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
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
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech and motor speech disorders
- disorders of articulation and childhood language
- craniofacial anomalies
- hearing loss
- pervasive developmental disorders
- psychiatric disorders
- TBI and right hemisphere disorders
- voice disorders and laryngectomy
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- 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.
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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)
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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.