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Student Course Descriptions

The following sessions are for student attendees and will not be for CE Credit. Anyone attending the convention may attend these sessions but be aware that they are not available for continuing education hours. The student sessions are a blend of pre-recorded and live sessions. Live student sessions will not be recorded with the exception of “The Anti-Racist Ally” session since that is applicable to all disciplines. It will be available via the CELL Library at the conclusion of convention per ASHA requirements.

"Becoming an Advocate for Your Profession"
Tim Boyd, Director, State Health Care & Education Affairs
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Learn about the importance of developing essential advocacy skills necessary to become lifelong advocates for yourself, your clients, and your profession. This presentation will focus on why participating in advocacy is so important for audiologists and speech-language pathologists throughout their careers, how the professions are affected by public policy at every level of practice, and the advocacy opportunities available to practitioners beginning their careers.
-Identify public policy trends affecting the practice of audiology and speech-language pathology
-Identify at least 3 ways to become involved in advocacy for their profession
-Describe how professional associations work with policymakers to advocate on behalf of their members

"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.
-Participants will learn about systemic inequities and inequalities and how it disproportionately affects people of color and discover how racial inequity looks the same across 5 systems
-Participants will explore their own implicit biases/privilege and its influence on professional practices
-Participants will learn about how to become an effective ally
-Participants will learn why and how Implicit biases are malleable
-Participants will learn about the Dos and Dont's of allyship

"Getting Good at Stress:  Empowering Self to Boost Executive Function, Reduce Anxiety and Strengthen a Growth Mindset" 
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 the
 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

"Effective Interviewing" (LIVE)
haron Lovoy, SPHR
Description:  Recognize they are entering into a long-term relationship with an individual and they owe it to their fellow employees and the applicant, to do everything possible to make the relationship productive.
-Identify why questions such as "What are your strengths?" and "What are your weaknesses?" are a part of poor interviewing techniques
-Determine why certain questions are more effective and will yield better information than others
-Get a "cool tool" that will make designing great interviewing questions

"You've Almost Earned Your Degree! What's Next? Preparing for Your Future as a Speech-Language Pathologist" (LIVE)
Mary Ray-Allen, MEd, CCC-SLP
Description: Students will gain valuable knowledge and insight into preparations for landing a Clinical Fellowship position.
-Explore character traits that future employers are looking for
-Learn how to identify the employers they wish to target
-Organize a job plan search
-Discover how to market themselves and land an interview
-Navigate the interview process
-Evaluate an employment offer
-Cover letter and resume workshop

Student Panel (LIVE) 
A broad range of professionals will serve on this panel discussion. SLPs from a variety of settings, populations, and career stages will be available to answer your questions about graduate school, CF, typical days, career paths, developing specialty areas, and moving into administration/leadership roles.

Sessions may be listed in multiple places if of interest to multiple disciplines. Additional sessions that cover all disciplines (such as Ethics) are listed on the All-Access Courses Page. Please refer to that page for additional CE opportunities.

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