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Current offerings of various modules of the Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series are being offered around the country (links to events on the map above). The series has been offered in many areas since 1982 (green on map to left). If you'd like to bring the series to your area, let us know! We'd love to see this map filled with green!

We have not yet offered Foundations in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming.

Coordinate a Foundations Seminar
These specifics are necessary for determining if we can arrange for a Foundations of Interpreting seminar(s) in your state. Please submit all the information below, providing as much detail as possible for us to begin the planning process. Please note that it is best to plan 6-9 months in advance in order to secure a location, get CEUs approved, set up registration and payment, advertise, and to receive a sufficient number of registrants before a determined registration deadline. Specialty Foundations seminars (Deaf and Coda) will only happen with a sufficient number of people committed to participating. Reach out to us if you have a core group of 12 or more.
Identify the calendar period that you're considering, at least six months from now. Foundations seminars include Friday night, full day Saturday, and Sunday morning sessions. (Exception: 2 module seminars begin Thursday night, full day Friday and Saturday, and Sunday morning.)
Include facility name, address, and any specific building or room numbers. If you have not yet identified a location, please note it is necessary to do so early in the registration process.
Who is sponsoring CEUs? How much will it cost? How will people pay for it?
Please identify potential (or definite) coordinator by name.
Provide the preferred email address for the coordinator.
Other information you may want to collect during registration. For example, if this is a Deaf Interpreter Foundations seminar, you may want to have registrants confirm they are deaf. Or if you are providing food, you may want to inquire about food allergies. Any information you want to collect, simply come up with a question and the type of response you're looking to receive.

Impact of Foundations Seminars

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Comments from Foundations Evaluations

Any suggestions, ideas, or comments?

Thank you for establishing a safe environment for me to learn. As a student this was an eye opening experience. (A good one. smile) I hope to continue to learn. A seed has been planted for me to analyze more deeply.

In what ways did the workshop presenter facilitate your learning?

The fact we started from the ground and built up.. Identifying our own starting points, habits, and thought processes. Then taking us through each step of analyzing a message, each component stripped down to the nuts/bolts. Then how these components at the core are the message, and if you change just one part it can effect everything.

What did you learn during this session?

How much there still is to learn surprised

There is validity in variety- everyone is in their own place, and that's ok.

Why Deaf and Coda Foundations?

Why are there Foundations seminars for hearing interpreters, coda interpreters, and deaf interpreters?

Deaf Interpreter Scholarship Fund

The Deaf Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series is offered for Deaf Interpreters. This specialized series is for Deaf Interpreters only. Additional seminars conducted in ASL are designed to ensure that Deaf Interpreters have opportunities and choice of high quality professional development.

Donations from the larger interpreting community and other supporters allow BMC to provide these seminars to our Deaf Interpreter colleagues at lower cost.

Click here to contribute to the Deaf Interpreter Scholarship Fund.

Foundations of Interpreting

The Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series provides insights into The Integrated Model of Interpreting and the processes we engage in while interpreting. Click here for more information on the series as well as a schedule of current seminars being offered.

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