Ethics in Action 3: Ethical Decision-making for Community and Medical Interpreters

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Course description:  A clear roadmap for how to make effective decisions as an interpreter that support interpreter ethics, professional practice and communicative autonomy.

Course length:  2 hours


  • Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters: 2 CCHI CE hours

  • International Medical Interpreters Association: 0.2 IMIA CEUs

  • Maryland Court Interpreter Program: 2 CE credits

  • Ontario Council on Community Interpreting: 2 OCCI PDUs


Learning objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Use five strategies to guide ethical decision-making in medical or community interpreting.

  • Apply the CHIA ethical decision-making guidelines to a realistic interpreting scenario. 


What you will get:

  • Your video host:  Omari Jeremiah, MA

  • 9 interactive exercises

  • 4 videos of community and medical interpreters facing an ethical challenge

  • An effective 3-step model for saying no to requests that undermine ethical conduct

  • Two role play exercises (English only)

  • 1 self-assessment exercise

  • 1 handout: the CHIA Standards of Practice (from the California Healthcare Interpreting Association)

  • Course completion certificate

 How this lesson will improve your practice:

  • You will have an effective model to decline requests that exceed your scope of practice.

  • You will know how to clarify your role to help others understand your ethical requirements.

  • You will know how to handle requests for the interpreter “to just sign as a witness.”

  • You will know how to handle requests for the interpreters to help fill out forms.

  • You will be able to use the CHIA ethical decision-making guidelines to enhance your ethical practice.

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