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Discussing Trauma-Informed Care With Clients, Patients, and Students

February 23, 2023 | 8:00–9:30 p.m., ET | Town Hall on Zoom

Whether providing services in person or remotely, we recognize that the mental health needs of clients, patients, and students have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many individuals and families continue to deal with emotional, financial, and physical hardships and losses. ASHA recognizes the importance of a trauma-informed model of care, which emphasizes the prevalence and pervasive impact of trauma on the lives of behavioral health care providers and the people they serve.

ASHA will hold a virtual town hall to discuss TIC in audiology and speech-language pathology services for clients, patients, and students in a variety of settings. The goal of these conversations is to improve the quality of care that clinicians provide. Our panelists will share ASHA and other resources—as well as tools and strategies that you can use to provide trauma-informed care in clinical practice. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about practical solutions.

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The panel includes the following individuals:

  • Carol Westby, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, Bilingual Multicultural Services
  • Lizette Ubides, LCSW-C, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Responsive Recovery
  • Elizabeth Palm LaGrange, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS, Cincinnati VA Medical Center
  • Marc Fagelson, PhD, CCC-A, East Tennessee State University
  • Jaime Van Echo, MS, CCC-SLP, ASHA Associate Director, Clinical Issues in Speech-Language Pathology; Moderator

After attending this town hall, the learner will be able to

  • identify and use resources about trauma-informed care;
  • analyze current needs of clients, patients, and students served
  • formulate a plan to address the unique needs of clients, patients and students; and
  • decide upon next steps to address trauma-related issues and determine partners (e.g., colleagues community members, and decision makers) with whom they can collaborate to effect change.

Continuing Education

ASHA does not require additional certifications to be proficient in providing trauma-informed care (TIC) as part of your professional practice. Companies may offer courses related to TIC that will include a certificate of completion, competency, or certification in that course. The ASHA Leader article, Certificates, Certifications, and Competency: Investing in Your Future, discusses considerations that are worth weighing before committing to any professional development program. Review ASHA’s webpage, What To Ask When Evaluating Any Procedure, Product, or Program.

This town hall is open to ASHA audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and assistants and meets the ASHA Clinical Certification Standards defining professional development as an instructional activity. Attendees can earn 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs) for attending the entire live session. PDHs cannot be earned for watching the recording of the event.

The 1.5 PDHs obtained from attending this town hall are not an ASHA continuing education unit (CEU), per se, but can be applied toward ASHA certification maintenance. It is the attendee’s responsibility to determine whether the PDHs can be applied toward state licensure renewal as determined by their individual state licensure board. A downloadable certificate of completion will be distributed to all participants at the end of the event.


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