UMTIA: Upper Midwest Translators & Interpreters Association, A Chapter of the ATA


Here you can see all of UMTIA's upcoming events. Make sure you scroll down so you don't miss any! Also, at the bottom of this page, you can find all of UMTIA's past events from 2010 on. We hope to see you soon at one of our workshops!

Upcoming events

    • 19 May 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Market at Malcolm Yards

    UMTIA In-person Happy Hour!


    UMTIA board members are excited to host the first in-person Happy Hour for Interpreters and Translators! We invite you to join us for an evening of networking and socializing. 

    Date:         Thursday, May 19, 2022
                       7:00 pm
     - 9:00 pm CDT

    Location:  The Market at Malcolm Yards
    Location:  501 30th Ave SE
    Location:  Minneapolis, MN 55414

    This is a FREE event. Please register to attend.

    • 30 Jun 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom.

    Advanced Practice Strategies for Interaction Management and Sociolinguistic Negotiation


    Interpreters who employ advanced practice strategies in the healthcare encounter, instead of just “message in/message out,” can enhance communication and improve the outcomes for the patient. The presenter will review current ethical guidelines which support innovative decision-making. The presenter will share specific techniques for interpreters to consider using, and for educators and managers to consider encouraging and supporting. The presenter will argue that these techniques, if we use them, can improve our perceived value in the encounter. The strategies include scripts, creative visual aids, and innovative options to better negotiate technical words and sophisticated concepts--all of which can enhance communication, trust, and compliance with the plan of care. Finally, the presenter will argue that interpreters who work in the healthcare setting make more effective decisions and further raise the status of healthcare interpreters when they possess emotional intelligence and soft skills.


    • Review specific scripts to educate patients, caregivers, providers, nurses, and staff of your decision-making process and the value you bring to the encounter

    • Explore specific visual aids to facilitate communication and enhance the clinical outcome

    • Gain collaboration skills and innovative solutions to navigate the meaning of jargon and technical concepts

    • Enhance your value by mastering your ability to negotiate in the setting of healthcare-related dialogue


    Andrea Henry has enjoyed working professionally in the field of healthcare interpreting for 25 years. Most of those years have been in face-to-face interpreting of dialogue in both adult and children’s healthcare settings. Interpreting on the frontlines is her biggest joy. Additionally, Andrea has learned a great deal from many roles in this field having worked as a freelance interpreter, full-time OPI interpreter, interpreter coordinator for two healthcare organizations, interpreter trainer, full-time F2F interpreter in a level 1 trauma center, and interpreter researcher.  She has extensive experience in written translation (e.g., English > Spanish home care instructions), public speaking, and mentoring novice interpreters. Andrea's areas of interest and expertise include specialization (e.g., pediatric cancer, pediatric heart defects, etc.), outside-the-box methods for navigating technical speech and sociolinguistic bumps, and value-added scripting for improved encounter interaction. Andrea is strongly invested in moving our field forward by sharing strategies that improve communication and the patient’s clinical outcome, as well as raise our perceived value. She has received 200+hours of continuing education and has attended 30+ conferences. Andrea is a volunteer member of the NCIHC Home for Trainers webinar workgroup and was named a CCHI commissioner in 2021. She regularly presents on advanced practice strategies for healthcare interpreters. Finally, Andrea is the principal investigator on grant-funded research on development and validation of a tool that measures complexity and mental fatigue in the healthcare encounter.

    Thursday, June 30, 2022
                      6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CDT)

    Online via Zoom. The link to join the workshop will be provided closer to the event date.

    CEUs:     2 hours ATA  - CCHI - IMIA (Pending)

    Cost:       $ 20 for members
    Cost:       $ 40 for non-members

    Registration will close on Wednesday, June 29 at 6:00 pm CDT

    Attendees MUST be present for the entire duration of the event to receive a CEU Certificate. We will be taking attendance. 


16 Apr 2022 The State of Mental Health for Children and Adolescents: A Review
29 Jan 2022 How I Went from Translator to Subtitler in Just a Few Months
04 Dec 2021 Virtual Coffee with UMTIA
20 Nov 2021 Translating the World of Geek and Pop Culture
28 Oct 2021 German Language Division Dinner and Social Event During ATA's 62nd Annual Conference
23 Sep 2021 UMTIA Virtual Support Group
18 Sep 2021 Things you didn't know you didn't know about medical translation
26 Jun 2021 Maternal-Fetal Medicine Vocabulary for Interpreters
22 May 2021 Preparing for the ATA Certification Exam: ‘Have I Got What It Takes?’
22 Apr 2021 UMTIA Virtual Happy Hour!
20 Mar 2021 Webinar: Do You Want to be a Subtitler?
16 Dec 2020 Virtual Happy Hour!
10 Oct 2020 Interactive Virtual Training: Remote Interpreting
29 Aug 2020 Webinar: Improving the Quality of Translation/Interpreting Services and Medical Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Patients
18 Jun 2020 Second Free Virtual Support Group
25 Apr 2020 ATA Exam Sitting - COMPUTERIZED (CANCELLED)
21 Apr 2020 Free Virtual Support Group
21 Mar 2020 Pronouns and Transgender Patients (CANCELLED)
22 Feb 2020 Interpreting in Cases of Domestic Violence
11 Feb 2020 Interpreter Support Group
05 Nov 2019 2019 UMTIA Annual Membership Meeting
21 Sep 2019 Interpreting for Solid Organ Donation
04 Aug 2019 UMTIA Members & Volunteers Recognition Barbecue
13 Jul 2019 Workshop on Special Education
19 Jun 2019 Interpreter Support Group
22 May 2019 Interpreters Café
27 Apr 2019 ATA Exam Sitting- COMPUTERIZED!
30 Mar 2019 Workshop on Advanced Legal Terminology Procedures
09 Mar 2019 Sight Translation Workshop
05 Mar 2019 Spring 2019 Translators Café
08 Dec 2018 Dynamic Duo: Interpreters and Speech-Language Pathologists
06 Dec 2018 Winter 2018 Translators Café
17 Nov 2018 2018 UMTIA Annual Membership Meeting
06 Oct 2018 Interpreting for Special Education
08 Sep 2018 Sight Translation Workshop
07 Aug 2018 Summer 2018 Translators Café
15 Jul 2018 UMTIA Volunteer Recognition BBQ
07 Jul 2018 Interpreter Support Group
20 Jun 2018 Translation Workshop
28 Apr 2018 ATA Exam Sitting- COMPUTERIZED!
24 Mar 2018 Translating and Interpreting Challenging Terminology in Russian, Somali and Spanish
27 Feb 2018 Winter 2018 Translators Café
09 Dec 2017 Infection Control Workshop for Health Care Interpreters
11 Nov 2017 2017 UMTIA Conference 11/11/17
03 Oct 2017 Wordfast: Translation Memory Tool Training
06 Aug 2017 Volunteer Recognition Barbecue!
01 Aug 2017 Summer 2017 Translators Cafe
22 Jul 2017 Interpreter Support Group
20 May 2017 Interpreter Support Group
06 May 2017 Childhood Speech Development
29 Apr 2017 ATA Exam Sitting- COMPUTERIZED!
01 Apr 2017 Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Interpreters
11 Mar 2017 Introduction to Genetics, Oncology and Cancer Genetics (repetition)
23 Feb 2017 Agency work for interpreters... Is it really freelance?
04 Feb 2017 Getting into character
30 Jan 2017 Translator's Cafe
21 Jan 2017 Interpreter Support Group
19 Nov 2016 2016 Membership Meeting with Keynote Speaker Judge Luis A. Bartolomei
12 Nov 2016 Minneapolis Secondary Traumatic Stress and Compassion Fatigue Support Group
22 Oct 2016 St. Paul Secondary Traumatic Stress and Compassion Fatigue Support Group
24 Sep 2016 Introduction to Genetics, Oncology and Cancer Genetics (repetition)
10 Sep 2016 Minneapolis Secondary Traumatic Stress and Compassion Fatigue Support Group
14 Aug 2016 Volunteer Recognition Barbecue!
06 Aug 2016 St. Cloud Secondary Traumatic Stress and Compassion Fatigue Support Group
04 Jun 2016 Introduction to Genetics, Oncology and Cancer Genetics
19 Mar 2016 Interpreter Ethics and Self-Advocacy and Legal Glossary Development or Spanglish in the Courtroom
06 Feb 2016 "Witness and narrator: Addressing problems of secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue in spoken language interpreting".
03 Dec 2015 Interpreter Compassion Fatigue Support Group
21 Nov 2015 Interpreter Compassion Fatigue Support Group
05 Nov 2015 Interpreter Compassion Fatigue Support Group
24 Oct 2015 2015 Membership Meeting
17 Oct 2015 Interpreter Compassion Fatigue Support Group
01 Oct 2015 Interpreter Compassion Fatigue Support Group
19 Sep 2015 Interpreter Compassion Fatigue Support Group
16 May 2015 Criminal Process and Terminology for Interpreters
09 May 2015 ATA Exam Sitting
11 Apr 2015 April 11th, ATA Exam Preparation Workshop
28 Mar 2015 "Witness and narrator: Addressing problems of secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue in spoken language interpreting".
21 Feb 2015 Pain and Palliative Care for the Health Care Interpreter
05 Apr 2014 Demand-Control Schema for Health Care Interpreters
08 Mar 2014 Note-Taking Workshop for Dialogue Interpreters. St Cloud, MN
01 Mar 2014 UMTIA Neurology workshop.
25 Jan 2014 "Got ethics? Parameters of ethical decision-making"
02 Nov 2013 2013 Annual Membership Meeting
19 Oct 2013 Rx for interpreters
05 Oct 2013 Note-Taking Workshop for Dialogue Interpreters
19 Sep 2013 Transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
15 Sep 2013 Advanced Somali Court Interpreting Preparation
17 Aug 2013 Preparing for the Court Interpreter Exam
14 Aug 2013 What is the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)?
18 May 2013 Orthopaedics Workshop For Medical Interpreters
14 May 2013 Wordfast Anywhere: Translation Memory Tool Training
06 Apr 2013 Note-Taking Workshop for Dialogue Interpreters
26 Jan 2013 An Exploration of Ethical Decision Making and Boundaries in Health Care Interpreting
17 Nov 2012 Translating Mental Health Encounters in Primary Care and Behavioral Health
29 Sep 2012 Oncology Workshop
04 Aug 2012 ATA Exam Preparation Workshop
11 Jul 2012 Business Practices and Business Presence
14 Apr 2012 Compiling a Medical Interpreter's Glossary: Obstetrics, Gynecology and Genetic Counseling
10 Mar 2012 FREE CERTIFICATION SYMPOSIUM & UMTIA Annual Membership Meeting
19 Nov 2011 Cardiology Workshop for Healthcare Interpreters
15 Oct 2011 Interpreting and Professionalism: A Roundtable Discussion
17 Sep 2011 Grief & Trauma Workshop for HealthCare Interpreters
30 Jul 2011 Law and Terminology of Immigration for Interpreters
09 Apr 2011 Urology Workshop for Healthcare Interpreters
15 Jan 2011 Anatomy of a Court Case
08 Nov 2010 Educational Survey Development Meeting
25 Sep 2010 Become a Sponsor of the 2010 UMTIA Conference
25 Sep 2010 2010 UMTIA Conference Registration
25 Sep 2010 Advertisement Sales--2010 UMTIA Conference
25 Sep 2010 Vendor Registration--2010 UMTIA Conference

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