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Bridging the Gap

40-hour Medical Interpreter Training

Spring Institute's Interpreter Network is licensed by the Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP) of Seattle, WA to offer Bridging the Gap training in Colorado.

This 40-hour course is designed to train interpreters of all languages in basic interpreting skills, culture in interpreting, and communication skills for advocacy.

REQUIREMENTS: High School diploma (US or foreign), minimum 18 years of age and completed bilingual proficiency assessment test.

2014 training sessions:

September 8-12, 2014
(*application deadline: Friday, August 8, 2014)

December 4, 5, 6, 12, and 13, 2014
(*application deadline: Friday, October 31, 2014)

*NO applications can be accepted after the above deadlines

Basic Interpreting Skills

  • The Roles of the Medical Interpreter

  • Code of Ethics

  • Interpreting Techniques

  • Sight Translation

  • Intervening

  • Managing the Flow of an Interpreted Session

Health Care

  • Overview of the Health Care System in the United States 

  • The Culture of Biomedicine

  • Anatomy, Physiology, Common Problems, Specialists and Medical Procedures

Culture in Interpreting

  • Self-awareness

  • Basic characteristics of Specific Cultures 

  • Traditional Healing Practices

  • Culture Brokering

Communication Skills for Advocacy

  • Listening Skills 

  • Appropriate Advocacy Skills

As a participant in this course, you will receive:

  • 450-page manual

  • A bilingual medical glossary (available in 20 languages) 

  • A guide to common medications 

  • Certificate of completion

Bilingual Medical Glossaries are available in these languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Burmese/Karen, Chinese, English, French, Haitian, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer (Cambodian), Korean, Lao, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tigrigna, Urdu and Vietnamese.

For more information, or to request a training application, please e-mail Amy Jacobson: or Dijana Rizvanovic: or call us at 303-831-4151 or 1-888-499-7996 with any questions.

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