Connecting Worlds Interpreter Training for Healthcare PALS for Health was part of the original expert team that created the renowned ‘Connecting Worlds’ Training that is the current standard curriculum for most if not all Interpreter Training courses offered today. The course is 40 hours and students may qualify for CEU’s. PALS for Health Connecting Worlds Training is recognized by the California Healthcare Interpreting Association (CHIA).
The development of the Connecting Worlds curriculum spanned 3 years and involved a statewide collaboration of health care providers and experts in the health care interpreting field, including Asian Health Services, Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, Healthy House and California Health Collaborative, Vista Community Clinic, and PALS for Health. The Connecting Worlds curriculum was made possible through generous support from The California Endowment.
An introduction to the theory, concepts, and skills associated with health care interpreting.
An appreciation for the complexities of the roles and responsibilities of interpreters in the health care setting and the skills required to carry out those functions.
An introduction to California standards for health care interpreters which includes ethical principles, protocols, and guidance on intervention for the health care interpreter.
Opportunities to apply concepts and theory through simulated interpreting sessions and scenarios on challenging situations.
Opportunities to learn medical terminology, specifically anatomy and physiology and HIV/AIDS terminology.
Opportunities to evaluate and improve their health care interpreting skills through language labs, role-play sessions, daily feed-backs and suggestions for improvement, and through a comprehensive pre- and post-test.
Opportunities to shadow an experienced health care interpreter at an actual interpretation session.
Opportunities to be observed, while providing interpretation services at an actual medical appointment, and to receive feedback from an experienced health care interpreter.
Successful graduates of our PALS for Health Care Interpreter Training receive a certificate that adds valuable prestige to a language professional’s overall resume. This 40-hour training certificate is becoming a standard requirement for specialized health care and related fields including but not limited to hospitals, clinics, school districts, public health departments, worker’s compensation clinics and more.
Length of Training In-class instructions are offered over a span of 40 hours, or five 8-hour-days, the training is a highly effective and comprehensive introduction to health care interpreting as it combines a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, videos, large group discussion, small group activities, role-plays, language labs, research, home-work, and hands-on learning in actual medical interpretation sessions. All sessions are taught by highly qualified trainers with extensive experience in health care interpreting. Class size is restricted to no more than twenty (20) participants per class to maximize participant/trainer interaction. Our classes are fun, informative, interactive and practical! If our training schedule or location is not convenient for you or your staff, we will be glad to work with your schedule or to hold the training at your facility. For more information about course availability, please contact us at (213) 553-1818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants include health care interpreters who may specialize in working with Worker’s Compensation clinics. Some Worker’s Compensation insurance carriers require their bilingual staff to complete 40 hours of training as a prerequisite for client interaction. As with all of PALS for Health training courses, this course is open to all interpreters who pass the language skills assessment. This is a growing area for up and coming bilingual interpreters.