On site or webinar. This course will orient voice clinicians to the diverse needs of transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) clients through lectures, samples, demos, and discussions. It will equip therapists with the necessary skills to guide these clients in meeting their communication goals. Existing evidence base for working with transgender and GNC individuals will be reviewed.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
1. Describe client needs, identify terminology and understand the evolving nuances of gender spectra
2. Assemble an appropriate team
3. Provide assessment, goal setting and discharge planning for voice and communication training and therapy
4. Provide treatment of various aspects of transgender voice and communication techniques, including pitch, resonance, intonation, speech, language, and non-verbal communication, as well as relevant counseling support
5. Create unique and creative therapeutic techniques that combine clinical and arts-based paradigms
ASHA CEUs ( ~ 1.8 • EXACT AMOUNT TBD)
Intermediate level, professional area. Attendees (on-site or participating online for the duration of the course) will be eligible to have CEU documents submitted to ASHA by the course organizers at the conclusion of the event on 3/17/19. All registrants (i.e. attendees and non-attendee registrants) may review the event recording, which will be accessible through 4/14/19.
Friday, March 15, 2019
7:30 - 8:00, Registration
8:00 - 8:15, Course intro
8:15 - 9:30, Gender spectrum and transgender health
9:30 - 10:00, Voice and identity
10:00 - 10:15, Break
10:15 - 10:45, Basics of voice training - laying the foundation
10:45 - 11:45, Assessment, goals, clinician/client contracts and treatment planning
11:45 - 12:45, Lunch (on your own)
12:45 - 1:45, Pitch training
1:45 - 3:15, Resonance training
3:15 - 3:30, Break
3:30 - 4:30, Intonation training
4:30 - 5:00, Q & A
5:00 - 6:30, Mixer
Saturday, March 16, 2019
8:00 - 9:15, Speech, language and non-speech vocalization training
9:15 - 10:30, Non-verbal communication training
10:30 - 10:45, Break
10:45 - 11:00, Non-verbal communication training, continued
11:00 - 12:15, Counseling and collaborating with mental health providers
12:15 - 1:15, Lunch (on your own)
1:15 - 2:15, Phonosurgery
2:15 - 3:15, Skill acquisition, real-life test, maintenance, carryover and discharge
3:15 - 3:30, Break
3:30 - 4:00, Skill acquisition, real-life test, maintenance, carryover and discharge, continued
4:00 - 5:00, Q & A
Sunday, March 17, 2019
8:00 - 9:00, Working with adolescents and their guardians
9:00 - 9:30, Group training
9:30 - 10:30, Special cases
10:30 - 10:45, Break
10:45 - 11:00, Telepractice and insurance
11:00 - 11:15, Intro to small group sessions - all attendees participate in each topic: Voice and communication techniques, non-speech vocalization techniques, counseling, meta-therapy, challenging cases, navigating gender
11:15 - 11:40, Small group session 1
11:45 - 12:10, Small group session 2
12:15 - 1:15, Lunch (on your own)
1:15 - 1:40, Small group session 3
1:45 - 2:10, Small group session 4
2:15 - 2:40, Small group session 5
2:45 - 3:10, Small group session 6
3:15 - 3:30, Wrap-up of small sessions and course
Registration fees include mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. Lunch is on your own. Many restaurants are within walking distance of the venue.
There are many excellent options nearby.
Course materials and resources will be provided digitally one week in advance of the course.
Confirmation will be sent approximately 14 days prior to the course start date, including final course details. Handouts will be sent in advance of the course and printed receipts will be provided on site.
Course fee will be refunded, less a $50 processing fee, if cancellation is received in writing 30 days or more before course start date. No refunds within 30 days or after course start date. Late cancellations may be applied to an alternate attendee. The organizers are not responsible for any adverse events related to the course such as weather or transportation delays. We reserve the right to cancel the course 21 days prior to the course date with full refund of course fee if registration is insufficient to support the course.
Four student volunteers are needed to help with the event for an ~50% discounted rate of $250.00. Please contact the organizers at email@example.com if you are interested, along with a description of your experience and interest in this area of voice.
Ten seats will be open at an ~15% discounted rate of $400.00 for graduate students. If you are interested in one of these seats, please contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of your experience and interest in this area of voice along with a scanned copy of your student ID.
ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY AFFILIATES
Ten Roosevelt University affiliates are invited to attend the training for free. If you are a current faculty member, staff member or student of Roosevelt, please email a scanned copy of your Roosevelt ID and a description of your experience and interest in this area of voice to the organizers at email@example.com.
A negotiable discounted rate will be available to groups of 10 or more registrants from the same workplace, depending on the size of the group. Please email the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an inquiry.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Sandy Hirsch, MS, CCC-SLP has gained an international reputation as an expert in transgender voice and communication training. She has co-edited and authored three editions of a Plural Plublishing texbook on voice and communicaiton training for transgender and GNC clients (Adler, Hirsch & Mordaunt, 2006, 2012; Adler, Hirsch & Pickering, 2019). Her work has been featured in print, television and radio as well as journals. Ms. Hirsch is a regular presenter at Espirit and Gender Odyssey, and has presented at ASHA, CPATH, the Voice Foundation Symposium, VASTA, Fall Voice, and the Art and Science of Performing Voice, Seattle. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Washington, WWU, and SUNY, New Paltz. Ms. Hirsch is in private practice.
Leah B. Helou, PhD, CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor of Communication Science & Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Helou aims to ask questions and solve problems related to the neural and pscyholglical pathways that underpin healthy and disordered voice and speech production. She maintains several distinct yet intertwined lines of research that converge on the broad theme of "mind-voice pathways." Much of this research is relevant to, and some of it has focused on, the voice and communication of transgender and GNC individuals. Dr. Helou also has a strong clinical and instructional background in voice-specialized care. She established the Transgender Voice and Communication Program at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center in 2011 and is a recent recipient of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs.
Christie Block, MA, MS, CCC-SLP is a clinical voice pathologist and owner of New York Speech & Voice Lab in New York City. She is a seasoned specialist of voice disorders and transgender voice and communication training. Ms. Block is a contributing writer and internationally-active speaker on transgender and GNC voice for voice clinicians, trans health providers, and the transgender community. Some include: Adler, Hirsch & Pickering, 2019, Trans Bodies Trans Selves, Exercises for Voice Therapy, SIG3 Perspectives, the Voice Foundation Newsletter, Speech-Language Pathology Casebook, ASHA, Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, NYU, Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel, Voice Foundation Symposium, and the Working Group on Gender. She recently co-taught the 2018 WPATH Global Education Initiative (GEI) Voice and Communication Course in Buenos Aires.
Financial: Ms. Hirsch is the owner of Give Voice in Seattle, WA. She is a co-editor and author of three editions of a Plural Plublishing texbook on voice and communicaiton training for transgender and GNC clients (Adler, Hirsch & Mordaunt, 2006, 2012; Adler, Hirsch & Pickering, 2019), for which she receives royalties. She receives a portion of registration fees for continuing education courses that she teaches.
Non-financial: Ms. Hirsch has no non-financial disclosures.
Financial: Dr. Helou an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center for which she is paid a salary. She receives a portion of registration fees for continuing education courses that she teaches.
Non-financial: Dr. Helou has no non-financial disclosures.
Financial: Ms. Block is the owner of New York Speech & Voice Lab. She receives a portion of registration fees for continuing education courses that she teaches.
Non-financial: Ms. Block has no non-financial disclosures.
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