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Student Track

Saturday, June 8, 2024



Presentation Titles, Abstracts, and Learner Objectives

Keynote Presentation Title

Creating Communicatively Accessible "Talk Therapy" and Motivational Interviews

Date and Time

Saturday, June 8th, 2024 from 8:30-10:00am

Speaker(s)

Dr. Jerry Hoepner


Special Topic

KEYNOTE SESSION


Abstract

Across the lifespan and workplace settings, counseling is a core element of speech-language pathology (SLP) and audiology (AuD) interventions. Understanding our roles in counseling begins with a clear understanding of our scope of practice. The Stepped Care Model provides a framework for defining our scope, boundaries, and referrals. ASHA identifies two main types of counseling for SLPs and AuDs, informational and personal adjustment counseling. Establishing therapeutic alliance and fostering self- determination is crucial for both types. Each type also requires knowledge and tools to support counseling assessment. Dr. Hoepner will address scope of practice, referrals, interprofessional collaborations, and foundational counseling skills; providing suggestions for tools and techniques to modify access to “talk-therapy” approaches. He will also introduce the motivational interviewing approach, including core principles, addressing core micro skills, steps, and specific techniques.


Learner Objectives

  1. Participants will identify the levels and functions of the Stepped Care model for guiding scope of practice in CSD.
  2. Participants will identify at least two tools that can be used to provide modified access to “talk therapy” approaches in CSD.
  3. Participants will identify at least three applications of the motivational interviewing approach to their everyday practice.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Jerry Hoepner (ASHA Fellow) is a Professor at the University of Wiscosin – Eau Claire. He teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy & neurophysiology, acquired cognitive disorders, dysphagia, and counseling. Jerry co-facilitates three community-based brain injury groups and the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Camp. His research addresses video self-modeling interventions, aphasia camp outcomes for campers and students, motivational interviewing, counseling methods and training, undergraduate research outcomes, course-embedded clinical experiences, and instructional pedagogies.

Financial Disclosures

  • The speaker received a honorarium for this presentation as keynote speaker and was offered promotional space for advertising his published textbook.

Non-Financial Disclosures

  • The speaker is an associate coordinator and board member of ASHA’s SIG 20.

    Title 

    Why Advocacy is Essential in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Professions

    Date and Time

    Saturday, June 8th, 2024 from 10:10-11:10 am

    Speaker(s)

    Stephen Wright and Elly Wright

    Special Topic

    LSHA Lobbyist Update


    Abstract

    Action - How You Make A Difference - Members have the strongest voice when it comes to advocating for your profession.  Join us for a dynamic talk at the SLP convention, where we'll delve into the transformative power of advocacy. Our session emphasizes the crucial role each SLP member plays in shaping policies and elevating our profession. Through practical strategies and real-world examples, we'll empower attendees to advocate effectively for themselves and their colleagues. Let's unite our voices and drive positive change together!

    Learner Objectives

    1. Participant will be able to identify priority policy issues important to LSHA for 2024-2025 plan development and focus on all methods of participation to implement. 

      Speaker Bio

      Stephen and Elly Wright have a personal passion advocating for LSHA, as the parents of a non-verbal autistic daughter, they are excited to educate public policy officials about the value of communication and how essential your role is to the success of every community. Before founding the firm, Stephen held the role of Director of State Affairs and Federal Health Policy for Tulane University. His previous experience includes the Louisiana Department of Health, Louisiana Legislature, and private lobbying firms. His education includes a B.A. in Political Science from LSU and a law degree from Loyola University. He is a registered attorney with the Louisiana State Bar. 

      Financial Disclosures

      Stephen and Elly Wright are registered lobbyists and co-owners of Seersucker Strategies. Their firm is paid consulting fees to represent LSHA. 

      Non-Financial Disclosures

      The speakers do not have any relevant non-financial disclosures to report.

      Title 

      Know Yourself, Know Your Worth-Employment Tips for New Grads


      Date and Time

      Saturday, June 8th, 2024 from 11:20-11:50 am

      Speaker(s)

      Lezlee Shauf, M.S., CCC-SLP


      Abstract

      This session emphasizes the importance of self-awareness and self-worth in securing employment opportunities. Attendees will learn how to conduct effective self-assessments to identify their passions, strengths, and values, aligning career choices with personal aspirations. Practical advice on personal branding, resume writing, and networking will empower graduates to showcase their unique skills and make impactful first impressions. Furthermore, the presentation explores emerging trends such as remote work and the gig economy, encouraging flexibility and adaptability in pursuing diverse career paths.

      Learner Objectives

      1. Participants will be able to identify average hourly wages for speech-language pathologists in multiple settings based on geographic regions.

      2. Participants will be able to describe negotiation strategies when seeking employment or raises.

      3. Patients will be able to formulate questions to discuss with prospective employers during the interview process.


      Speaker Bio

      Lezlee Shauf, M.S., CCC-SLP holds a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). She currently is employed by Legacy Mobile Dysphagia Diagnostics, as the lead SLP/Endoscopist for a mobile FEES provider to the northern Louisiana region. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe where she teaches coursework in oropharyngeal involvement. Lezlee’s clinical interests include speech, language, dysphagia, and FEES/MBSS. She has been an active member of the LSHA Board for several years, currently serving as LSHA’s President. Lezlee is passionate about improving the lives of patients with dysphagia, advocating for Louisiana SLPs through legislative affairs, and empowering new SLP professionals.


      Financial Disclosures

      The speaker is a LSHA Board Member serving currently as President. She also receives free registration to the convention as a board member.


      Non-Financial Disclosures

      The speaker is a member of LSHA and serves on the current board.

      Title 

      Advocacy 101


      Date and Time

      Saturday, June 8th, 2024 from 11:50am-12:20pm


      Speaker(s)

      Hillary Cooper, M.A., CCC-SLP


      Abstract

      Advocacy within the realms of associations, nonprofits, and lobbying is essential for effecting change, influencing policy, and amplifying voices. This session serves as a comprehensive primer for individuals and organizations seeking to navigate the complexities of advocacy in these sectors. The presentation explores the fundamental principles of effective advocacy, including defining advocacy goals, understanding target audiences, and crafting persuasive messages. Through real-world examples, attendees will gain insights into successful advocacy strategies employed by associations, nonprofits, and lobbyists. Additionally, the presentation delves into the ethical considerations and legal constraints inherent in advocacy efforts, providing practical guidance for maintaining integrity and compliance. By the conclusion of this session, participants will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to embark on impactful advocacy campaigns within the communication sciences fields.

      Learner Objectives

      1. The participant will name three fundamental principles of effective advocacy, including goal setting, audience analysis, and message development, within the contexts of associations, nonprofits, and lobbying.

      2. The participant will describe two successful advocacy strategies utilized by associations, nonprofits, and lobbyists through case studies and real-world examples, enabling attendees to apply these strategies to their own advocacy efforts.

      3. The participant will define two ethical considerations and legal constraints inherent in advocacy work, and develop practical skills for maintaining integrity and compliance while advocating for policy change and social impact within their respective fields.

      Speaker Bio

      Hillary started her career in speech-language pathology at an outpatient private practice in Leesville, Louisiana, which served active-duty soldiers, their dependents, and military retirees.  The wide range of experience she gained in that position served her well when she moved to Ruston to marry her soulmate.  She has since worked in long-term care facilities, acute care, and home health.  In 2016, Hillary decided that she wanted to change the status quo of dysphagia treatment in North Louisiana, so she started her outpatient private practice and then created North Louisiana Swallow Solutions in 2017 to be the premier mobile FEES provider in the region.  In 2019, Hillary co-founded Dysphagia Outreach Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide meaningful assistance to individuals affected by dysphagia. In 2021, Hillary joined the Louisiana Speech-Language Hearing Association Board of Directors and is the current Immediate Past President. Hillary is serving as the 2024-2026 Treasurer for the Council of State Association Presidents (CSAP). She is also currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Learning and Organizational Change at Baylor University.  Hillary enjoys teaching and traveling around the country in her free time, providing high-quality lectures to medical speech-language pathologists. 

      Financial Disclosures

      The speaker is a LSHA Board Member serving currently as immediate Past President. The speaker receives free convention registration as a board member. 


      Non-Financial Disclosures

      The speaker is a member of LSHA . She is the owner and founder of the Dypshagia Outreach Project


      Title 

      SLP Test Prep: Game-Based Praxis Prep


      Date and Time

      Saturday, June 8th, 2024 from 1:45-2:45pm


      Speaker(s)

      Samantha Walker


      Abstract

      Join us for an engaging presentation on innovative approaches to Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) test preparation. "SLP Test Prep: Game-Based Praxis Prep" introduces an interactive and dynamic method for mastering the Praxis exam. Through the integration of gamification principles, this session offers participants a fun and effective way to review key concepts, practice scenarios, and enhance critical thinking skills essential for success in the field of speech-language pathology. Attendees will discover how gamified learning experiences can increase motivation, engagement, and retention of information, ultimately improving performance on the Praxis exam. Whether you're a student preparing for licensure or a professional seeking to sharpen your skills, this presentation will equip you with practical strategies and resources to excel in your SLP journey. Join us and level up your Praxis preparation with game-based learning!

      Learner Objectives

      1. Participants will thoroughly understand nine content areas and competencies assessed in the Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Praxis exam, enabling them to identify their strengths and areas needing further review.

      2. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of three effective study strategies tailored to SLP-specific content, including language disorders, phonetics, assessment, and intervention techniques, enhancing their ability to prepare efficiently and effectively for the Praxis exam.

      3. Participants will demonstrate proficiency in applying clinical reasoning skills and evidence-based practices to answer Praxis-style questions accurately, thereby increasing their confidence and readiness to successfully pass the SLP Praxis exam.

      Speaker Bio

      Sam, the spirited and passionate owner of Speaking of Samantics and the SLP Test Prep, is a shining example of how creativity can pave the way to success. When the pandemic left her unable to work, she tapped into her artistic side and transformed her situation with just a few brilliant sticker designs. Today, Speaking of Samantics boasts an incredible collection of over 400 unique designs that have expanded far beyond stickers! Beyond her inventive flair, Sam has embraced her role as a fervent advocate for graduate students in the field of speech pathology. Recognizing the challenges of graduate school, she is determined to reshape the narrative, striving to create a more accepting and supportive environment for all those navigating this demanding journey. In line with this mission, Sam launched The SLP Test Prep, your go-to platform for an engaging and effective study experience designed specifically for SLP graduate students. Whether you're preparing for critical exams or seeking to reinforce your learning, the interactive approach makes studying both enjoyable and comprehensive. Join Sam every Tuesday for live Kahoot! sessions via Zoom for real-time learning, and don't worry if you miss a session. With over 95 recorded games and more than 100 interactive worksheets available, you can study at your own pace, ensuring you're always on top of your game. At The SLP Test Prep, Sam is committed to helping you succeed in your SLP graduate studies by turning study time into an interactive, knowledge-building adventure.

      Financial Disclosures

      The speaker received a speaking free for this presentation. She is an independent contractor for her business, Speaking of Samantics.


      Non-Financial Disclosures

      The speaker does not have any relevant non-financial disclosures.


      Title 

      Travel Therapy


      Date and Time

      Saturday, June 8th, 2024 from 3:00-3:30 pm


      Speaker(s) 

      Heather Barber, M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIS


      Abstract

      This discussion and presentation will highlight travel therapy as it relates to speech-language pathology. Topics will include getting started, working with a recruiter, finding jobs that suit your interests, compensation, and the pros and cons of travel therapy. As an open dialogue format, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and guide the topics of conversation.


      Learner Objectives

      1. Participants will summarize the pros and cons of travel therapy.

      2. Participants will explain the process of getting started with a career in travel therapy.

      3. Participants will describe at least 3 ways to identify if a job is the right fit for them.

      Title

      The Clinical Fellowship Experience


      Date and Time

      Saturday, June 8th, 2024 from 3:30-4:00 pm


      Speaker(s) 

      Kelly Koch, PhD, CCC-SLP


      Abstract

      Designed for students who are interested in the school-based speech-language pathology experience, this 30-minute talk will focus on one SLP's clinical fellowship year in the schools. The presenter worked in Iberia Parish Schools as an itinerate SLP. The presentation will focus on the realities of the experience to better inform graduate students about the career option. The presentation will end with a question-and-answer session. 


      Learner Objectives

      1.        Participants will explain aspects of a clinical fellowship year employed in the school system

      2.        Participants will summarize the lived experience of a career as a school-based SLP.

      3.        Participants will compare best personal fit and/or interest in career routes and job offers.


      Speaker

      Kelly Koch, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in Speech and Language Pathology. She has worked in public schools, private, and university clinics. Her research interests are in the clinical relationship and the application of person-centered care.


      Financial Disclosures

      The speaker received discounted registration to this conference.


      Non-Financial Disclsoures

      The speaker is a LSHA member and on the LSHA committee planning committee.

                

      ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.


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