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Resources for interpreters, educators, and students related to interpreting in healthcare settings, including best practices and curriculum design frameworks.

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What is a webshop?

Webshops are mini online classes on Canvas that are self-directed and interactive, and you will...

Recording of “Addressing Microaggressions and Discrimination” Presentation

Microaggressions are brief exchanges that send denigrating messages to individuals of socially marginalized groups. Learn strategies for address them from Dr. Celeste Malone, an associate professor and coordinator of the school psychology program at Howard University.

February 2021 Webshop: Specialized Interpreting: Addiction and Recovery

There are a shortage of interpreters trained and qualified to work in addiction recovery settings. This webshop will introduce information about addiction, recovery settings, and the journey of recovery in the Deaf community to help interpreters decide if this specialty is a good fit for them. Then, interpreters will learn about resources to help them continue their education to become qualified. Registration to enroll will be available February 1 to February 28, 2021.

November 2023 Webshop: Intersectionality in Healthcare

Cultural competencies are essential when interpreting between people of varying cultures. It is important to recognize how cultural differences impact the interpreting needs. This webshop was designed with Najma Johnson. It provides an overview of structures of oppression and privilege using the theory of kyriarchy. It also discusses intersectionality in the Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing communities.

Webshop: Specialized Interpreting: Mental Health

Mental health issues arise in all aspects of a person’s life: employment, education, recreation, medical etc. Often interpreters fail to recognize that they are in fact already working in mental health settings. This webshop guides you in assessing if mental health interpreting is within your scope of practice and connects you with a plethora of educational opportunities to start building your skills for working in mental health settings.

Mental & Behavioral Health Webshops

To access these webshops, please visit Resources on Canvas Commons These self-directed webshops...

Intersectionality in Behavioral Health Interpreting

Scroll down to enroll below! Cultural competencies are essential when interpreting between people...

December 2019 webshop: Specialized Interpreting: Trauma-Informed Approach

Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing communities experience trauma at higher rates than hearing individuals. They also face additional barriers to accessing behavioral health services. Registration will be available December 1 to December 31. Webshop closes at 11:59pm CST on December 31.

Specialized Interpreting: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Registration will be available May 1, 2019. If you missed it the first time when we offered our...


How do I register for the module?

We open registration for the course one week prior to the start date. To view upcoming modules and...

How much does the module cost?

CATIE Center’s modules cost $40. Registering for a module on our Mental Behavioral Health Modules...

Intro to Assessments and Screeners: Mental Health and Suicide

Module dates: May 3-June 4 This new online course offering is designed for ASL/English...

Intro to Psychopharmacology

Module dates: January 11-February 12 For interpreters, being able to understand the effects...

Intro to Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Interpreting

Module Dates: April 26- May 28, 2021 There is a huge need for trained interpreters in domestic...

Intro to Mental Health Interpreting

Module dates: February 15 - March 19th, 2021 Have you ever thought to yourself, "But I don't do...

“Dear White Interpreters”*: Perspectives from Deaf Interpreters of Color

Module Dates: February 1-26 and April 19-May 28, 2021 Please note: Participants have been selected...

Intro to Addiction and Recovery

Module Dates: March 22-April 23, 2021 Are you interested in doing ASL interpreting work in...

Mental & Behavioral Health Modules

We are no longer offering these modules below. To access these resources, please visit our...

Medical Resource

Medical Topics

Career Lattice

Specialist Ongoing Education

This is a viable entry...


Have three years...

Moving from Novice to Intermediate

This is a viable entry...

Using the Lattice

Note that the Lattice starts from the bottom. Interpreters build experience and competencies to move to the top. It may be possible to enter the...

New Tool for Developing a Healthcare Interpreting Career

Do you have an interest in healthcare interpreting?  Without a clear structure for determining competency to interpret in healthcare settings, it is...

About the Lattice

The Healthcare Interpreting Career Lattice is an important step towards improving healthcare interpreting. It provides an outline of what is needed...


June 2024 Module: Introduction to Pharmacology & Medical Terminology

This course is available between June 1-30. This module is an introduction to pharmacology and how medications impact the body. The ability to describe varying kinds of medications as well as human anatomy are foundational skills for ASL/English interpreters to work effectively in healthcare settings.

April 2024 Module: Healthcare Systems for Sign Language Interpreters

This 20 hour module provides sign language interpreters the foundational understanding of healthcare systems. It will cover the additional barriers Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing individuals experience and how those impact health outcomes.

What is a module?

Modules are interactive online courses on Canvas that are more in-depth than a webshop, and you will receive a certificate in addition to CEUs....

November 2023 Module: Oral Health

The first training of its kind developed in partnership with Deaf Dentists in ASL. This module exposes you to information that might be necessary when working with patients in oral healthcare settings. Oral Health module will introduce you to fundamentals of oral healthcare and…

About Body Language

Online series focused on interpreting in healthcare settings and talking about anatomy in ASL.

Self-Study Materials

Birth Companions

Perspectives on Doulas and Nurse Midwives in ASL and English. A creation of the College of St. Catherine in partnership with SLICES, LLC.

An Appointment in Cardiology

This resource features a life-like appointment in cardiology that provides you the opportunity to both view the interpretation created during the filming and practice interpreting it yourself.

Take These Meds

A video resource that features three visits with a pharmacist and allows you to interpret in both a consecutive and simultaneous format, as well as observe the original interpretation.

All in Due Time

This resource features video from 6 sets of Deaf parents sharing their perspectives on childbirth. It is an excellent resource for learning about the different situations that may come up related to childbirth – including medical conditions and procedure and how Deaf people might talk about them in ASL.

STOMACH THIS: The Digestive System in ASL & English

An exploration of the digestive system with lectures in both spoken English and ASL, this resource is an excellent opportunity for interpreters to develop their understanding of anatomy and practice their skills for both academic and clinical settings.

To the Heart of the Matter

The Cardiovascular System in ASL and English. 

Hurry Up & Wait

This video shows a simulated visit to an emergency department by a Deaf patient and allows interpreters the chance to practice their interpreting skills in emergent care.

An Appointment in Gastroenterology

This resource is designed as a follow-up to STOMACH THIS! and represents an opportunity to apply understanding of the digestive system’s anatomy to interpreting an interaction in a clinical setting.

When the Law Meets Medicine

A resource for Deaf and Hearing interpreters working on translating written English texts into American Sign Language.

Vlog Perspective from Interpreters & the Deaf Community

The Support of an Agency

by Brenda Nicodemus Translation by Brenda Nicodemus I can remember one particular incident where I realized the importance of having the support of an interpreting agency. I...

Encouraging Words by Mel Deleon-Benham

Translation by Doug Bowen-Bailey I was asked to share a few encouraging words for new interpreters entering the field. I've been interpreting for 15 years now and have done...

Communication Access for Family of Patients

by Sharon Clark Translation by Jeanna Coulliard About 2 years ago, my aunt Norma came to live with me because she had a lot of health problems, including Alzheimer's disease...

Perspectives on Family Members as Interpreters

The following two videos have two distinct perspectives on having a family member as an interpreter during a medical situation. Communication after a Car Accident by Gerald...

"Into the Light" by Lee Clark

English Summary: Translation by Jenna Coulliard and Doug Bowen-Bailey I think every interpreter has to use their discretion and experience in these situations. I base my own...

"Health is More than Communication Access" by Matt Starr

English Translation by Doug Bowen-Bailey and Matt Starr My name is Matt Starr.  I work at the University of Rochester in New York at the National Center for Deaf Health...

Importance of Certified Interpreters for Medical Appointments

by Jimmy Beldon Translation by Doug Bowen-Bailey I have a story to share with you that is so typical of doctor's offices who claim to have an interpreter working for them...

The Clothes Make the Interpreter?

English Translation by Jeanna Couillard and Doug Bowen-Bailey I have gone to many eye doctor appointments and medical doctor appointments where I have had an interpreter...

Managing Waiting Time

English Summary We received a question from an interpreter who works often in a hospital setting wondering how to manage the waiting time if a Deaf patient is in a hospital...

The Importance of Explaining How to Work with Interpreters

by Jimmy Beldon I want to share a story with you that illustrates the importance of having a pre-appointment discussion with health care providers to make sure they know how...

Healthcare Reader

Discourse and the Triadic Encounter

This six-week advanced course focuses on research and theory on medical discourse and interaction in healthcare interpreting.  To link theory to practice, participants will: Complete readings on healthcare interpreting, Reflect on their own experiences,...

Intro to Interpreting Studies

Healthcare Reader: Intro to Interpreting Studies This course is the first in a series of four linked modules that will help current and aspiring healthcare interpreters to increase their level of knowledge about, and their comfort with, scholarly literature on...

2020 Deafness and Clinical Training by Sanjay Gulati, MD

February 20th – 21st, 2020
Montgomery, Alabama