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Course Spotlight: Improving Communication with Your Young Clients

Improving Communication with Your Young Clients is one of our most top-rated online continuing education courses, receiving rave reviews from SLPs, OTs, social workers and psychologists.

Course Abstract:

Improving Communication with Your Young ClientsHealthy professional and personal relationships rely heavily on effective communication techniques and respectful conversational skills. Clinicians and other professionals who work with children and their families can benefit from adding to their repertoire by learning communication techniques that improve the quality of these relationships. The correct use of language can increase your young clients’ self-esteem, motivate children to learn, engage their willing cooperation, defuse power struggles, and teach conflict resolution skills. With this information, you will also be better prepared to manage difficult conversations. The purpose of this course is to teach clinicians effective and practical communication and conversational skills to use in the classroom and in one-on-one situations with young clients and their families. Course #30-33 | 2009 | 62 pages | 20 posttest questions

Customer Reviews:

“This course was great! I loved the examples provided for review and they highlighted the information for learning. Great for all therapists, families, medical and education supporters for our young clients.” – P.C. (SLP)

“I enjoyed this course and would recommend it to others.” R.L. (OT)

“I loved this one..my favorite so far! As a parent and professional, I will be using it immediately!” – J.S. (SLP)

“This was a very good course. I will definitely use this knowledge every day as a school-based COTA. I would highly recommend this course to fellow therapists. Actually, I wish I had taken this course before having had children of my own!” – A.B. (SLP)

“Interesting, a good way to review and think about current caseload of children.” – J.H. (SLP)

“This was by far the best course I’ve completed out of 15+. The materials were informative, clear and concise without being too vague.  Great course.” – K.L. (Social Worker)

“Best course ever! My favorite! Very informative and extremely well written. This is a course that everyone could use in teaching them effective ways to communicate with others at any level.” – L.M. (Psychologist)

“I appreciate the large number of references. Thank you!” – M.R. (SLP)

“Loved all the examples…helped to clarify.” – D.D. (SLP)

“Very good course, with pertinent learning and tools for use with clients, their parents, and teachers/other people involved in client’s care and education.” – J.A.H. (OT)

“This is an excellent course. The topic and ideas are very practical, and since they are written from a therapist viewpoint, they are very applicable to my situation (school OT). The text was straightforward and easy to read, not bogged down in endless reporting of “studies” and “research” (though this was certainly evidence based).” – K.C. (OT)

“Excellent course and reference material-will definitely improve my behavior management during tx. This course will also help me to address consultations with my students’ classroom teachers as the time available to them to understand and manage behavioral differences within the school day is small – this material carries very easy, fast and effective ways to assist these teachers within a small window of time.” – P.S. (SLP)

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify six skills for responding empathically to children’s negative feelings
2. Name ten techniques that help engage children’s cooperation
3. List six skills adults can use to avoid punishment and deliver discipline effectively
4. Identify seven techniques for encouraging children’s autonomy
5. Discriminate between evaluative praise and descriptive praise
6. Name nine temperamental traits that affect therapist/client communication

About the Author:

Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLP, a certified Speech Pathologist, received her master’s degree from Hunter College in New York in Communication Sciences. She worked as a Speech Pathologist in preschools for the developmentally disabled in the New York school system before staying home full time with her family. She reentered the workforce as a Parent Educator for Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau facilitating “How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk,” and “Siblings Without Rivalry” workshops and presentations based on “Raising Your Spirited Child.” Adina also runs workshops based on “How to Talk so Kids can Learn: At Home and at School” for teachers and other mental health professionals. She has been featured at numerous non-profit organizations and private schools in Cleveland. Adina developed TEAM Communication Ventures and conducts parenting and teacher training via telephone nation wide. She lives with her husband and four lively children in Cleveland, Ohio.

CE Information:

Professional Development Resources is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the following:
AOTA: American Occupational Therapy Association (#3159)
APA: American Psychological Association
ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (AAUM)
ASWB: Association of Social Work Boards (#1046)
CDR: Commission on Dietetic Registration (#PR001)
NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors (#5590)
NAADAC: National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (#00279)
California: Board of Behavioral Sciences (#PCE1625)
Florida: Boards of SW, MFT & MHC (#BAP346); Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); Dietetics & Nutrition (#50-1635); Occupational Therapy Practice (#34). PDResources is CE Broker compliant.
Illinois: DPR for Social Work (#159-00531)
Ohio: Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501)
South Carolina: Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193)
Texas: Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) & State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678)
 
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Posted by on March 15, 2012 in General

 

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Connecticut SLPs Have New CE Requirement

Connecticut Speech-Language Pathology licensees are now required to participate in continuing education (CE) activities for their biennial licensure renewal.

Connecticut SLPs can earn all 20 hours for renewal online!

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Number of Hours

Each licensee applying for license renewal on and after October 1, 2011, shall complete a minimum of 20 hours of qualifying continuing education within the preceding twenty-four-month period for which the license is being renewed.

Qualifying CE

Qualifying continuing education activities include, but are not limited to, workshops or courses, including online courses and journal studies with content accepted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or such successor organization as may be approved by the department, offered by national and state speech-language-hearing associations, other regional speech-language groups, or other related professional societies and organizations as appropriate to the educational needs of the licensee, state and local education agencies, hospitals or other health care institutions, and accredited colleges and universities. One credit hour for each hour of attendance shall be recognized. Audited courses shall have hours of attendance documented.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. Connecticut SLPs can earn all of their required hours through online and home study courses offered at: http://www.pdresources.org/Courses/Speech-and-Hearing/AllCourses/CourseID/1/

Approval of Courses

The Department does not approve continuing education courses or pre-approve specific coursework for individual licensees, nor does the Department maintain a list of continuing education courses. It is incumbent on the licensee and the provider to ensure that the CE activity meets the requirements as outlined on this page and in the Connecticut General Statutes.

Documentation Requirements

Each licensee applying for license renewal shall sign a statement attesting that he or she has satisfied the continuing education requirements. Each licensee shall retain records of attendance or certificates of completion that demonstrate compliance with such continuing education requirements for a minimum of three years following the year in which the continuing education activities were completed and shall submit such records to the department for inspection not later than forty-five days after a request by the department for such records.

Each practitioner applying for renewal will be asked to attest that the practitioner satisfies the continuing education requirements. Certificates of completion should not be mailed to the Department unless a licensee is specifically directed to do so.

Exemptions/Waivers

A licensee who is applying for license renewal for the first time is exempt from continuing education requirements until such licensee’s next registration period.

A licensee who is not engaged in active professional practice in any form during a registration period shall be exempt from the continuing education requirements, provided the licensee submits to the department, prior to the expiration of the registration period, a notarized application for exemption. The application for exemption shall contain a statement that the licensee may not engage in professional practice until the licensee has met the continuing education requirements of this section.

In individual cases involving medical disability or illness, the department may, in it’s discretion, grant a waiver of the continuing education requirements or an extension of time within which to fulfill the continuing education requirements of this section to any licensee, provided the licensee submits to the department, prior to the expiration of the registration period, an application for waiver, along with a certification by a licensed physician of the disability or illness and such other documentation as may be required.

The department may grant a waiver or extension for a period not to exceed one registration period, except that the department may grant additional waivers or extensions if the medical disability or illness upon which a waiver or extension is granted continues beyond the period of the waiver or extension and the licensee applies for an additional waiver or extension.

Reinstatement of a Lapsed License

Any licensee whose license has lapsed due to nonrenewal and who applies to the department for reinstatement of such license shall submit evidence documenting successful completion of ten contact hours of continuing education within the one-year period immediately preceding application for reinstatement.

Connecticut Department of Public Health – Speech and Language Pathologist Licensure: http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=389588&dphNav_GID=1821

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in General

 

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Renewal Information for Mississippi SLPs

Mississippi SLPs can earn all 20 hours for renewal online!

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Mississippi Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists have an upcoming license renewal deadline of June 30, 2012.

20 hours of continuing education are required to renew and 10 of those hours must directly relate to clinical practice. All 20 hours can now be obtained through ASHA-approved online (home study) courses.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. Over 25 online, web-based and test only (based on published books) courses are available at: http://www.pdresources.org/Courses/Speech-and-Hearing/AllCourses/CourseID/1/

Continuing Education Requirements:

Definition and philosophy: Each individual licensed as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist is responsible for optimum service to the consumer and is accountable to the consumer, the employer, and the profession for evidence of maintaining high levels of skill and knowledge.

  • Regulations set the requirement of 20 contact hours (CH) or 2 Continuing Education Units (CEU) to be accrued during the licensing term. No carryover of continuing education hours from one licensure period to another shall be allowed. At least fifty (50) percent (10 Contact Hours or 1 CEU) of the continuing education requirement must be directly related to the clinical practice of speech-language pathology or audiology.
  • Individuals applying for initial licensure within a licensing term must accrue continuing education hours on a prorated scale. Written notification of required hours will be sent to the applicant at the time of licensure.
  • Individuals holding a temporary license must meet the same CEU requirements as regularly licensed practitioners.
  • Persons who fail to accrue the required continuing education hours shall be issued a CE probationary license for the licensure term. Failure to accrue the required hours during the CE probationary period will result in the revocation of the license. Hours accrued are first credited for the delinquent hours lacking from the previous licensure period, and then applied to the current (CE probationary) licensing period. CE probationary licenses will be issued for one licensure term only. No ensuing license may be CE probationary as a result of not meeting continuing education requirements.
  • NOTE: Reinstatement of a license revoked for failure to meet continuing education requirements is subject to the discretion of the Department. If said license is permitted to be reinstated, payment of the “renewal,” the “late renewal payment penalty”, and the “license issued after expiration date” fees as stated in Subchapter 11 of these regulations will be required before licensure may be reinstated.

The content must apply to the field of speech-language pathology or audiology and performance and must be designed to meet one of the following goals:

  • Update knowledge and skills required for competent performance beyond entry level as described in current legislation and regulations.
  • Allow the licensee to enhance his knowledge and skills.
  • Provide opportunities for interdisciplinary learning.
  • Extend limits of professional capabilities and opportunities.
  • Facilitate personal contributions to the advancement of the profession.

Sources of Continuing Education (Revised 1/14/09):

Only courses/providers of CE courses approved by one of the organizations listed in Rule 10.7.4(1) (a) will be accepted as continuing education for licensure renewal purposes. A course not approved by an organization listed in this section of the regulations may be reviewed by the department prior to attendance at the course. Contact the department for information. Continuing education hours may be accrued from the following sources, when the content of the programs relates to the profession of speech-language pathology or audiology:

1. Attendance at educational programs:

  • attendance at educational programs where continuing education credit is given and approved by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), including other state association educational programs;
  • attendance at educational programs where continuing education credit is given and approved by the American Medical Association (AMA) and its components;
  • attendance at educational programs where continuing education credit is given and approved by accredited universities.
  • attendance at educational programs where continuing education credit is given and approved by the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists.
  • attendance at educational programs where continuing education credit is given and approved by the American Academy of Audiology.
  • attendance at educational programs where continuing education credit is given and approved by the American Auditory Society.
  • attendance at educational programs where continuing education credit is given and approved by licensure authorities for speech-language pathology or audiology of other states or territories of the United States or the District of Columbia.
  • attendance at other programs approved for continuing education credit by ASHA, AMA, or their components.

2. Presentations, made before recognized groups of speech-language pathologists or audiologists, medical practitioners, or other health related professionals, rather than civic groups, and directly related to the profession of speech-language pathology or audiology. To be considered for continuing education credit, material outline and a synopsis must be submitted to the Department thirty (30) days prior to the presentation date. Notice of approval or disapproval will be sent following a review by the Department. For approved presentations, the presenter may accrue one (1) hour of continuing education credit for each hour of the actual presentation, and one (1) hour of preparation time, for a total of (2) two hours. Presenter credit is given one (1) time only, even though the session may be presented multiple times. No more than 30% of total required hours may be accrued through presentations.

3. Academic course work taken after successful completion of the master’s degree licensure requirement and taken for credit from a regionally accredited college or university. The courses must relate to the clinical practice of speech-language pathology or audiology. One academic semester hour shall be equivalent to fifteen (15) clock hours for continuing education credit. Courses must be on the graduate level. A minimum grade of “C” is needed for CE purposes

4. Online or Home Study Courses:

  • One hundred percent (100%) of the total required hours may be accrued through online or home study courses.
  • Correspondence courses are not considered self-study.
  • Courses must be approved by one of the organizations listed above.
  • A certificate of completion must be submitted to receive continuing education credit.

5. Teleconferences approved by a provider listed under Rule 10.7.4(1)(a) of these regulations. Viewing of taped teleconferences is not acceptable unless authorized by the provider in writing.

6. Publication in a professional, refereed journal. Licensee must be the principal author. A maximum of 30% of the total CE requirement may be accrued through publication.

Continuing education is defined as education beyond the basic preparation required for entry into the profession, directly related to the performance and practice of speech-language pathology or audiology. Relevancy of continuing education hours will be determined by the department with the advice of the council.

Mississippi Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology Advisory Council: http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/30,0,82.html

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in General

 

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20% Off CE in Celebration of our 20th Anniversary!

We’ve reached a major milestone: 20 years of continuous operation as an accredited provider of continuing education! We couldn’t have done it without you.

In celebration of our anniversary, and to thank you for your support, we are offering a 20% discount on all of our CE courses through June 30, 2012.

Use coupon code 20YEARS to apply during checkout @ www.pdresources.org. Coupon valid on FUTURE orders only (cannot be applied retroactively). Expires 6/30/2012.

20% off CE Sale

A History of PDR

Professional Development Resources was incorporated on August 12, 1992 in the State of Florida as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Its mission was – and continues to be – to seek out the most recent scientific and clinical publications in selected professional areas of psychology, mental health, social work, nutrition, speech language pathology, and occupational therapy and to present continuing education topics of current clinical relevance to the named professions for the purpose of improving patient care.

The company’s founder, Leo Christie, PhD, is a Florida-licensed marriage and family therapist who was in private practice in Jacksonville, Florida from 1982 to 1992. With the intention of establishing an outlet for his interest in writing and teaching, Christie founded the new company and set out to explore the possibility of planning and delivering live educational seminars. The vice president and director of continuing education was – and still is – his wife, Dr. Catherine Christie, who is a registered dietitian.

Christie recalls the early years: “The first steps were to become credentialed by the professional boards, select and develop a topic, identify target audiences, implement a marketing plan, and arrange funding for a series of delivery sites in the State of Florida – a daunting process, to say the least. We set out to secure accreditations from some of the Florida licensing boards so that we could award official CE credit to those who attended our conferences. That process took over 8 months. I remember having some difficulty with the Florida Board of Psychology, and it required a personal appeal and some restructuring before we were eventually recognized as a CE provider. We also sought and received approval to offer CE to nurses, under the auspices of the New York Nurses Association, which was a widely accepted accrediting board at the time. In the early years, nurses represented more than 50% of our seminar attendees.

“During the summer and fall of 1993, we completed 12 six-hour seminars in 7 Florida cities. The summer seminars were titled ‘Fears, Phobia, and Panic’ and dealt with the full spectrum of anxiety disorders. In fall, we introduced a new topic ‘Compulsive Behaviors,’ which featured a study of obsessive compulsive disorder. As a startup year, 1993 generated enough revenue to make further planning and development possible for the new company.

From there, the company went on to secure provider accreditation credentials from a number of national and state boards, including the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) [now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics]. The speaker circuit grew to the point at which there were four speakers on the road at one time presenting various topics in 46 of the 50 states.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in General

 

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Renewal Information for Kentucky SLPs

Kentucky Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, and Speech-Language Pathology Assistant licensees must earn 30 hours of continuing education each renewal period. Dual license holders must earn 50 hours of continuing education.

All continuing education must be earned by January 31 of the renewal period.

Methods of Acquiring Continuing Education Hours

Continuing education hours applicable to the renewal of the license shall be directly related to the professional growth and development of a speech-language pathologist, speech-language pathology assistant, or audiologist.

An educational program from any of the following providers shall be deemed to be relevant to the practice of speech-language pathology or audiology and shall be approved without further review by the board:

  • The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • The American Academy of Audiology

Professional Development Resources is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide online continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. Over 25 courses available at: http://www.pdresources.org/Courses/Speech-and-Hearing/AllCourses/CourseID/1/

No more than 10 hours of continuing education may be earned online in one day.

Kentucky SLPs can earn all 30 hours for renewal online!

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Related continuing education subjects which are not specifically a part of the field of speech-language pathology or audiology may be approved for up to four (4) continuing education hours if the board believes that the related areas serve to enhance the licensee’s ability to practice. The four (4) hour maximum credit for related areas of study by the licensee shall be applicable to only one (1) license (speech-language pathology or audiology) for those individuals who hold dual licensure.

Each licensee is responsible for securing documentation to support proof of attendance. The board will require documentation of obtained continuing education hours if you are audited. Do not send documentation of continuing education to the board unless you are audited.

Kentucky Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology: http://slp.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in General

 

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Renewal Information for New Mexico SLPs

New-Mexico SLP earning CEUs online

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New Mexico-licensed Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are required to renew their licenses annually on January 30th. 20 hours of continuing education are required every 2 years and must be in the field of licensure. All 20 hours may be earned from online or home study courses that are offered by an ASHA-approved provider.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. Over 25 online and home study courses are available for New Mexico SLPs @ http://www.pdresources.org/Courses/Speech-and-Hearing/AllCourses/CourseID/1/

Continuing Education Requirements

Continuing education is one of the most important responsibilities of the speech-language pathologist. It is also a life-long process. A diversity of information related to speech-language pathology regarding changing requirements, laws, and trends in the field is recommended to enhance the professional skills and development the speech-language pathologist. The responsibility of continuing education rests solely with the speech-language pathologist.

  • The board will require twenty (20) hours of continuing education every two years. These may be distributed over the two year period, or they may all be obtained in one year. These continuing education hours must be in the field of his or her licensure, or in a related field if justified to the board office. The board office will consult with the board and/or with the New Mexico speech-language and hearing association (or similar statewide professional association) to resolve questions as to appropriate continuing education hours. Renewal of a license shall be contingent upon the fulfillment of the continuing education standards and the supplying of evidence thereof by the licensee. The board shall be the final authority on acceptance of any educational activity submitted by a licensee to meet the continuing education requirement.
  • The board or board office will approve professional education activities sponsored or approved by a national or state professional association of speech-language pathologists, audiologists and hearing aid dispensers.

Continuing Education Audit

The board shall audit a percentage of renewal applications each year to verify the continuing education requirement. The licensee should maintain a file that includes the continuing education course documentation up to two (2) years.

  • If a NOTICE OF AUDIT letter is received with the annual renewal form, evidence of continuing education hours earned during the last two years must be submitted to the board as requested by this rule.
  • If the licensee is NOT AUDITED, the licensee will have to sign an affidavit attesting to the completion of the required hours of continuing education and all documentation of attendance and agendas should be retained by the licensee for a minimum of two (2) years immediately preceding the current renewal.
  • The board reserves the right to audit continuing education attendance certificates whenever there is reasonable doubt the courses submitted, dates, or hours may be incorrect.

The New Mexico Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing Practices Board: http://www.rld.state.nm.us/Speech/index.html

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in General

 

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Renewal Information for Nevada SLPs

Nevada SLPs can earn all 15 hours for renewal online!

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Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) licensed in Nevada are required to renew their licenses annually on December 31st.

15 hours of continuing education are required per year to renew. Courses offered by ASHA-approved providers are automatically accepted by the Board of Examiners for Audiology and Speech Pathology (http://speech_pathology.state.nv.us/index.htm).

There is no limit on hours earned through online courses that are offered by ASHA-approved providers and include a post-test.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. Over 25 online and book-based home study courses are available at: http://www.pdresources.org/Courses/Speech-and-Hearing/AllCourses/CourseID/1/

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2011 in General

 

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