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Understanding Counseling and the Process of Change

presented by J. Scott Yaruss

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Financial: Scott Yaruss receives an honorarium from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Scott Yaruss has no non-financial interests or relationships with MedBridge.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Speech-language pathologists who work with individuals who stutter do more than simply teach speech techniques. Because of the complexity of the stuttering disorder, therapists often find themselves addressing both attitudinal and emotional aspects of the speaker’s experience of stuttering. Unfortunately, many clinicians report that they are less comfortable working with these components of the stuttering disorder. This course (part one of three in this course series) will discuss some of the key aspects of the counseling process that clinicians can apply to their work with individuals who stutter. Specifically, the course will provide clinicians with a high-level overview of a model of change that can help them guide their clients through the process of therapy so they can achieve their best possible outcomes from intervention. This is the first in a three course series.

Meet Your Instructor

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA, is a Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University. A board-certified specialist in fluency disorders, Dr. Yaruss has served on the board of directors for the National Stuttering Association and as Associate Coordinator for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Special Interest Division for Fluency Disorders. His…

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1. What is Counseling and How Does it Relate to Stuttering?

Chapter One introduces the topic of counseling and discusses how it relates to the field of speech-language pathology in general, and the disorder of stuttering specifically.

2. Is Counseling Within Our Scope of Practice?

Chapter Two addresses the question of whether counseling is within the scope of practice for speech-language pathologists.

3. How Does Counseling Relate to Stuttering?

Chapter Three briefly introduces the specific topic of stuttering and highlights the reasons that counseling skills are particularly important with people who stutter.

4. How Does Counseling Help People Change?

Chapter Four introduces the concept that it is possible for people to make changes in their lives, e.g., to overcome the burden of stuttering or other communication disorders. The conclusion highlights the fact that simply knowing about how to make changes is not sufficient. We also need to learn specific skills for people to move through that process. Part 2 will introduce such skills and show how they relate back to the process of helping people who stutter.

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