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All-Access Course Descriptions

All courses listed here will be pre-recorded and available for the duration of convention with the exception of one live session. The session “The Antiracist Ally: Tackling Systemic Racism Through Awakened Critical Consciousness and Commitment to Inclusivity” with Sucheta Kamath will be presented LIVE. Registration is required and will be sent via email 2 weeks prior to convention. The session will be held via zoom. Due to ASHA requirements it will be recorded but will not be available until the conclusion of the convention. After the convention is over it will be available via the CELL Library.

"Clinical Education Training for AuDs and SLPs Involvement in Student Supervision" (120 minutes - 2 hours)
Elizabeth Zylla-Jones, Esther Phillips-Ross, Mary Ray-Allen, Melissa Cheslock
Description:  Supervision Training course developed to meet ASHA requirements pertaining to supervision training.
-Identify the basic requirements, skills and knowledge of clinical supervision for audiologists and speech-language pathologists
-Explain the process of student placements, as well as how to evaluate students, document their skills and complete the necessary information required for student placements
-Modify supervision tactics under special circumstances including teletheraphy, supervising marginal students and employees and supervising individuals from various generations

"Coding and Telepractice Update for Speech-Language Pathologists" (60 minutes - 1 hour)*
Neela Swanson, BA

Description:  This course will review coding for virtual assessments and personal protective equipment.  It will also provide an overview of practical considerations for coding and coverage of telepractice services.  The presenter will discuss common questions and provide coding and billing scenarios.
-Describe key speech-language pathology coding and payment policy updates for 2021
-Describe appropriate use of CPT codes for communication technology-based services and PPE
-Identify key coding and payment considerations for providing telepractice
*Also listed under Adult course description

"Coding and Telepractice Update for Audiologists" (60 minutes - 1 hour)
Neela Swanson, BA (ASHA)*

Description:  This course will review coding and health care policy updates for 2021, including new codes for vestibular and auditory evoked potential testing.  It will also provide an overview of practical considerations for coding and coverage of teleaudiology.  The presenter will discuss common questions and provide coding and billing scenarios.
-Describe key audiology coding and payment policy updates for 2021
-Describe appropriate use of the new CPT codes for vestibular and auditory evoked potential testing
-Identify key coding and payment considerations for providing teleaudiology
*Also listed under Audiology course description

"Ethics: The Effect of Late Renewal, Unauthorized Practice & False Billing" (60 minutes - 1 hour)
Yvonne Saxon, JD
Description:  Professional standards of ethics in audiology and speech-language pathology.
-Identify the importance of timely renewal of license
-Identify ways to avoid unauthorized practices as an SLP or AUD
-Identify ways to avoid pitfalls of false billing
-Describe how to be an ethical and productive SLP or AUD

"Getting Good at Stress:  Empowering Self to Boost Executive Function, Reduce Anxiety and Strengthen a Growth Mindset" (120 minutes - 2 hours)
Sucheta Kamath, CCC-SLP, MA
Description:  We all are trying to do our best in these persistent pandemic conditions; which means we are experiencing unprecedented challenging times marked by an avalanche of uncertainty. As budding and seasoned clinicians reassess and readjust their ongoing approach to a work-life balance, considerations must be given to the fact that individuals are under enormous stress and are rarely given the opportunity to explicitly discover their personal strengths and challenges, take a deep dive into faux-pas or failures, and have guidelines to know how to improve productivity and self-efficacy during stressful conditions. In this presentation, Sucheta will discuss how implementing realistic and effective stress-busting strategies and by focusing explicitly on strengthening executive function and mindfulness skills including adaptive flexibility, interpersonal connectivity and growth mindset, can help us see that there’s an upside to stress and getting good at stress is possible.
-Define the neuroscience of stress, stress response in mammals and the role of desirable growth during uncertainty
-Contrast the differences between "essential" and "unnecessary" anxiety and recognize how anxiety manifests in passive or aggressive behaviors and interferes with social connectivity
Summarize a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset, some common misconceptions, the Learning vs. Performance Zone and how the interplay between the two affects our psychology and behaviors
Analyze the human need for challenge-seeking error avoidance and risk aversion and its implications on stress, anxiety and personal growth
Identify key strategies to strengthen resilience through emotional courage, mindfulness and open-minded adaptive flexibility

"Let's Talk Teletheraphy" (60 minutes - 1 hour)
Anna K. Webb, MS, CCC-SLP
In this session, participants will receive an introduction to teletherapy as a model of service delivery within the field of speech-language pathology. Participants will gain understanding of technology and equipment recommended for teletherapy in order to facilitate successful teletherapy sessions with clients. Participants will also review considerations for assessment and intervention, as well as how to plan and prepare for evaluation and treatment. Whether you are new to telepractice or curious to learn more, join us as we talk teletherapy!
-The participant will be able to define telepractice and list three models of service delivery within the field of speech-language pathology
-Integrate understanding of technological components of telepractice and apply to teletherapy sessions
-Plan and prepare for assessment and intervention through the selection of appropriate materials and activities for teletherapy

"The Antiracist Ally: Tackling Systemic Racism Through Awakened Critical Consciousness and Commitment to Inclusivity" (LIVE)
Sucheta Kamath, CCC-SLP, MA
Amid the upheaval of the global pandemic and worldwide demonstrations against systemic racism, essential questions about race, equity and equality in United states have taken center stage. Historically, the field of speech-language pathology has largely been homogenous and while tasked to serve the needs underrepresented communities many experience discomfort around the conversation about race which can and does have an impact on people of color (POC) - clinicians and consumers alike. With data that captures the stark realities of academic underachievement and economic immobility, it is imperative that we as professionals undertake the cause with urgency and energy. 
Join Sucheta Kamath to explore what it means to become an “anti-racist ally” SLP; which is an active process - one that relies on information gathering, perspective shift, bold open dialogues and essential self-change to raise our awareness about systemic racism and its root causes. By elevating our collective critical consciousness and cultural competence we can build compassionate, collaborative and interdependent communities that strengthen the inclusivity in the field.
-Define systemic inequities and inequalities and how it disproportionately affects people of color and discover how racial inequity looks the same across 5 systems
-Analyze their own implicit biases/privilege and its influence on professional practices
-Interpret how to become an effective ally
-Describe why and how Implicit biases are malleable
-Contrast the Dos and Dont's of allyship

"Understanding the Depth and Breadth of Language Variation" (90 minutes - 1 1/2 hours)*
Paul Reed, PhD, CCC-SLP

Every aspect of language is subject to variation, from lexical items, to phonetic gestures, to pragmatic concerns. Without an understanding of linguistic variation, any language professional may be ill-equipped to fully support all clients, regardless of dialectal background. This talk will provide an overview of the main sources of language variation along with potential impacts on practice, with a focus on Alabama and the American South. Concrete strategies about how professionals can incorporate this knowledge into their practice will also be discussed.
-Classify the major sources of language variation, focusing primarily on features of the US South
-Describe strategies to better accommodate language variation in their practice
-Analyze language variation and describe how a lack of knowledge about variation can and will affect a professional's practice
*Also listed under Adult course description

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