The CATIE Center is committed to promoting excellence in interpreting education. Our work involves Deaf and hearing faculty, staff, students, stakeholders and innovative partners both locally and nationally. Established in 2005 as the Collaborative for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence, we now go by the name CATIE.
St. Catherine University has been awarded grant funds from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration to advance interpreter education since 1999. In 2016, two grants were awarded for 2017–2021:
- Graduation to Certification: Under award H160C160001, the CATIE Center will investigate, pilot, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-based practices to decrease the time between graduation and certification.
- Mental and Behavioral Health Interpreting: Under award H160D160003, the CATIE Center will focus on increasing the number and diversity of certified interpreters available to work in mental and behavioral health settings.
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Although the contents of this website were developed under a grant from the Department of Education, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal government.
For interpreter resources developed in previous grant cycles, please visit the NCIEC Interpreter Education website.
Graduation to Certification
We aim to transform interpreter education with a growth mindset. Our objective is to investigate, pilot, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-based practices to decrease the time between graduation and certification.
In addition to providing online resources for novice interpreters, mentors and educators, we offer a non-credit experiential learning program for recent graduates who are candidates for RID certification.
Components include pre- and post-assessments, intensive learning with mentors, authentic practice opportunities, connections with diverse communities, and a supervised interpreting experience.
We invite participants, mentors, and supervisors to join us in our mission.
St. Catherine University offered the first interpreter training program with an emphasis on preparing interpreters to work in medical settings. We are proud to be a leader in healthcare interpreting.
Our legacy includes the Body Language modules, designed to help interpreters build their skills at effectively describing anatomy in American Sign Language, the Healthcare Interpreting Career Lattice, and other resources for interpreting in medical settings.
In 2016, we received funding to increase the number and diversity of certified interpreters available to work in mental and behavioral health settings. New modules and webinars introducing interpreters to interpreting in mental health settings, psychopharmacology, chemical dependency and addiction and recovery settings, and settings impacted by domestic and sexual violence are under development and will be offered in 2018.
St. Catherine University's CATIE Center is an RID-approved sponsor of continuing education activities.
Sponsorship is limited to professional studies activities in the following topic areas: Mental Health, Drugs/Alcohol, and Other: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. RID offers a full description of what qualifies as professional studies. If your activity qualifies, contact us to request an application form.
To find another sponsor, search RID's sponsor database.