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Fri, Feb 09


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Effectively Working with Interpreters within Efforts to Support System Involved Youth

Nima Novak

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Effectively Working with Interpreters within Efforts to Support System Involved Youth
Effectively Working with Interpreters within Efforts to Support System Involved Youth

Time & Location

Feb 09, 2024, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST

Online Event

About the Event

Nima Novak

Training Description

Interpreters facilitate effective communication, ensuring accurate understanding of information and rights. They empower system involved youth to participate actively in legal proceedings and decision-making processes. Interpreters also bridge cultural and linguistic gaps, establishing trust, avoiding misunderstandings, and promoting fair and equitable treatment for system-involved youth and their families whose primary language is not English. In this training, participants will be guided through a sequence of learning discussions to explore and understand how to work with interpreters effectively. Learning activities will include: lecture with concrete steps, self-reflection, storytelling of real life examples and participant question time.

Learning Objectives

· Participants will be able to explain how to organize a meeting, session, or interview for system involved youth when working with an interpreter.

· Participants will be able to explain the two different types of interpretation.

· Participants will be able to identify 2 strategies for problem solving when barriers arise when working with interpreters within efforts to support system involved youth


11:00-11:10am  Welcome, Community Norms, Participant Introductions

11:10-11:30am  Definitions

· Collaboration with interpreters

· Different types of interpretation

· Different settings for interpretation

· Interpretation with technology

· Implicit Bias

11:30-11:45am  Considerations

· Linguistic

· Cultural

· Environment

· Emotional

· Access

· Technology

11:45am-12:30pm  Examples of interpretation meeting:

· How to prepare

· What to do during

· What to do after

· What to do when things break down

12:30-12:45pm  Perspectives from real life interpreters and storytelling

12:45-1:00pm  Questions & key takeaways

Meet Our Trainer

Nima Novak is an Indigenous Speech Language Pathologist from the Mohawk Tribe of the Iroquois Nation. She holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology. She has worked extensively in marginalized communities, specifically in Oxnard with Indigenous preschool population and on the west side of Chicago, where she has seen first hand the negative effects of trauma on speech, language and fluency development. She is currently studying somatic therapies, Polyvagal Theory, Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) and Reiki to promote healing across the communities she serves, with the intention of loving kindness for all. Her focus on evidence-based practices and empirical research serves to bridge the worlds of healing and science which are often relegated to different categories. Nima’s holistic approach of resilience and education teaches how research-based mindfulness practices can be used to manage trauma in the body for both her students and colleagues experiencing the effects of secondary trauma. She is dedicated to empowering her students and all womxn to pursue their passions through the cultivation of resilience and self-worth. In her school based speech therapy and basketball coaching Nima takes a trauma-informed approach to support BIPOC and all students at every level. Nima is an advisor on Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Board and mentor's current students at California State San Marcos in the Students of Speech & Language, Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity Group. For her anti-racism work, she has been featured in Vice Magazine,, The Community Psychologist Special Feature, Authority Magazine and Thrive Global Magazine. She is a contributing founder and author of the anti-racism work group Living in Empathy. Nima has been featured in interviews on Evergreen State College, Educators for Justice IG live, SLPs Of Color IG live, the SLPs of Color podcast, the FAACT podcast and the Breaking Down Podcast. She has presented as a keynote speaker for The Rainbow Project, LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, Chicago Minds, Women Trans Femme Bike Group, Bradley Street Bicycle Co-op, University of St. Augustine Health Sciences, Community Living Thunder Bay, First 5 Lake County, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Northwestern University.

This course meets the qualifications for (2) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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