Course

Gender Affirming Voices & Communication

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

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Course Description

This course will cover voicing subsystems targeted in gender affirming voice & communication therapy, identify social barriers to voice & communication therapy, and provide an overview of therapy techniques unique to gender affirming & voice communication therapy.
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Meet Your Presenter

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.

Accreditation

  • This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs, (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).

Course Details

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants 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.

Time-ordered 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

Instructional Level

Introductory
Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Target Audience

SLPs who provide or will provide voice therapy as it relates to the client’s gender identity.

Live Course Information

This course will be presented on the Zoom platform. High-speed internet connection is required.

Recorded Course Information

The course will be available for CEUs until December 28, 2026.

Instructor Financial Disclosures

  • 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.

Instructor Non-financial Disclosures

  • Presenter is a member of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality and has friends that are transgender.

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.

Instructional Methodology

Lecture

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