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The Source® for Counseling for SLPs
Ages: Birth-Adult   Grades: Birth-Adult

Counsel with confidence and get better outcomes in therapy!  This long-needed Source explains the foremost approaches to counseling and applies them to the treatment of communication and swallowing disorders.      


  • Understand your role in counseling
  • Confidently address information needs and adjustment issues post diagnosis
  • Differentiate counseling needs by work setting and disorder
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The author draws on research and years of experience to give practical, to-the-point, guidelines.  You'll understand your counseling role as an SLP and know how to:

  • respond effectively to challenging behaviors (e.g., talk of suicide, bullying), emotions (e.g., anger, guilt), and situations (e.g., sharing bad news)
  • control interactions by using the right type of response (e.g., reframing, counter-question, affirmation)
  • build a team with students, parents, patients, and caregivers
  • address situations of potential abuse/neglect and suicide-risk
  • apply strategies to care for your personal mental and physical health
  • match your counseling techniques to work settings in:
    - early intervention
    - home health care
    - acute care, long-term care, and rehabilitation
    - private practice
    - schools and university clinics
  • tailor your counseling approach to the unique needs of individuals with: 
    - progressive neurological diseases
    - aphasia
    - Childhood Apraxia of Speech and motor speech disorders
    - disorders of articulation and childhood language
    - craniofacial anomalies
    - hearing loss
    - dysphagia
    - stuttering
    - pervasive developmental disorders
    - psychiatric disorders
    - TBI and right hemisphere disorders
    - voice disorders and laryngectomy

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157-page book plus a CD of reproducible pages, educational handouts, Laryngectomy Counseling Checklist, summary chart of counseling approaches
  • Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) may provide counseling services on an individual basis or as part of a team that includes the patient, family, caregivers, and other professionals (e.g., educators, psychologists, social workers, physicians) (ASHA, 2004).
  • Counseling promotes clinical decision making within a family-centered paradigm (Hidecker, Jones, Imig, & Villarruel, 2009).
  • SLPs must learn to be present fully and to listen empathetically, without judgment (Spillers, 2007).
  • SLPs who treat children who stutter should counsel parents and acknowledge their feelings, specifically in terms of what causes stuttering, attitudes and beliefs towards stuttering, probable feelings of guilt, and expectations for the child and the disorder, as well as explore possible solutions to the parents' concerns (Zebrowski & Schum, 1993).
  • Counseling is especially crucial for laryngectomy patients and their loved ones, individuals with transgendered voice issues, and those patients with organic, functional, and/or psychogenic voice problems (Blood, Luther, & Stemple, 1992; Gelfer, 1999; Peppard, 1996; Ramig & Verdolini, 1998).
  • Counseling should also be a component of aphasia therapy, particularly post-stroke, when patients and families need social support and are burdened with the sudden onset of this health crisis (Holland & Fridriksson, 2000).

The Source for Counseling for SLPs incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). (2004). Preferred Practice Patterns for the Profession of Speech-Language Pathology [Preferred Practice Patterns]. Available from

Blood, G.W., Luther, A.R., & Stemple, J.C. (1992). Coping and adjustment in alaryngeal speakers. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 1, 63-69.

Gelfer, M.P. (1999). Voice treatment for the male-to-female transgendered client. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 8, 201-208.

Hidecker, M.J.C., Jones, R.S., Imig, D.R., & Villarruel, F.A. (2009). Using family paradigms to improve evidence-based practice. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 18, 212-221. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2009/08-0011)

Holland, A.L., & Fridriksson, J. (2000). Aphasia management during the early phases of recovery following stroke. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 10, 19-28.

Peppard, R.C. (1996). Management of functional voice disorders in adolescents. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 27, 257-270.

Ramig, L.O., & Verdolini, K. (1998). Treatment efficacy: Voice disorders. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 41, S101-S116.

Spillers, C.S. (2007). An existential framework for understanding the counseling needs of clients. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 16, 191-197. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2007/024)

Zebrowski, P.M., & Schum, R.L. (1993). Counseling parents of children who stutter. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 2, 65-73.


Hope C. Reed


Hope C. Reed, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, C.O.M., is an associate professor in the communicative sciences and disorders (CSD) program at Alabama A&M University (AAMU).  Dr. Reed earned a B.S. in Special Education/Speech-Language Pathology and an M.S. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from AAMU, and a SLP.D from Nova Southeastern University.  She has experience in the private sector, home health care, Head Start, public schools, and university settings.  Her primary teaching responsibilities include counseling and child language coursework.  She operates the world's only university-based orofacial myology clinic.  Her clinical and research interests include counseling patients and their families and orofacial myofunctional disorders.

Her national and international publications encompass the topics of counseling, health literacy, and minority student success in higher education.  She is frequently an invited speaker pertaining to the topics of counseling and student preparation for the PRAXIS examination in speech-language pathology.

Dr. Reed serves on the executive board of the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama (SHAA).  In 2008, she received its Distinguished Service Award.  She is an associate editor for the International Journal of Orofacial Myology and serves on the research steering committee for the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM).  She holds certification/licensure from the IAOM, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA), and the Alabama State Department of Education.  She is a wife and mother and enjoys gardening, movies, and trivia.

The Source for Counseling for SLPs is Dr. Reed's third publication with LinguiSystems.  She is also the author of LinguiSystems Guide to Counseling for SLPs and LinguiSystems CE Course, Counseling Theories and Skills for SLPs.


As a speech-language pathologist (SLP), what is your role in counseling students, patients, and caregivers?  Being a competent, well-rounded, and effective clinician requires that in addition to providing diagnostics and treatment, you address the patient's and caregivers' informational needs and personal adjustment issues as they react to diagnoses of communication, swallowing, and cognitive disorders.  You must seamlessly integrate counseling into all interactions with your patients and their caregivers.

The Source for Counseling for SLPs is a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind resource in the field of communication sciences and disorders.  It addresses the counseling needs of those you serve, setting by setting and disorder by disorder.  The book is very user-friendly and provides the background you need to develop and cultivate your own, unique approach to counseling.  This background is coupled with clinically-relevant, useful, and practical information that spans the wide spectrum of individuals whom you serve every day.

The Source for Counseling for SLPs will expand your horizons as a clinician by challenging you to rethink and redefine your professional role.  Students, patients, and caregivers need and deserve so much more than the "mechanics" of diagnostics and treatment.  They need a clinician whom they trust to deliver information with compassion and empathy, balanced with honesty.  They also need help emotionally adjusting to the life changes they confront because of their disorder or condition.  Speech-language pathology is a science—it is what we do and why we do it.  However, there is also an art to our profession, or how we do what we do—that is counseling.

Whether you are a novice or experienced clinician, The Source for Counseling for SLPs will help you do the following:

  • shape and define your role as a counselor
  • harness the best features of the foremost approaches to counseling
  • use the Erikson Life Cycle to build healthy, effective, and beneficial clinical relationships
  • identify counseling skills you may use as well as mistakes you might make in working with patients and caregivers
  • recognize ways to deal with challenging situations, such as building clinical connections, sharing bad news, dealing with the patient's defense mechanisms and depression, helping the patient and caregivers cope with the circumstances, and reporting suspicions of abuse and/or neglect
  • know how to take care of your mental and physical health and deal with burnout
  • value the importance of addressing health literacy
  • familiarize yourself with genetic counseling
  • recognize current trends in school bullying

The major focus of this resource, and what sets it apart from all other books related to communication and swallowing disorders, is counseling in the context of specific work settings and numerous disorders and conditions.  The book covers the following areas:

Work Settings

  • early intervention
  • home health care
  • hospitals and acute care
  • long-term care and rehabilitation
  • private practice
  • schools
  • university clinics

Disorders and Conditions

  • adults with progressive neurological diseases
  • aphasia
  • childhood apraxia of speech
  • child language disorders
  • craniofacial anomalies
  • deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • dementia
  • dysphagia
  • fluency: stuttering
  • motor speech disorders
  • orofacial myofunctional disorders
  • pervasive developmental disorders
  • phonological and articulation disorders
  • psychiatric disorders
  • right hemisphere syndrome
  • traumatic brain injury
  • voice disorders and laryngectomy

I also discuss sensitive issues surrounding the patient's time of diagnosis and discharge.

The Source for Counseling for SLPs can help you build better clinical relationships with patients and caregivers by helping you understand their informational and emotional needs as well as how to meet those needs.