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Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters
Tell us about a time when you had to discern between advocating for the health and well-being of the patient and respecting the autonomy of the patient or other participants in the encounter.
Life is full of choices and most people respond to making choices with absolute dread. Whether or not to accept a job offer? Where to go eat? Should you make that risky but potentially lucrative investment? But in a workplace setting, some choices can pose a real conflict for a person forcing them to choose between their moral or ethical principles.
Ethical dilemmas are more than just uncomfortable situations. Ethical dilemmas can have negative consequences and healthcare interpreters are not exempt from facing some serious challenges in their work of bridging communication between two or more people. Yes, we are guided by a National Code of Ethics and National Standards of Practice, but what happens when certain situations force an interpreter to choose one ethical principle over another?
In 2002, the California Healthcare Interpreters Association (with funding from the California Endowment) published the California Standards for Healthcare Interpreters, which included guidance for ethical decision making. While a helpful guide, it’s important that interpreters prepare themselves through engaging in dialogue and sharing of encounters which posed an ethical dilemma through the course of their work. This sharing must be done in a way that respects all parties involved but allows for input from practitioners from all walks of life and all levels of experience.
To that end, the Certification Commission of Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) is pleased to launch #CCHIchat, a social media forum for healthcare interpreters, trainers, managers, and administrators of language services to engage in a meaningful and respectful way around a series of different categories of ethical dilemmas.
Over the next few months, you will see posts on social media asking you to share examples of situations that you have been confronted with.
Follow #CCHIchat on Facebook and Twitter and please participate! As always… your voice will shape the future of healthcare interpreting, and we hope to have your valuable input as part of this initiative!
Thank you for attending CCHI's webinar "Demystifying Sight Translation in Healthcare Settings"! We do NOT issue certificates for viewing the PowerPoint slides or other materials provided on this page.
If you need to receive a certificate, please complete the online training module now available at http://cchiinterpreters.org. To enroll in the online training module on that page, first, read instructions below the webinar title, then click on the title of the webinar to create an account or log in.
Here are the links to the materials used during the webinar:
"General Consent for Care and Treatment Consent" by Appledore Medical Group:
"General Consent and Acknowledgement Form" by Jackson Purchase Medical Associates:
"General Consent for Treatment" by Tolland Imaging Center, LLC:
Any CCHI-certified interpreter, whose certification is current, may purchase a CCHI Certified Interpreter Photo ID Badge.
At the time of ordering the badge, your certification expiration date must be more than 3 months ahead.
The cost of one CCHI Photo ID Badge is $26.00 (As of April 25, 2017).
This includes one badge, one lanyard and the shipping fee within the contiguous United States. (If shipping to Hawaii and outside the U.S., additional shipping charges may apply.) All payments are by credit or debit card only and are processed via phone, email or fax.
How to order your badge
1. Get a picture for the badge with the following specifications:
4. After your information is received and verified by CCHI, you will be contacted by Ms. Lueschen via email to review your badge and pay.
5. All payments are by credit or debit card and are processed via phone, email or fax. Sorry, no online payments or checks at this time.
This Holiday Season we would like to thank you, our community of certified interpreters, in a new way.
We want to reward you for referring your colleagues and friends to apply for CCHI certification. Both you and the interpreter you refer will receive a gift from CCHI in the form of a gift card or renewal discount for the referrer and an application discount for the referred. Please read carefully the Instructions and Terms below.
We know how passionate and dedicated you are. Together, we have the power to change the industry expectations of the healthcare interpreter. We can do it, one interpreter at a time!
Refer A Friend Campaign Instructions and Terms
1. Campaign actions by the CCHI-certified interpreter referring a friend:
2. Campaign actions by the person who is referred to become certified:
3. Campaign period: November 26, 2015 (12:00 am EST) - January 31, 2016 (11:59 pm EST).
4. Who can make a referral:
Any CCHI-certified interpreter whose certification is up-to-date during the campaign period can participate in this campaign. Limitation: Current CCHI Commissioners, employees (including raters), proctors, and advisors are NOT eligible to receive any gift(s) or discount(s) from CCHI for making a referral, however, they may refer candidates to apply using their referral code.
5. Who can be referred:
Any interpreter who wants to become certified, meets all CCHI's eligibility requirements (click here to review these requirements), and has not submitted their CCHI's application as of 11:59 pm EST on 11/25/15. Participation in this campaign does not offer or constitute any special considerations for applicants and does not guarantee their application acceptance. All candidates must meet all CCHI's eligibility requirements.
6. Each eligible CCHI-certified interpreter can make an unlimited number of complete referrals by January 31, 2016. (See #1b for the definition of a complete referral).
7. Waiver. Each participant of this Refer a Friend Campaign releases, discharges, and exonerates CCHI, its officers, employees, and agents, and any other persons from any and all liability arising out of implementing this campaign. CCHI reserves the right to prematurely terminate this campaign without prior notice in our sole discretion for reasons including, without limitation, failure to abide by the spirit of the campaign.