Bridging the Gap is a 64-hour professional development program that prepares bilingual individuals to work as medical interpreters. It is used to train novice and experienced medical interpreters, and it is accepted by both accredited national certifying bodies, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI). No interpreting experience is required to take the class.
This course covers:
Basic interpreting skills. Roles, ethics, conduit and clarifier interpreting, managing the flow of the session.
Codes of ethics. Codes of ethics and decision-making for interpreters in health care.
Integrated medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology. Introduction to common terms, procedures, and specialties relating to human physiology and health.
Interpreting in mental health. Specialized strategies and skills that apply to the unique demands of mental health settings.
Information on health care systems. Introduction to the health care systems and types of health care providers.
Culture in interpreting. Self-awareness, basic characteristics of specific cultures, traditional health care in specific communities, culture brokering.
Communication skills for advocacy. Listening skills, communication styles, how doctors think, appropriate advocacy.
Professional development. Effective communication, professional conduct, self-care, resources for professional growth.