$475 – $525

Supporting Gender Diverse Speakers: A Course for Voice Clinicians

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Location

Location

Roosevelt University

425 S. Wabash Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

Event description

Description

COURSE OVERVIEW

On site or webinar. This course will orient voice clinicians to the varied needs of transgender/non-binary (TGNB) 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 for working with gender diverse speakers will be reviewed.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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. Describe some recent developments in TGNB health

3. Assemble an appropriate team

4. Provide assessment, goal setting and discharge planning for voice and communication training and therapy

5. Provide treatment of various aspects of gendered voice and communication techniques, including pitch, resonance, intonation, speech, language, and non-verbal communication, as well as relevant counseling support

6. Create unique and creative therapeutic techniques that combine clinical and arts-based paradigms


ASHA CEUs (2.1, PENDING ASHA APPROVAL)

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 4/5/20. All registrants (i.e. attendees and non-attendee registrants) may review the event recording, which will be accessible through 5/2/20.


PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Friday, April 3, 2020

7:30 - 8:00, Registration

8:00 - 8:15, Course intro

8:15 - 9:30, TGNB wellness

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, Discussion

5:00 - 6:30, Mixer

Saturday, April 4, 2020

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, Discussion

Sunday, April 5, 2020

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 of the six topics: Voice and communication techniques, non-speech vocalization techniques, counseling, meta-therapy, navigating gender, current topics

11:15 - 11:45, Small group session 1

11:45 - 12:15, Small group session 2

12:15 - 1:15, Lunch (on your own)

1:15 - 1:45, Small group session 3

1:45 - 2:15, Small group session 4

2:15 - 2:45, Small group session 5

2:45 - 3:15, Small group session 6

3:15 - 3:45, Wrap-up of small sessions and course


MEALS

Registration fees include mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. Lunch is on your own. Many restaurants are within walking distance of the venue.


LODGING

There are many excellent options nearby.


MATERIALS

Course materials and resources will be provided digitally one week in advance of the course. There will also be a raffle of books by gender diverse authors.


CONFIRMATION

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.


CANCELLATION POLICY

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.


WEB-BASED REGISTRANTS

Web-based registrants will have the ability to participate and engage in every aspect of the coursework. While audio-visual output from the registrant's computer are not required for participation, such capabilities will allow for optimal engagement particularly during "break-out sessions," when registrants are practicing tasks, discussing topics amongst themselves, and so forth. A brief orientation session will be available to web-based registrants directly prior to the course to ensure optimal engagement through the web-based platform.


VOLUNTEERS

Four student volunteers are needed to help with the event for an ~50% discounted rate of $250.00. Please contact the organizers at tgvoicetraining@gmail.com if you are interested, along with a description of your experience and interest in this area of voice.


TGNB COMMUNITY CONSULTANTS

Two people who identify as transgender/non-binary will be given free attendance to the event in exchange for sharing their constructive feedback, insight, and perspective on course programming, materials, and details of the live event with the organizers. The three cisgender presenters of this course welcome conscientious individuals in the voice community with TGNB lived experience to take on this important role. How, when, and in what format this information is shared will be determined by the TGNB Community Consultants and the organizers by way of communication in advance of the course. The aim of inviting TGNB Community Consultants is to ensure continued cultural humility, promote gender-affirming care, and align with USPATH's objective in elevating TGNB voices in professional TGNB wellness events. If you are interested in taking on this task, please introduce yourself to the organizers at tgvoicetraining@gmail.com and provide some information about why you feel you would be a good fit.


STUDENTS

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 tgvoicetraining@gmail.com 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 tgvoicetraining@gmail.com.


GROUPS

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 tgvoicetraining@gmail.com 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. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Washington, WWU, and SUNY New Paltz. Ms. Hirsch is the owner of Give Voice in Seattle.

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 voice training for gender diverse speakers. Ms. Block is an active speaker, contributing writer, and clinician educator in the speech pathology and TGNB wellness community. Some include: Adler, Hirsch & Pickering, 2019, Trans Bodies Trans Selves, Exercises for Voice Therapy, SIG3 Perspectives, Speech-Language Pathology Casebook, ASHA, Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, and the Voice Foundation Symposium. She has served on WPATH's Global Education Initiative (GEI) faculty for the Voice and Communication Course in Buenos Aires in November 2018, the Live Surgery Training Course in NYC in March 2019, and the USPATH Foundations Course in Washington DC in September 2019.


DISCLOSURES

Ms. Hirsch

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 communication 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.

Dr. Helou

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.

Ms. Block

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.


PODCAST INTERVIEW ABOUT THE COURSE

For more information about the background and evolution of the course, and the approach of the presenters to gender-affirming care for TGNB speakers, check out the podcast SPEECH UNCENSORED, hosted by Leigh Ann Porter, Episode 13 of Season 2, entitled "Preparing Voice Clinicians to Support Speakers Along the Gender Spectrum:" https://www.speechuncensored.com/podcastepisodes/s2e13-preparing-voice-clinicians-to-support-speakers-across-the-gender-spectrum-with-christie-block-ma-ms-ccc-slp-leah-b-helou-phd-ccc-slp-sandy-hirsch-ms-ccc-slp


CONTACT US BY EMAIL

tgvoicetraining@gmail.com


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Chicago, IL 60605

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