OSTI 2015 Conference coming soon!

Fall Greetings!

This is Erin, member of OSTI’s Continuing Education Committee and one of the organizers for our 2nd annual conference Building the Vocabulary of Success on October 9th (evening only) and 10th (all day). The big event is just three weeks away so you will want to act soon before prices go up.

Please use this map for directions.
OSTI Conference Driving Directions

CE Credits
Have you been waiting to register until continuing education (CE) credits were approved? Your wait is now over. The Oregon Judicial Department has granted 6 general credits for the conference and the American Translator’s Association (ATA) has granted 7 CE credits.

Register before September 26th to get the early bird special:
Click here to go to the Eventbrite site!

What about CE credits for medical interpreters?
Here is a direct quote from http://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org/recertify:

“The National Board accepts continuing education units (CEU) for courses and workshops approved by the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA), the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI), the American Translator’s Association (ATA) and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). ATA and RID CEUs must be for workshops, conferences, and events that are related to medical interpreting knowledge and skills enhancement.”

It is ultimately up to the National Board, but you should get credit for Mary Soots’ and Sarah Walter’s presentations at the very least, which total 4 CE hours.

The Certification Commission for Health Care Interpreters has a complete listing of accepted CE topics here.

Again, it is ultimately up to CCHI, but Mary Soots’ and Sarah Walter’s presentations fall under their categories of Demonstrate Cultural Responsiveness and Understand Healthcare Terminology, respectively, which total 4 CE hours.

I need a place to stay, can you help?
Lotte, also a member of the Continuing Education Committee and conference organizer, has graciously offered to help match out-of-towners with locals who have room(s) to host one or more people. If you are able to offer a room or need a room, please contact Lotte at lotteschmitz@msn.com and write “Conference lodging” in the subject line.

Why should I go to the conference?
This is a great chance to expand your knowledge, feel inspired by connecting with others in the field, support the efforts of your local, professional organization, and share experiences with your peers. It also gives the OSTI board and committees a chance to meet current and prospective members and hear directly from you how we can support you.

Survey feedback from last years’ conference attendees
The speakers were phenomenal! They were knowledgeable and engaging, and covered a wide range of topics.

The speakers were excellent and the topics they spoke about very interesting. I am very happy that I went and that I knew about this.

I appreciated that there was plenty of information for both translators and interpreters to take away, even in the presentations that were geared more toward one or the other.

I learned a lot, kudos!!!!

Register today!
Click here to go to the Eventbrite site!

Conference questions? Email Erin at erinkneff@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you next month!

Erin Neff-Minyard, Ed.M., CHI™
Continuing Education Committee
Oregon Society for Translators and Interpreters