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The County of Fresno Presents: Behavioral Health Interpreter Training For Interpreters 4 Day Webinar

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October 13-16, 2020
Live Webinar

The need to communicate effectively and convey information in a manner that is easily understood by Limited English Proficient (LEP) clients in any clinical situation in which behavioral health services are provided is critical. The number of LEP clients far exceeds the available number of bilingual, bicultural behavioral health professionals. Properly trained Interpreters can fill a crucial role in improving the quality of care to clients whose first language is not English, ensuring accurate and complete communication to minimize risk and maximize appropriate care. This intensive 4 part, 14 hour webinar is designed to provide instruction on the fundamental principles of interpreting. The goal is to greatly improve interpreting skills, close any communication gaps, and enhance quality of care. Provided at no cost for attendees.

Presenter Bios:

Dr. Jana Spalding, MD, CPSS, works as a behavioral health consultant, educator and speaker. Born and raised in Panama, she is bilingual in English and Spanish, and is conversant with cultural practices as they impact health in the Hispanic communities. A graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine, she pursued her Pediatric residency at UCLA and at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Following her own bout with debilitating major mental illness, she turned to peer support, administration and education in behavioral health. With 23 years’ experience in the field, she has also taught and developed curricula on recovery from mental illness and lifestyle change in cultural contexts at Arizona State University and at the University of Arizona. She has enjoyed collaborating with the National Latino Behavioral Health Association to promote cultural humility among health services recipients and providers. With the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance she works as a peer support instructor, and as a translator of their curriculum into Spanish and delivering peer support training in Spanish. Her work has highlighted the value of peer support across the entire spectrum of health and wellness, and the promise the application of the principles of recovery holds for all.
Gia Lee is the Hmong interpreter and translator for Fresno County for approximately 20 years and he has been a Lao interpreter for about five years. He is a self-employed independent contractor and received his certificate for Lao language from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and was previously a CHIA member. He has participated and worked with the National Latino Behavioral Health Association as a co-interpreter trainer for a year. Currently, he is a decor specialist and is involved within the communities whether it is in town or out of town including being a life insurance agent. This keeps him busy because he enjoys working all around with people. Gia was born in Laos then moved to Thailand and was raised there as a refugee when he was about 7 years old. He went to school and learned the Thai language in the refugee camp until middle school. After this, his family moved to the United States in 1987 where he continued his education in college and graduated with an Associate Degree in Human Services and finally graduated with his Bachelor Degree of Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1999. He then moved to Fresno in 2000 and worked for Fresno and Clovis Unified School District as a teacher aid and helped translate for parents who had language barriers. In that same year, he got hired as an independent contractor within Fresno County and other translation agencies and has continued working as an interpreter.


1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Daily

Learning Objectives:  

• Distinguish the importance of interpreting in behavioral health settings and populations
• Identify key federal legislation
• Describe the difference between high and low context communication and the role of culture and language in the interpreting process
• Demonstrate comprehension of cultural beliefs for the causes of mental health conditions
• Recognize the four major roles of an Interpreter AND the major modes of interpreting
• Discern the need for self-care, setting limits and elements of the code of ethics and professional conduct for Interpreters
• Acknowledge the need for self-care and setting limits
• Explain the purpose of the pre-session, in-session and post-session
• Practice improving introduction techniques



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This Ce-Classes.com course is approved for CE credit by:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA) Ce-Classes.com is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Ce-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit.
  • Social workers participating in this course will receive 13 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.

  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2023
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-147-0221 Expires 2-2021
  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners, Continuing Education Provider – 5674 expires 4/30/2021.
  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors, Continuing Education Provider
  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: 2293
  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201 Expires 5/31/2021
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