The Role of the Behavioral Health Interpreter

The Role of the Behavioral Health Interpreter 

In this course, you will learn about the variety of roles and functions in which behavioral health interpreters engage. Interpreters, other mental health professionals, and consumers alike benefit from you having a solid understanding of different types of interpreting, tools available to you, and techniques for interpreting. Given the diverse groups that you are likely to be working with, this course also gives you an overview of the standards and competency criteria for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) for healthcare interpreting. Finally, we will discuss the challenges of interpreting in health and human service settings. This course blends a didactic approach with interactive exercises that give you the chance to apply the knowledge you gain along the way. Armed with this information, you'll be well-prepared to know how to most effectively provide interpretation services in a health and human service setting. Disclaimer: Some states have adopted their own healthcare interpreter ethical principles, protocols and standards. Check with your state regarding possible state-specific guidelines.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Georgia Paraprofessionals


Course Details

Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Describe the roles and functions of the behavioral health interpreter as well as types of interpreting tools and techniques.
Describe the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards and competency criteria for behavioral health interpreting.
Explain the challenges and ethics of interpreting in behavioral health settings.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Roles and Functions A. CLAS Standards B. Roles of the Interpreter C. Issues in Interpreting in a Behavioral Health Setting D. Issues in Interpreting in a Behavioral Health Setting Section 3: Types of Interpreting A. Types of Interpreting Section 4: Standards and Competency Criteria B. Competencies of Interpreters C. Standards and Competencies D. Competencies of Interpreters Exercise E. Competencies of Interpreters F. Competencies Of Interpreters G. Competencies of Interpreters H. Competencies of Interpreters I. Competencies Of Interpreters J. CLAS Standards For Interpreters Section 5: Challenges of Interpreting in Behavioral Health Settings A. Challenges of Language B. Challenges in Settings and Treatment Modalities C. Challenges in Interpersonal Dynamics Section 6: Interpreter Tools, Techniques and Resources A. Becoming an Interpreter B. NCIHC Guide to Positioning Settings C. Glossary Section 7: Summary A. Course Review

Expert Reviewer: Arizona Council
The Arizona Council of Human Service Providers is Arizona’s premier trade association representing the interest of behavioral health, substance abuse, child welfare and juvenile justice service agencies throughout Arizona. Our roots can be traced to March 8th, 1964 when the Arizona Council of Child Care Agencies was formed by nine administrators who needed an opportunity to meet and share common problems and concerns in providing residential care to children. In 1999, the Arizona Council of Centers for Children and Adults (ACCCA) merged with the Arizona Association of Behavioral Health Programs to form the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers (the Council) and the Arizona Foundation for Human Service Providers (the Foundation). While the Association specialized in issues related to the state’s behavioral health system and ACCCA focused primarily on child welfare and juvenile justice concerns, both organizations promoted the value of service delivery systems built on the foundation of locally owned and operated provider agencies. They also supported the continued development of quality service delivery systems by providing advocacy, education, technical assistance, training and information to the community-based agencies that comprised their memberships. Disclosure: Arizona Council has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level General Staff; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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