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Course Webinar: Gender Affirming Voices & Communication

Course description: What a privilege it is that we, as speech-language pathologists, are in such a unique position to help people communicate. For many, our voice is part of our identity. What happens, though, when our voice does not match our identity? SLPs play a unique and integral role in helping individuals find and practice their voice in a safe manner. Everyone deserves a voice that reflects who they are.

Presented by Krysten Sears, M.S., CCC-SLP

Date: Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Time: 4 pm pacific | 5 pm mountain | 6 pm central | 7 pm eastern

Krysten Sears is a voice- and swallow-specializing speech-language pathologist of over five years. She completed her undergraduate studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Vocal Performance at Adelphi University, and her graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology with a concentration in Voice Disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Krysten then went on to complete her clinical fellowship in the Veterans Administration system, and subsequently worked in a university hospital setting with the head & neck/ENT team (outpatient and inpatient). She is very excited to be transitioning to private practice voice and swallow in this next stage of her career.

Duration: 1 hour.

Pre-requisites: None.

Target audience: This course is for SLPs who provide or will provide voice therapy as it relates to the client’s gender identity.


Agenda:

0:00 - Intro/Disclosures
0:03 - Multidisciplinary Approach
0:06 - Role of SLP
0:10 - Medical Considerations
0:13 - Intake/Assessment
0:20 - Vocal Health/Phonotrauma
0:25 - Transfeminine Voice Training
0:30 - Pitch, Intonation
0:35 - Resonance, Articulation, Volume
0:40 - Nonverbal Communication
0:45 - Voice & Communication for Transmasculine & Gender Non-Conforming Individuals
0:50 - Considerations for Discharge/Maintenance
0:55 - Q/A Session
1:00 - End Course + Quiz

Instructional level: Intermediate (Information is geared to practitioners with a general working knowledge of current practice trends and literature related to the subject matter. Focus is on increasing understanding and competent application of the subject matter.)

Key learning outcomes:

As a result of this activity, the participant will be able to...

  1. Identify voicing subsystems targeted in gender affirming voice & communication therapy.
  2. Identify social barriers to voice & communication therapy.
  3. Identify at least one therapy technique unique to gender affirming & voice communication therapy.
        Webinar information:
        • This course will be presented on the Zoom platform. 
        • High-speed internet connection is required.

        Recorded course information:

        • The recorded course will be made available by January 4, 2022.
        • The course will be available for CEUs until December 28, 2026.
        • You may register before the course is available and will receive an email with the link to the course once it becomes available.

        Instructor disclosures:

        • Financial
          • Presenter is being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.
          • Presenter is paid a salary by the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital Authority.
        • Non-financial:
          • Presenter is a member of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality and has friends that are transgender.

          Instructional methodology: Lecture

          Course completion requirements:

          • Full attendance during webinar, as tracked by on-time login and online presence for the duration of the course.
          • Passing score of 100% on a 3-5 question quiz. You will receive immediate feedback and be able to correct answers. We want to ensure that you have the correct information as presented in this course.
          • Quiz needs to be completed within 2 hours of end of course.
          • Completion of program evaluation form.

          Access to this course is reserved for Access Pass members.


          Certificates of completion: Once the exam is completed and you have provided feedback about the course, you will receive an emailed certificate of completion with course title, course instructor name/title, learning objectives, your name, your license number (if desired), and a confirmation from the CE Task Force director confirming completion of course. If your state licensing board requires specific records of course participation (all licensing boards are different), please email us and we will provide the documentation.

          Special accommodations: Please email us with any special needs (e.g., people with hearing loss, people with learning disabilities, etc) prior to the event.

          Complaint policy: In the event that an individual is not satisfied with the organization’s continuing education program, we request a formal letter of complaint from the individual that outlines their concerns in writing. For more information, please read our full complaint policy.

          Cancellation policy:

          For Access Pass subscribers: In the event that a course is canceled or rescheduled, no cash refund will be provided to subscribers of the Access Pass. Therapy Insights will work to reschedule the event, or create a new event within the same month. Therapy Insights guarantees access to one live course per month to all subscribers. In the highly unlikely event that this commitment is not met, subscribers will receive a 50% refund for that month’s subscription cost. Subscribers who are on an annual payment plan will receive a pro-rated refund for 50% of the cost of that month.

          All refunds will be provided within 30 days of time of cancellation.

          Refund policy in the event that a participant cancels their registration.
          In the event that a participant/subscriber registers for the live course and then cancels participation, no refund will be provided. The participant will have the opportunity to access the recorded presentation at no additional cost as part of their subscription or registration fee.

          View our full cancellation policy.