Moroccan versus Other Arabic Dialects:
The case of PTSD amongst Iraqi refugees in the US

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Health Care Interpreter Network / HCIN Learn is pleased to offer this webinar discussing the comparative challenges regarding the Moroccan Arabic dialect versus other Arabic dialects. 

  • Date: January 25, 2018
  • Time: Noon Eastern Time / 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Presenter:  Elhassania Elfarisse, Arabic Interpreter, University of New Mexico Hospitals
  • Webinar Fee: Free to attend; $20 enrollment/documentation fee for CEU Credit (via HCIN Learn)


The webinar will include:

  1. an overview of the reasons behind the differences among dialects
  2. an introduction to certain vocabularies within the Moroccan Arabic dialect derived from classical Arabic, Amazigh, supplemented by French and Spanish loanwords,
  3. audience participation in different scenarios to highlight variation across dialects (including Iraqi and Moroccan dialects) which will serve as a stepping stone to
  4. the topic of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) amongst Iraqi refugees in the Albuquerque (NM) area, including distinct dialect and taboo subject matter challenges that present for both patients and interpreters.

The webinar is designed to be an interactive learning opportunity. Real-life case studies and survey tools are included to capture active participation. A glossary and links to resources will be provided at the end of the PowerPoint presentation.

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Elhassania Elfarisse is originally from Fez, Morocco. She holds a bachelor degree in English Literature (1991) from the University of Fez. Ms. Elfarisse grew up speaking Arabic and French, and then had the opportunity to immigrate to United States with her family in 2001. In 2007, she started working as patient care technician in different departments at the University of New Mexico Hospital. During this time, she became qualified and worked as a dual role medical interpreter while working full time as patient care tech and clerk at the pre-registration center.

Ms. Elfarisse was a member of the project “Beautiful Iraqi Women Refugees” led by the Director of the Interpreting Services Department, Sandra Mora. In 2013, she joined Interpreter Language Services as a full time interpreter and translator. Ms. Elfarisse loves to spend her spare time travelling with her family.

Continuing Education Credit:

If you need Continuing Education credit for your participation in this event, you must complete a separate enrollment process at HCIN Learn, with an enrollment/documentation fee of $20. Instructions will be provided during the webinar. Participants who complete the entire 90-minute webinar and download the HCIN Learn certificate are eligible for CE credit. 

CE Approvals:

  • ATA: 1 point
  • CCHI: 1 instructional hour
  • by Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, for 1 hour;
  • IMIA: 0.1 CEUs
  • WA DSHS: 1 hour

Technical Requirements:

This webinar takes place via the application GoToWebinar®. HCIN thanks the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) for supporting this event and making the webinar platform available. To make sure your device and internet connection are webinar-ready, check your system now. If you want more technical details, you can read about the system requirements here.

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Last modified: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 10:00 AM