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40-Hour Community Interpretation Training Institute (CITI): A Statewide Interpretation Course from Asian Women's Shelter

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 02:50PM

Interpretation is a complex honed skill, intensely crafted through study and practice. Interpretation with survivors of intimate violence is additionally complex, but training on community interpretation in social service and intimate violence settings is hard to find. 

This one-of-a-kind training course to will help boost your provision of interpretation in service and advocacy settings, whether full-time, part-time, or ad-hoc. 

The 40-hour CITI Program hosted by Asian Women's Shelter includes the following:

  1. Webinar on Monday, November 20, 2017, 9:30am - 5:30pm
  2. Webinar on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 9:30am - 5:30pm
  3. Three day in-person training institute, December 6, 7, and 8, 2017, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Participation in all 40 hours is required for a certificate of completion.

Registration is free. Space is limited to 35 participants, and registration is handled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The foundation of the AWS CITI program is the assumption that interpretation is a basic right for all limited English proficient (LEP) individuals and families engaging with public services and systems; it is essential for safety, equality and justice. 

Social services for individuals and families overcoming domestic violence are as critical as court and hospital services, and similarly publicly funded-mandated to be provided equally to all, without discrimination based on national origin and language.

Although California has taken significant steps in building state infrastructure for legal and medical interpretation, community interpretation in the social service sector remains nearly completely unsupported and overlooked. The CITI course is one component of a statewide solution. 

Topics covered include: language and meaning, working with literal and figurative language, legislation for language access, essential interpretation practices, myths and facts about interpretation, navigating anti-violence and social service systems, interpreter ethics and standards of practice, modes of interpretation, interpreter pre-sessions, culture and violence, working with taboo language, and more. Participants will work on individual exercises during webinars, and with language partners at the in-person training to build their violence-related vocabulary, fluency, and confidence. Course materials are not geared toward simultaneous conference interpreting or interpretation in court-based, academic, international government, or business settings.

Eligibility requirements:
1) connection (paid or unpaid) to an organization that provides direct services related to domestic violence;

2) being in a position to provide interpretation upon completion of the CITI program;

3) significant proficiency in English and one non-English language; and

4) commitment to all three segments of the training institute.

If you register but do not meet the above eligibility requirements, you may not be accepted as a participant in this Community Interpretation Training Institute.

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Event Contact Information

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Asian Women's Shelter