Fall Recruitment Training
Our fall semester DeCal constitutes the formal training for our volunteer interpreters. It is mandatory for all new volunteers and highly encouraged for returning volunteers. We will email specific directions for enrollment at the beginning of the fall semester.
Spring Semester Workshop
In the spring, we hold workshops to review and expand our interpreter training, as well as learn from guest speakers.
PH 98/198, 2 units (P/NP)
Health Care Interpreting Decal
13 Weeks, Fall 2012
Course facilitators: MinhTam Trinh, Shannen Poon
The DeCal curriculum is adapted from the intensive Language and Culture Access Program (LCAP) by Asian Health Services. Instructors of the Decal Class are VHIO officers who have either undergone the 60-hour LCAP training at AHS or completed the VHIO Decal successfully.
This course is for undergraduate students in public health, social work, or related fields who are fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Khmer, Tagalog, or Spanish. Priority will be given to members of VHIO. A language assessment will be conducted in the first class session, if necessary.
The Health Care Interpreting DeCal aims to train fluent, bilingual students to interpret, or verbally translate, for health workers and patients in various health care settings in four major Asian Language groups in the San Francisco Bay Area–Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Vietnamese. Students of all linguistic backgrounds will be introduced to 1) the theory, concepts, and skills in health care interpreting, 2) the complexity of the roles and responsibilities of interpreters in health care setting and skills to carry out those functions, and 3) the ethical principles, considerations, and strategies to handle challenges they may encounter as health care interpreters. They will apply these principles and skills and familiarize themselves with common medical terminologies during the language group simulation practice portion of the class.
The language group practice portion will focus on the specific areas of health that VHIO is working with during the semester, such as hepatitis B, dementia, and End-of-Life care, so that students who are also members of VHIO will be able to get continuous practice that prepares them for actual interpreting sessions at clinics and events.
We utilize The California Endowment’s 40-hour Connecting Worlds: Training for Health Care Interpreters curriculum to provide professional training. A certification exam is optional. Students who successfully completed this class can act as trained interpreters in health care setting, and those who passed the certification exam can be employed as certified interpreters in health care settings.
The class is broken down into two parts each week: lecture on Tuesday and practice sessions on Thursday. The first half is lecture on the principles of health care interpreting, which will be taught in English. The second half is practice time during which students will break into language groups led by in-language coaches. Assigned readings and homework assignments needs to be completed weekly and will be discussed in the lecture and practice components.
The California Endowment. (2004). Connecting Worlds: Training for Health Care Interpreters – Participant Manual. Los Angeles: The California Endowment.
The California Endowment. (2004). Connecting Worlds: Training for Health Care Interpreters – Participant Workbook. Los Angeles: The California Endowment.
CHIA Standards and Certification Committee. (Feb. 2003) – California Standards for Healthcare Interpreters- Ethical Principles, Protocols, and Guidance on Roles & Intervention. Los Angeles: The California Endowment.
Volunteer Health Interpreters Organization (VHIO) Health Care Interpreters training curriculum worksheets and conversation practice
Assigned readings from the Connecting Worlds Participant Manual need to be completed prior to class each week. Assignments from the Connecting Worlds Participant Workbook and additional VHIO worksheets on topics covered in lecture and terminologies learned in practice session that week will be assigned as homework each week and discussed the following week. The class has a course reader including articles for assigned reading.
30% Attendance (2 unexcused absences will result in NP; conflicts with midterms for other classes are excuses absences)