These are specific resources that the CATIE Center is featuring at this time.

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Healthcare Interpreting Immersion Illinois

In this workshop, Teri Hedding and Stephanie Winslow will provide opportunities for participants to engage in hands-on and role-play activities using ASL classifiers for different body systems, everyday questions, and procedures/treatments. Ethics in healthcare interpreting will be addressed and applied throughout.  Healthcare literacy challenges in  the Deaf population will be addressed as well as how it can impact the interpreting process during any medical encounter.

For Deaf and Hearing Interpreters with at least 3 years experiences and some background in medical interpreting.  Space is limited to 25 participants!

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Dates and Times

October 27-30, 2016
Thursday: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.


University of Illinois-Springfield
One University Plaza
Springfield, Illinois

Registration fee:  $250 per person

For more information on registration contact Teri Hedding at address below.

CEUs: 2.0 CEUs pending

Questions? Contact Teri Hedding at

Your Trainers

Teri Hedding, MA, CDI, is the manager of Sinai Deaf Health at Sinai Health System where she is responsible for day-to-day management of interpreters and healthcare access to serve Deaf and hard of hearing patients. She also provides health education and medical interpreting workshops for the Deaf and interpreting communities. Teri works as a CDI since 2009 and has interpreted in various situations in medical, mental health, government, business, and legal settings.

Stephanie Winslow is owner and founder of ASLconnect, a sign language interpreting agency in Kansas City that offers on-site interpreting services, conference, event coordination of interpreting services nationwide and workshops and training events. Stephanie carries certifications with RID, Missouri (comprehensive), and Kansas (5/5). She also has served as an evaluator for various interpreter certification systems.

Both Teri and Stephanie completed the Teaching Medical Interpreting training through the CATIE Center.

Medical Interpreting Immersion Spartanburg

We are excited to announce this Medical Interpreting Immersion in Spartanburg, South Carolina, September 22-25, 2016.

This four-day intensive workshop offers application of anatomy and physiology in American Sign Language, with an emphasis on classifiers, specialized terminology used in medical settings, in-depth discussion of interpreting considerations for medical settings, and ethical decision making strategies especially for medical settings.

Dates and Times

Thursday, September 22, 4-9pm
Friday, September 23, 9am-6pm
Saturday, September 24, 9am-6pm

Sunday, September 25, 8am-5pm


University of South Carolina
School of Education
800 University Place
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Registration fee: $260


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The CATIE Center at St. Catherine University is an RID approved sponsor for continuing education activities. This program is offered for 2.5 professional studies CEUs, and assumes some prior knowledge of the topic.


Your trainers

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Paul May

Paul May, M.Ed, DI, ASL Professor, has been teaching ASL since 2000.  He has also taught Deaf and hard of hearing children at several K-12 schools in NC and SC.  Paul and his wife, Holly, are licensed foster parents who had taken in several Deaf boys and are now in the process of adopting a 4-year-old Deaf boy.  Paul has led several workshops including “Introduction to Classifiers” and “Strong Language and Profanity.”  He has produced two video clips: “Depression: An Overlooked Mental Illness” and “HIPAA: Patient’s Privacy Rights” in ASL for Deaf and hard of hearing people. He also developed a website for Services to the Deaf offered at the SC Department of Mental Health as an independent contractor.  Paul plans to pursue a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with hopes of improving Deaf education.  Paul is looking forward to seeing interpreters strengthen their skills and clarity in healthcare settings!

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Roger Williams

Roger Williams, Ph.D. candidate, M.S.W., RID CT, and SCAD/NAD IAP Level 5, is the Director for Deaf Services with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. He received his B.S.W. from the Rochester Institute of Technology, his M.S.W., specializing in community mental health, from the University of Illinois and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina, College of Social Work. Mr. Williams is a S.C. Licensed Master Social Worker and holds an RID Certificate of Transliteration and an SCAD/NAD IAP Level 5 and has been recognized at the state and national level for his leadership in mental health services within the Deaf community.


Contact Paul May at

Cancellation Policy

Now to May 31 – full refund;  June 1 to June 11 – 50% refund; After June 12 – no refund.

New webinar: Healthcare Interpreting Competencies for Trans* and Gender Non-Co

If you missed the live webinar with Alex Jackson Nelson and Tamar Jackson Nelson, you can now register to access the archived version!

Description: This webinar offers fundamental information about Trans* and gender non-conforming identities. Presenters will define and illustrate definitions and sign choices. Unique healthcare needs and options for people in this population will also be described and discussed.

Language: Presented in ASL with English interpretations and captions.

Program Requirements:

  • Computer
  • Internet connection (broadband is best)
  • Ability to watch YouTube videos

Cost: $25, includes CEU processing

Target audience: American Sign Language interpreters working in healthcare or education settings

Read more and register

The career lattice for moving from novice healthcare interpreter to intermediate to specialist

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 not surprising that interpreters, educators, and students are often unclear on the path to work in this specialized area.

Healthcare Interpreting Career Lattice

The Healthcare Interpreting Career Lattice is a new resource from the CATIE Center and NCIEC designed to provide a framework for developing the knowledge and competencies needed for the healthcare setting.

The Healthcare Interpreting Career Lattice maps the phases of development after obtaining a BS/BA degree and certification, to working autonomously as an interpreter in healthcare settings. Interpreters can enter and exit this progression at various points, depending on their background, knowledge, competencies, career goals, and job requirements. Each stage offers recommendations for professional development, and includes links to resources.

The Lattice is useful for:

  • Attracting individuals to the specialty of healthcare interpreting.
  • Providing guidance for those seeking professional development in healthcare interpreting.
  • Offering interpreters at all levels of experience specific information about training, education, and experiences leading to greater expertise.
  • Assisting educators, academic advisors, students and potential students in outlining careers and the critical experiences individuals should acquire to enter and progress through careers in healthcare interpreting.
  • Informing individuals who may rely on interpreting services in healthcare about the general levels of experience, education and training of ASL-English interpreters.

Career lattices are common in many practice professions, such as nursing and physical therapy. They are designed to help people conceptualize professional development within a field. Because there are currently no national certifying or credentialing processes in place for ASL-English healthcare interpreters, the Healthcare Interpreting Career Lattice is a means for Deaf and hearing interpreters to better understand the progression toward competency in healthcare interpreting.

The Healthcare Interpreting Career Lattice relies on the individual interpreter to actively seek out and participate in specific activities and to document completion of the activities. In addition to the current resources included, observation and supervision, as well as mentoring are important components of the professional development of healthcare interpreters. The Lattice provides guidance while promoting individual accountability for one’s career development.

The Lattice is not meant to capture all the details related to specific training or educational activities for advancement in the field of healthcare interpreting, but rather to provide resources and guidelines for developing competency.


Click here to explore the interactive Healthcare Interpreting Career Lattice!

Be sure to check out the wealth of resources in the “additional preparation” boxes.

Please share this information with interpreters, educators, healthcare professionals, and others who may be interested.

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What Brings You Here?

What brings you here?

It’s a simple question that gets asked in doctor’s offices across the country, allowing patients to share the story of their malady or concern.  It’s also a question that we want to help you get answered at this site.   What brings you here today?  We hope it is that you are looking for a forum to get resources related to interpreting in healthcare settings and take part in professional development and dialogue.

In this vein, we have created a series:  What Brings You Here Today?

It contains a variety of Deaf people answering that question as if they were in a doctor’s office.  It’s a great chance for you to see how some Deaf people talk about these types of issues.  We hope, just like it does in a doctor’s appointment, it is only the beginning to the process.

You will be able to see ASL responses on a variety of ailments and from a variety of generations.  To begin with, we are featuring three generations of the Beldon family.

Check it out.