Ethics in Action 1: Codes of Ethics for Community and Medical Interpreters

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Course description: Critical guidance on what codes of ethics are, why interpreters need them and which codes to follow for community and medical interpreting.

Course length: 1.5 hours


  • Maryland Court Interpreter Program: 1.5 CE credits

  • Ontario Council on Community Interpreting: 1.5 OCCI PDUs


Learning objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define and discuss ethical codes of conduct.

  • List and analyze 9 ethical principles for medical and community interpreters.


What you will get:

  • Your video host: Marjory Bancroft, MA

  • 8 interactive exercises, including an ethics quiz

  • Handout: NCIHC National Code of Ethics for Interpreters in Health Care

  • 1 video of an interpreter facing an ethical dilemma

  • 1 video of a class discussion on ethics

  • An overview of codes of ethics for interpreters, both international and U.S.

  • Sections to download and study from The Community Interpreter®: An International Textbook and The Medical Interpreter: A Foundation Textbook for Medical Interpreting

  • Course completion certificate

How this lesson will improve your practice:

You will:

  • Enhance your ethical decision-making as an interpreter when you face complex challenges in the field.

  • Prepare yourself to manage ethical conflicts.

  • Be able to analyze best courses of action when faced with ethical challenges.

  • Build your knowledge about how interpreter ethics apply to real-life decisions.

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