First class, speedy and professional interpretive services

The City of Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department has recently utilized translation services supplied by the Interpreter Network, in connection with a series of public meetings for the City’s Del Mar Park Master Plan project. Including the opinions of Spanish and Karen speaking park users was an integral part of our planning process.

Interpreter Network staff were quick to respond, most courteous and professional in their dealings with us.  Interpreters they supplied were extremely helpful to us with both written and spoken communications.  We would not hesitate for a moment to recommend the Interpreter Network of Colorado to any group needing first class, speedy and professional interpretive services.

Ed Shalkey, City of Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space, Principle Landscape Architect

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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

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: ajacobson@springinstitute.org or call us at 303-831-4151 or 1-888-499-7996 with any questions.

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