2020 Conference at Sea

Join SpeechTherapyPD.com in Alaska on an unforgettable cruise from July 10-July 17, 2020 while earning 12 hours of continuing education from expert presenters. 


We put your CEUs on a boat!

Cruise through your professional development next summer while you nurture your mind, body & soul

 exploring the Last Frontier: Alaska. 

The Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas sails from Vancouver, BC on July 10, 2020 for the 7-day trip stopping in 6 awe-inspiring Canadian and Alaskan locations before returning to port in Seward, Alaska on July 17. 

We will be providing 1.2 of ASHA-CEUs to all SLP attendees.

The Stops

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Joining us on the 2020 Conference at Sea will be Michelle L.W. Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, Marisha McGrorty, MS, CCC-SLP and Leigh Ann Porter, MS, CCC-SLP, offering a total of 12 hours of workshops (1.2 ASHA CEUs). 

Participants will have an option for which workshop they would like to attend.

The Presenters

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Marisha McGrorty,


Marisha McGrorty, M.S., CCC-SLP, graduated from the University of Washington. She has served students ages 2 through 18, both in the schools and in private practice. She experienced the ups and downs of working in a school setting--including managing a caseload in the triple digits. Although advocating for change is a top priority, SLPs struggle to serve their students in the meantime. Marisha developed strategies to overcome challenges while advocating for change and managing a mega caseload. She shares these evidence-based strategies, therapy materials, and tools to help other speech-language pathologists streamline their workload through her blog, podcast, and membership site--SLP Now. Her resources and tools have empowered thousands of SLPs to conquer the overwhelm and boost their confidence.

Michelle has had the pleasure of residing in Columbia, SC since 2012. She completed her BS in Speech Language Pathology from Old Dominion University in 2005, and her MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University in 2009. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from both universities. She started her career in 2006 as an SLPA in a rural public school with an average caseload of 56 students. Upon completion of her MS, she went to work for Riverside Walter Reed Hospital where she was the first full-time SLP in the hospital’s history.  At this location, she advocated for implementation of an oral care protocol, establishment of ST involvement/treatment of oncology patients with the “Tumor Board”, as well as advocacy for establishment of MBSS capabilities at the facility.

Michelle is an accomplished lecturer and has written and given numerous CEU lectures on such topics as Infantile Spasm and Oropharyngeal Dysphagia, Best Practices for Early Intervention, Chasing the Pediatric Swallow, Down Syndrome and Pediatric Dysphagia, along with Apps and ST, and co-authored a course on Best Practices in EI. Michelle has delivered lectures at several SCSHA Conventions and twice with the SCATP Expo. She currently travels with PESI, Inc. as a national lecturer on “Pediatric Dysphagia” and has several webinars with SpeechTherapyPD.com all of which are available for CEUs.​

Michelle will be presenting on Pediatric Dysphagia and Early Intervention Topics.

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Michelle Dawson,


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Leigh Ann 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).


She has completed projects with Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Club, Valley Forge National Historic Park, the American Red Cross and others. In 2007, Leigh Ann was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study Public Health in New Zealand. It was there that Leigh Ann earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health from the University of Otago (Wellington Medical campus).


Leigh Ann now resides in Kansas City where she divides her time working across outpatient, acute, and inpatient rehab settings. She has presented 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. 


Leigh Ann will be presenting a series of courses focused on acute and subacute medical topics.

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Cruise booking costs vary daily but generally range between $750-$1,700 depending on the room please contact Cheryl at cheryl@utravel.sabre.net for up to date prices and booking information. 

SIGN UP in 3 easy steps!

  1. Fill out the form below. You will be contacted by Cheryl Harrison, our travel agent.

  2. Let her know you’re with the Video Continuing Education group.

  3. Pay the $500 non-refundable deposit to Cheryl. Then you’re in!!


Important Information:

  • DO NOT book through another site or agent, or the total cost of your trip will increase.

  • You may bring family or friends! All prices are based on double-occupancy.

  • If you are traveling alone and request a roommate, you will be solely responsible for the stateroom unless a roommate is found.

  • The cost of the cruise does not include the cost of the CEUs. CEUs must be purchased separately and include a year-long Premium Subscription.


14-Day Refund Policy: If you find that you want to cancel your CEU portion of the cruise, you may request a full refund or course exchange within 14 days from the date you purchase the CEU portion. The CEU dollars go directly toward putting on this event. 



For cruise and travel questions, contact Cheryl Harrison: Cheryl@utravel.sabre.net

For CEU and subscription questions, contact Darla Torkelsen: darla@videocontinuingeducation.com

The conference cost is separate from the cruise cost (Includes a year-long Premium Subscription.) Please pay for the CEUs by pressing here: $550

When you book your cabin there is a non-refundable deposit of $500.00 for a double occupancy cabin.

Final payment is due April 10, 2020.

Penalties for cancelling become greater after this date.

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Contact Cheryl at cheryl@utravel.sabre.net to pay $500 deposit.

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