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More than Lip Service: Bringing Awareness to Racial Barriers in Speech Pathology

2.0 Hours
22
Audio

Course Description

Racism, discrimination, and bias have recently become topics at the forefront of conversations across the country. Inevitably, these conversations have also reached the field of Speech-Language Pathology. From ASHA’s position statement on racism, multiple petitions and calls-to-action for anti-racist clinical practice and academia, ASHA and NSSLHA’s virtual listening sessions on race in CSD, and NBASLH Talks 4-part series, there is a much-needed and timely movement gaining momentum at the national, state, and local levels to improve diversity, inclusion, and anti-racist efforts. This two-part episode will discuss some of the racial barriers and implicit/explicit biases that have played a role in the homogenous racial and ethnic makeup of our field. Additionally, this episode will brainstorm ways to overcome these barriers in the future, and identify simple steps that every person can take to move towards anti-racist and culturally competent clinical practice.


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Objective

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

1
Describe the relevance and importance of addressing racial disparities in the field of speech pathology.
2
Describe the intersection of race in academia, workplace, and clinical setting, and how this has the possibility to limit diversity among SLPs.
3
Identify three changes that can be made on on a personal, local, state, and/or national level to address and decrease racial disparities in the field of speech pathology.
About Presenters

Leigh Ann Porter

MA, CCC-SLP

Leigh Ann Porter earned her master’s in Communication Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2013, and has enjoyed being an SLP ever since. While at UCF, Leigh Ann was part of a grant to prepare SLPs to work with English Language Learners, earning a graduate certificate of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Leigh Ann now resides in Kansas City where she divides her time working across outpatient, acute, and inpatient rehab settings. She has presented courses registered for ASHA CEUs to regional SLPs on topics such as how the respiratory system and cough influence dysphagia, a review of the literature on dysphagia exercises, and generating measurable dysphagia goals. For multidisciplinary continuing education with PTs and OTs, Leigh Ann has presented on topics such as Cognitive Retraining with an emphasis on memory strategies, and the SLP’s scope of practice & making appropriate patient referrals to the SLP.

Marilouise Nichols

MS, CCC-SLP

Marilouise E. Nichols is a medical Speech-Language Pathologist, who has focused her career on dysphagia and neurogenic communication disorders in adult inpatient rehabilitation and acute care. She currently works full-time in adult acute care—evaluating and treating neurogenic communication disorders and dysphagia in patients with a variety of acute and complex medical diagnoses. As an Early Career Professional, Marilouise is passionate about mentoring students and pre-professionals in the field of Speech-Language Pathology, as not too long ago, she once faced similar challenges and had many of your same questions. She is an active member of National Black Association of Speech Language and Hearing (NBASLH), serves as a discussion leader for my local community stroke support group, supervises and mentors graduate clinicians, and is the founder and writer of a professional blog, www.MEtheSLP.com, aimed to empower and engage young minorities in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.

Stephanie O'Silas

MS, CCC-SLP

Stephanie O'Silas is a medical speech language pathologist and business development expert. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences from Case Western Reserve University. She received her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is the founding director of Champion Rehabilitation and Support Services PLLC in Dallas, TX. Her company specializes in direct-bill outpatient services and high-volume, managed interdisciplinary therapy services. Stephanie is currently a member of the Business Management Committee of TSHA. She has presented on numerous topics including ethical dilemmas in business, quality reporting throughout the post-acute continuum, and leadership pathways. She formerly served ASHA’s Committee on Leadership Cultivation and Next Generation Committee. Stephanie is also an MSLP alumna of ASHA. Her clinical interests include leadership/administration and treatment for dysphagia, cognitive-communication, voice, and language disorders in adults and children.

Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.20 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Related Area)

Course Timeline
Timeline
5 min: Welcome and background of presenters for the first hour
5 min: Introduction of topic: Issues of racism, bias, and discrimination in the SLP field
10 min: Why is it important/relevant to address race & racism in our field?
20 min: Telling your story: encounters with racism in the classroom/workplace
10 min: Taking steps to change workplace culture
10 min: Questions and Answers
10 min: Welcome and background of presenters for the second hour
5 min: Introduction of topic: Creating the change we need to see to dismiss racial disparities in our field
10 min: Personal Level: Awareness/introspection: You can’t fix a problem you don’t acknowledge
40 min: Review and summary changes to make at the personal and workplace level to address racial disparities/injustices in the medical SLP field
10 min: System Level: Changing workplace/education culture : Creating a safe space for clinicians and students
10 min: Steps to make “good trouble”
Course Disclosure
The content of this course is based on the research and experience of the presenter. You are responsible to do your own research to determine if the information and skills taught are appropriate for your clients/students/patients.
Disclosure Statement for Leigh Ann Porter
Financial Leigh Ann Porter is a presenter for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives compensation. Leigh Ann is the owner of the website Speech Uncensored.
Nonfinancial No relevant non-financial relationships exist.
Disclosure Statement for Marilouise Nichols
Financial Marilouise E. Nichols received compensation for this presentation from SpeechTherapyPD.com.
Nonfinancial No relevant non-financial relationships exist.
Disclosure Statement for Stephanie O'Silas
Financial Stephanie O'Silas is a presenter for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties.
Nonfinancial No relevant non-financial relationships exist.

Leigh Ann Porter

MA, CCC-SLP

Marilouise Nichols

MS, CCC-SLP

Stephanie O'Silas

MS, CCC-SLP

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