OHCIA CONTINUING EDUCATION

Course Information & Registration

These courses provide an interactive and relevant continuing education experience to Health Care Interpreters (HCI’s) who are Certified or Qualified by the Oregon Health Authority, a division of the Oregon Office of Equity and Inclusion. Continuing Education classes (except exam preparation classes) will be acceptable for continuing education units (CEUs) with CCHI, NBCMI, and the Oregon Health Authority. For further information on renewal requirements, check HERE or scroll down to the bottom of this page. Non-accredited interpreters are encouraged to take our 64-hour Health Care Interpreter training.

 

 

Current Course offerings

Title:  HCI Note-taking Skills
Hours of Credit:

  • 3 CEU'S (APPROVED BY CCHI)

  • .30 CEU'S (APPROVED BY NBCMI)

  • oREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY APPROVED

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Instructor(s): Jazmin Manjarrez - Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) – Spanish.  Currently serves as Chair of the National Board for Certification of Medical Interpreters (NBCMI), previously held the position of Vice-President of the Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters (OSTI), and is an active member of the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA).

Description:  This class is designed to teach the Health Care Interpreter improve their note-taking skills during consecutive interpreting sessions.  Note-taking is a useful tool to supplement memory skills and reduces the need to interrupt the flow of conversation. Learn to identify key concepts and words such as who, what, when, where, why, how, to use abbreviations and symbols.  The class will provide plenty of opportunity to hone your skills.

Learning Objectives: Develop listening skills to extract key ideas; Learn to identify key ideas and words; Familiarize the interpreter with common abbreviations and symbols.

TUITION

$30

Title:  Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
Hours of Credit:

  • 3 CEU'S (APPROVED BY CCHI)

  • .30 CEU'S (APPROVED BY NBCMI)

  • oREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY APPROVED

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:00am—12:00pm
Instructor(s): Taught by Sara Taggart, MPA, Prevention, Education & Partnerships Manager at Children’s Center

Description: Video-based and interactive workshop offered through a grant from The Ford Family Foundation to raise the bar of awareness of the very difficult issue of child sexual abuse. Most adults remain uncomfortable broaching the subject despite the reality that at least 1 in 10 children experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. To overcome this barrier and begin a real conversation, the workshops use the nationally recognized and evidence informed Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention curriculum. The workshop integrates survivor stories, facts about child sexual abuse, and concrete steps that Health Care Interpreters can take to recognize, prevent and respond skillfully to concerns.

 

TUITION

$30

Title:  Developing Memory Skills for Health Care Interpreting
Hours of Credit:

  • 3 CEU'S (APPROVED BY CCHI)

  • .30 CEU'S (APPROVED BY NBCMI)

  • oREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY APPROVED

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 1:00pm—4:00pm
Instructor(s): Taught by Joselito Tanega - Nonprofit Organization/Education Specialist/ Professional Musi-cian. At Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette (GICW), he teaches professional de-velopment workshops to Goodwill employees and to the community.
Joselito is also an accomplished musician. He earned his BM and MM in Music Performance at The Juilliard School. As a clarinetist, he has a distinguished career and has taught at the public school level and at the university level as adjunct professor.

Description: Your brain is a muscle – learning to exercise the brain with memory exercises will strengthen your brain, thus helping you retain even more information. This class is designed to teach the Health Care Interpreter the techniques, such as mnemonics, or memory palaces, exercises to practice memory re-tention, and will guide the interpreter through listening skills that will aid in focusing on key ideas and words.

 

TUITION

$30

Title:  Creating a Personal Glossary
Hours of Credit:

  • 3 CEU'S (APPROVED BY CCHI)

  • .30 CEU'S (APPROVED BY NBCMI)

  • oREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY APPROVED

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:00am—12:00pm
Instructor(s): Taught by Mary Soots, BA, MA, Anthropologist, a social researcher and policy analyst, and a Certified Health Care Interpreter (Spanish). She is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Port-land State University. She also works as a Research and Evaluation Assistant at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), is the Director of Education Programs for the Oregon Health Care Interpreters Association (OHCIA), and provides Cultural Awareness training to health professionals. Mary holds a M.A. in Anthropology from Portland State University, a B.A. in International Studies and in Anthropology, as well as Minor Degrees in Spanish and in Geography.

Description: Prior to interpreting an appointment, interpreters may find it useful to review anatomy, terminology, symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments related to the body system at the appointment they are interpreting. Creating a personal glossary that interpreters can quickly review will facilitate the session between the patient and the provider. This class will help guide the interpreters in creating a personal glossary that works best for them.

TUITION

$30


Terms and Conditions

REFUNDS

No cash refunds.  Credit may be applied toward future classes

LOCATION

OHSU School of Nursing, 1st floor Room  (3455 SW Veterans Hospital Rd Portland, OR 97239). For directions and parking information check HERE.

COURSE COMPLETION

The program is assessed solely on attendance. Students must attend the full class to receive credit.

ADDITIONAL

Please contact us know if you need any additional accommodations.

Important Notes:

Renewal is not an option for qualified HCI’S whose languages have certification exams available. Qualified HCI’S in the languages of Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese must become certified upon termination of their qualification. To do so, they must complete 24 hours of continuing education classes and pass certification exams.

ABOUT OHCIA’s CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT:

 OHCIA is proud that our Continuing Education (CE) classes are approved for credit by the CCHI and the NBCMI as well as the Oregon Health Authority.  Class certificates indicate the number of CE units approved by each organization. 

Prior to 2018, OHCIA’s CE classes were approved only through CCHI.  Interpreters who are applying for re-certification through the NBCMI can present their Certificate of Completion indicating the name of the class and the number of credit hours.  Effective 2018, NBCMI no longer automatically accepts CCHI-approved classes for re-certification.  Interpreters should contact NBCMI directly if they feel a class they have taken is eligible for CE credits. 


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Oregon Health  Authority - Office of Equity and Inclusion information on renewal requirements.

OHA RENEWAL: All Oregon State approved HCI letters (Qualified and Certified are valid for 3 years from the date of issue .

All Qualified and Certified HCI's must complete 24 hours of OHA approved continuing education (CEU):

 

  • Six Hours Health Care Interpreter Ethics
  • Six Hours Interpretation Skills
  • Twelve Hours of Any Topic Approved by the National Board for Certification of Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) or the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI)

For further details check their website HERE.


Past Course Offerings

Title:  Best Practices in Interpreting in the LGBTQIA Community
Hours of Credit: 3 ceu'S(aPPROVED BY CCHI) & .30 CEU'S (APPROVED BY nbCMI)

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Instructor(s): Taught by Óscar Fernández, Ph.D—Portland State University, University Studies faculty & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator, Qualified Health Care Interpreter

Description:  The National Council on Interpreting in Health Care reports how “individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex or Asexual (LGBTQIA) face significant barriers in accessing health care. These barriers are heightened when a person is both LGBTQIA and also limited English proficient (LEP).” This course will address best practices in interpreting in the LGBTQIA community.  It will examine the ethics associated with interpreting for a non-binary community such as regulatory protections, non-discrimination laws, standards of care, and cultural biases. The class is designed to help the professional interpreter develop the skills necessary to interpret in the LGBTQIA population such providing a glossary of terms commonly used in the medical setting, both in English and in other languages.  Lastly, the interpreter will develop skills in interpreting sensitive health issues such as sexual history, and gender-affirming surgery appointments.

TUITION

$30

Title:  Interpreting for Oregon Workers’ Compensation
Hours of Credit: 3 ceu'S(aPPROVED BY CCHI) & .30 CEU'S (APPROVED BY nbCMI)

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Taught by Community Outreach Staff of the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division:  Jennifer Flood, Ombudsman; Jessica Lowman, Medical Reviewer, Christina Herbert, Benefit Consultant (supporting)

Description:  This class is designed to assist Health Care Interpreters develop the skills to understand the Oregon Workers Compensation system including the workers' rights, the employers' responsibilities, the treatment process, adjustors, Independent Medical Evaluations (IME's), work hardening programs, settlements, and recent changes in policies related to the use of interpreters in workers’ compensation claims.

 

TUITION

$30


Title:  Interpreter Self-Care Class
Hours of Credit: 3 hours (aPPROVED BY CCHI)

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Instructor: Óscar Fernández, Ph.D.
Description:  Running out of steam? In this interactive workshop, Óscar will introduce self-care tools for addressing vicarious trauma in the interpretation profession.
Interpreting is a highly demanding task, so taking care of our minds and our bodies is extremely important to making sure we are able to keep interpreting accurately.

TUITION

$30

Title:  INTERPRETING IN A MENTAL HEALTH SETTING
Hours of Credit: 3 hours (APPROVED BY CCHI)

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 9:00 am - 12:00pm
Instructor: Lucrecia Suarez, LCSW
Description:  Interpreting in a mental health setting has unique challenges.  This class will address those challenges and guides interpreters in maintaining professional standards and to understand their unique role in the behavioral health setting.

 

TUITION

$30


Title:  Ethics & Standards of Practice
Hours of Credit: 6 hours (APPROVED BY CCHI)

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 8:30 am—3:30 pm
Instructor: Melanie DeLeon, M.S., ASL Court Certified Interpreter
Description: The goal of this advanced Ethics training is to help participants have a better understanding of Health Care Interpreter Code of Ethics. By the end of the training, participants should be able to identify conflicts and how to apply the Code to decision making in a medical interpreting setting through scenarios based discussions.   This includes role plays and group discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

TUITION

$59

TitleSkill-Building for Spanish Interpreters
Hours of Credit: 3 hours (APPROVED BY CCHI)

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 9:00am-12:00pm

Instructor: Oscar Fernandez, Ph.D.
Description:  This class will be taught primarily in Spanish, and will include the following:

1.  Practicing simultaneous and consecutive interpreting from English to Spanish and Spanish to English in a variety of scenarios
2.  Learning how to handle Spanish-specific challenges with patients and providers.
3.  Spanish terminology that interpreters tend to confuse.

4.  Using role play to review the standards of practice created by the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC): confidentiality, impartiality, respect, cultural awareness, role boundaries, professionalism, professional development, and advocacy.

TUITION

$30


Title:  Cultural Awareness for Health Care Interpreters
Hours of Credit: 3 hours (APPROVED BY CCHI)

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 1:00pm-4:00pm 

Instructor: Mary Soots, MA, CMI
Description: This class uses culture as a lens by which to view health care and the role of the medical interpreter. Culture is a system of customs, beliefs and behaviors. Social ideology determines our views of wellness, disease, health care, aging, death and burial, which vary across cultures and over time. Differences between traditional and Western medicine are explored, as are economic and political influences in the area of health care. The course is designed to direct the medical interpreter when called upon to interpret culture and at times to advocate for the patient.

 

 

 

TUITION

$30