This free course is offered by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).
Course Description: Between 1990 and 2013, the number of individuals with limited English proficiency in the United States grew by 80%. This represents 9% of the total U.S. population. And more than one in every five people in the US currently speaks a language other than English at home. Our civil and criminal justice systems must effectively respond to all people seeking safety and justice through the courts, including those with limited-English proficiency. Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault can face special challenges as they navigate the justice system. A survivor with Limited-English proficiency (LEP) can encounter even greater obstacles to finding help, recovery and justice. This introductory course— Interpreting for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases— seeks to equip court and legal interpreters with fundamental knowledge and insights about domestic violence and sexual assault that will enhance their ability to help LEP survivors make their voices heard.
Interpreting for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases consists of self-paced interactive modules guided by a virtual coach. Participants can move through the course with several navigational tools and may return to various learning points. The first two modules of the course offer a learning experience for interpreters as well as other professionals in the justice system who may encounter domestic violence and sexual assault survivors with limited English proficiency. Subsequent modules will have a greater focus on the interpreter’s role and the critical skills and specific knowledge needed to most competently interpret in domestic violence and sexual assault cases.
Continuing Education Credit: 2.0 CEU for Nevada certified and registered court interpreters. No CLE accreditation. (Court Interpreter Continuing Education Course Attendance Affidavit required to receive continuing education credit.)
For more information and to register go to Interpreting for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases at the NCSC website. Note: You will need to create an NCSC account if you don’t have one in order to take this free course.
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The Nevada Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Courts has partnered with the New Mexico Language Access Center to offer this online course.
Course Description: The Language Access Basic Training (LABT) is an interactive training that is downloaded by users and provides introduction to language access for all court employees. The purpose of the training is to ensure that all court employees have a basic understanding of their ethical and legal obligations, as well as current best practices in serving limited English proficient and non-English speaking individuals. The course consists of 3 modules: Fundamentals, Bilingual Skills-Building, and Bilingual Skills Assessment. The AOC has purchased a limited number of licenses for use by the Courts for Modules 1 and 2. There is a $75 fee for Module 3, payable to AOC by the court or employee.
Who Should Attend: This course is designed for credentialed court interpreters and prospective court interpreters. However, judicial officers, quasi-judicial officers and court staff are also invited to attend.
Continuing Education Credit: Modules 1 and 2, 4.0 CEU and Module 3, 2.0 CEU for certified and registered court interpreters. No CLE credit.
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2017 Understanding and Preventing Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue in the Court Community (Court Interp)
(Recorded Webinar May 23, 2017)
Training Description: We individually and collectively affected by trauma through the work we do each day. We are traumatized by what we see, hear, and read and by the questions we must ask and the answers we receive. Most of us have lived with the message that "if we care enough, we'll tough it out." We are learning very quickly that we have been deceiving each other and ourselves with such a mantra. In fact, the toll that trauma takes is significant and serious. As representatives of the courts, we cannot be delinquent in tending to our needs while embracing our roles as public servants.
This course is designed for all judicial officers, quasi-judicial officers, court staff, credentialed court interpreters, and prospective court interpreters.
Faculty: Judge Elizabeth Kerns, Kings County Superior Court, Washington and Dr. Peter Jaffe, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children and Washington University, Canada
Continuing Education Credit: 1.5 CEU for certified and registered court interpreters; 1.5 CLE/CJE of which 1.0 is SAM (Certificate of Attendance and/or Certificate of Completion required to receive continuing education credit.) NOTE: CLE credit for this course is approved through December 31, 2020 and will then be stale dated.
(Recorded September 18, 2017)
Training Description: During this session, presenters will review the Nevada Code of Professional Responsibility. The training will outline the 10 different areas of the Nevada Code of Professional Responsibility and discuss various ethical considerations for credentialed court interpreters.
This course is designed for all credentialed court interpreters, prospective court interpreters, judicial officers, quasi-judicial officers, and court staff.
Faculty: Gigi Sefchick, Washoe County District Attorney's Office; David Gordon, Judicial Education, Supreme Court of Nevada, Administrative Office of the Courts; and Kareen Prentice, Court Interpreters Program, Supreme Court of Nevada, Administrative Office of the Courts
Continuing Education Credit: 1.0 Ethics CEU for certified and registered court interpreters; 1.0 Ethics CLE/CJE. (Certificate of Attendance and/or Certificate of Completion required to receive continuing education credit.) NOTE: CLE credit for this course is approved through December 31, 2020 and will then be stale dated.