CA: Foundations II

 Foundations of Interpreting II


 at California State University

Long Beach, CA

Early-bird rate extended to January 31st!

CEUs are provided by NorCRID

Foundations of Interpreting II Seminar

About Betty M. Colonomos

Betty M. Colonomos, currently serving as Director of the Bilingual Mediation Center, is a fluent ASL/ English bilingual. Her academic background is in Deaf Education/Speech Pathology (B.S.), Counseling (M.A.) Linguistics (Doctoral program). Betty holds the Masters Comprehensive Skills Certificate (MCSC) from RID. She was the second recipient of the Mary Stotler Award for excellence in Interpreter Education from CIT. Betty has chaired and served on many national committees on standards and evaluation of interpreters and served as President of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT). Ms. Colonomos has authored and appeared in video materials on interpreting and she co-authored (with MJ Bienvenu) videos on Deaf Culture, ASL Facial Grammar, and ASL Numbers. She worked as an International Sign interpreter for numerous conferences worldwide.

Betty also consults with schools and the legal system as an expert on linguistic and cultural issues impacting the Deaf Community. Betty is the developer of the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI), which is the most widely used model in the U.S. for teaching cognitive processes in interpreting. She teaches the Foundations of Interpreting Series for hearing, coda (Deaf-parented), and Deaf interpreters that combines the IMI with a Vygotskyan approach to learning. Betty is the creator of the Etna Project (2002–present) held in New Hampshire and Maryland. The project is a series of retreats supporting a Community of Reflective Practitioners who are interpreters committed to their own growth as they seek to become change agents in the field of interpreting.

 Additional references to Betty's contributions to the field can be found here, on the BMC website. Click on the timeline image to see the history of Betty Colonomos' work in the interpreting field spanning roughly four decades! (Or use the Main Menu and click on BMC History.)

This Seminar is Cancelled!

This seminar has been cancelled last-minute due to flight cancellations of the Boeing 737 Max.

Paid registrants will be refunded in full.

CA: Foundations II Seminar

CA: Foundations II Seminar

Friday, March 15, 2019 6:00p–9:00p

Saturday, March 16, 2019 9:00a–5:30p

Sunday, March 17, 2019 9:00a–12:00p

Foundations II prerequisite: You should have taken Foundations I within the last several years, or have permission from the presenter.

Presenters, coordinators, and participants of this educational opportunity agree to promote an environment of mutual respect, free from bias and discrimination. 

Please note, this statement does not preclude "difficult conversations" and aims to create environments where learning and honest dialogue can happen.


Participants will be awarded 1.3 CEUs in the Professional Studies category at all levels from little knowledge through teaching Content Knowledge levels.


Early-bird registration is $225 and has been extended until MARCH 15, 2019. The registration process will automatically discount you to the $225 early-bird rate if your registration is submitted before the early-bird deadline.

Refunds: 100% for refunds requested in writing by January 28, 2019.

ADA accommodation requests must be sent to the coordinator by January 28th.

This workshop is limited to 30 participants. For more information, contact the coordinator using the contact form above.

The cost for processing CEUs through NorCRID (pending) is $10 (cash only) and payable at the door. All CEUs are approved through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Certification Maintenance Program and Associate Continuing Education Tracking Program.

Lunch will be 1.5 hour on your own on Saturday. There will be ample breaks throughout the session.

Seminar Details

Start Date 03-15-2019
End Date 03-17-2019
Capacity 30
Registrations Completed 1
Remaining Seats 29
Registration Deadline 03-14-2019
Price Early-Bird Registration $225 extended to opening day of seminar, March 15!
Location California State University, Long Beach
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In our effort to be fully inclusive, we recognize that some interpreters may benefit from a payment plan when they register for Foundations of Interpreting seminars. If you would like to register for a seminar but wish to make alternate payment arrangements, contact the coordinator to request that a plan be established specifically for you before you register. Depending how close your registration is to the seminar date, your registration's cost may be divided into 2 or 3 equal payments automatically deducted from your PayPal account using PayPals subscription service. The intervals between payments will also depend on the amount of time between your registration and the seminar date. Payment in full should be completed 1-2 weeks prior to the seminar.

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Regarding Levels of Participant's Prior Knowledge

RID requires presenters to identify a single level of participants' prior knowledge necessary when attending a workshop, presentation, or seminar from these categories: Little/None, Some, Extensive, Teaching. The reality is that individual participants from all of these levels of prior knowledge have the opportunity to learn together in the Foundations series. Historically, participants have attended the Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series at all of these Prior Knowledge levels. The series is designed to engage each individual from their own place of learning framed within the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI).

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The Deaf Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series is offered for Deaf Interpreters. This specialized series is for Deaf Interpreters only.

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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. More information on the series as well as a schedule of current seminars being offered: click here.

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