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Interpreter Training Center 

Global Village Language and Cultural Solutions offers several trainings during the year to interpreters of all levels interested in improving their existing skills or in getting started in the profession. 

Mental Health Interpreting

This is an in-person workshop training format. The target audience is interpreters and or staff that interpret for medical or social service environments.  This 40-hour course is accredited for 36 CEUs by CCHI.

Mental health issues disproportionately affect refugee and immigrant populations. This is your opportunity to learn about the ethical practices and sensitivities needed to support your clients, and the curriculum can be applied to your work in primary health care, education, immigration, and social service settings. Your training includes certification in Mental Health First Aid and tips to improve your professional development as an independent language service provider. Subject matter includes:

Mental Health Interpreting Subject Matters

  • Confidentiality and Ethics
  • Healthcare Interpreting Basics
  • Cross-Cultural Issues
  • Mental Health Terminology
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Torture and PTSD
  • Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
  • Self-Care for Interpreters

Professional Development Subject Matters
  • Explore Medical Careers for Interpreters
  • Working with Language Agencies
  • Working as an Independent Contractor / Business
  • Resume Tips and Resume Review
  • Entrepreneurial Skills

Accredited Hours: 36 (Continuing Education - CCHI)

Shorter trainings, of one or two days long, will be offered on different topics this year.

Domestic Violence Interpreting Essentials 

This is an in-person workshop training format. The target audience is interpreters and dual role interpreter/advocacy staff that interpret for domestic violence situations either in a medical or social service environment. The training presupposes participants have basic training in healthcare interpreting prior to taking this class, as the basics will be reviewed quickly. The program focus is on learning about domestic violence, and about the interaction between interpreters, advocates/service providers, and survivors. It covers skills and best practices for healthcare interpreters, with case study examples based on domestic violence-related scenarios. It also equips interpreters with tools for self care before, during, and after traumatic interpreting sessions. The training is 6 curriculum hours, 8 hours total to include break and assessment time.

Subject Matters:

  • Overview of Domestic Violence settings
  • The role of the DV Advocate
  • The role of the DV INterpreter
  • Interacting with Other Domestic Violence Professionals
  • Managing an Interpreting Encounter
  • Preparing for Interpretation
  • Demonstrating Cultural Responsiveness
  • Interpreting Consecutively
  • Interpreting Simultaneously
  • Sight Translating/Translating(Written) Healthcare Documents
  • Demonstrating Near-native Language Proficiency in Working Languages

Accredited Hours: 6 (Continuing Education - CCHI)

Program ID: 02359

Interpreting for Special Education: Understanding the IEP Process

This training will cover a variety of situations interpreters may encounter at San Diego schools as well as provide an in depth review of Special Education services. The training will cover the interpreter’s role in the IEP process and best practices for interaction with the Special Education teams. The training presupposes participants have received basic training in interpreting prior to taking this class, as general interpreting procedures will be reviewed quickly. Presenters will include staff interpreters from San Diego Unified School District, an Applied Behavior Analysis instructor, and Global Village staff.

Subject Matters:

  • Understanding Special Education Services
  • Types of IEPs + Goals of the IEP
  • Interacting with the IEP Team
  • Understanding the Role of the IEP team members
  • Reviewing the IEP Meeting Process and Structure of the IEP Document
  • Qualifying for Special Education Services
  • Types of Assessments
  • Types of Programs
  • Understanding the parents’ roles in the IEP process
  • Tools for Interpreters