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WKU hosts workshop for speech-language pathologists

WKU’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Department hosted the Barren River Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) Region 14/16 Fall Workshop on Oct. 1 at The Medical Center-WKU Health Sciences Complex.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Department Head and Professor Dr. Jean Neils-Strunjas, PhD, CCC-SLP, said the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders was recently approved to offer continuing education through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

More than 95 speech-language pathologists professionals attended the workshop, which was designed to help practicing SLPs continue their skill development and service. WKU instructors and community supervisors led sessions on dealing with managing caseloads and ethics & supervision.

Franklin Elementary Speech-Language Pathologist Denisha Kirby, M.S. CCC-SLP, and Clinical Assistant Professor Leigh Anne Roden-Carrier, Ed.D. CCC-SLP, led the session “Workload vs. Caseload: How to Manage Both,” offering research and information to successfully advocate for and implement a workload model in a school-based setting.

Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education Sarah Ward, M.S. CCC-SLP, led “Supervision 101: Ethics and Supervision of Student Clinicians,” which provided information about ethical decision-making as it relates to clinical hours, competency requirements and roles of the supervising SLP.

Neils-Strunjas said that this is the first of other workshops the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at WKU plans to offer.

“The workshop was a success, and we look forward to offering more programs like this to help practicing speech-language pathologists continue their skill development and service,” she said.

“We received positive feedback and great suggestions for future offerings.”

Shaina Eubank travels between five schools as an SLP for Russell County Schools. She stated that the sessions provided her with practical information she can use in her job.

“I look forward to using the knowledge I gained today to develop a plan to present to my administrators,” she said. “I hope to encourage the administrators, teachers and parents that implementing the workload approach in my school district would be beneficial for everyone involved.”

The department plans to offer additional programs like this in the future.

“This is the first of other workshops the department will offer,” said Neils-Strunjas. “Through these learning opportunities, we will continue to support area speech-language pathologists and provide the highest quality of service to our community.”

For information about the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at WKU, visit www.wku.edu/communicationdisorders.

Contact: Susan Esters, (270) 745-8922


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