB CE hr by CEAP/ 0.125 CEU by RID)

This hands-on session will present the basic theory and skills necessary to learn, monitor and improve one’s ability to interpret in the simultaneous mode.

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm     BREAK

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm     “Lunch & Learn with Commissioners Session (0.75 CE hr by CEAP/ 0.075 CEUs by RID)   

CCHI Commissioners will share their tips about maintaining and improving your interpreting skills in all modes. Their conversation is followed up by Q&A with CCHI Executive Director Natalya Mytareva, M.A., CoreCHI.

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm     BREAK

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm     Concurrent Skill Building Sessions, presented in specified languages (1.25 PB CE hrs by CEAP);  attendees are assigned to a specific session based on the language they specified at registration (special instructions will be provided).

  1. Arabic: Consecutively Interpreting Hope and Healing: Navigating Challenges in Oncology Settings by Mutaz (Matt) Al Mudaris
  2. ASL: A Closer Look at Sight Translation by Amanda David (0.125 CEU by RID – only this session is approved by RID)
  3. Mandarin: Dizziness, vertigo, or lightheadedness- having trouble finding the right words for a patient’s symptoms? by Chi-Wei Chang and Kun Shi
  4. Spanish: Interpreting for Genetic Counseling Sessions: A Spanish Practicum by Mateo Rutherford
  5. English – for interpreters of all other languages: Varieties of U.S. English: Enhancing Interpreter Comprehension by Sarah Stockler-Rex

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm     BREAK

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm    “Mastering Paraphrasing to Improve Skills in all Interpreting Modes” by Yuliya Speroff, M.A., CoreCHI-Performance™  (1.25 PB CE hr by CEAP/ 0.125 CEU by RID)

This session will introduce and provide opportunities to practice the sub-skills involved in paraphrasing, such as synonym selection, circumlocution, and sentence structure manipulation.

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm     Closing Ceremony and raffle prizes


For details about the sessions, including learning objectives and speakers’ bios, click here.


All registered attendees will receive the email with the Zoom Webinar link on November 16, 2023 and the morning of November 18, 2023. If you have not received the links by 9 am CT on Nov 18, 2023, contact us at ASAP.

NOTE: Attendees of the Mini-Conference on November 18th will receive their attendance certificates by December 15, 2023.

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