Virtual Learning by The Stuttering Foundation is an online series of free, interactive workshops with a variety of offerings for speech-language pathologists, parents, and individuals who stutter.

The series includes monthly offerings ranging from clinical training opportunities, to parent education, to a platform for people who stutter of all ages to share their stories. Sessions are moderated by many of the world’s leading clinicians, researchers, and self-help advocates — bringing learning and collaboration to you.

Attention & Executive Functions in Developmental Stuttering

Speaker: Mandy Hampton Wray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, University of Pittsburgh

Date:  Thursday, June 20, 2024

Time: 12:00 to 1:30 PM ET

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Description: Our understanding of attention and executive function skills in developmental stuttering has advanced significantly over the past decade. In this session, we will review recent findings related to attention and attentional control and executive function skills, including working memory, inhibition, and cognitive flexibility in stuttering. We will discuss how these findings advance our understanding of the nature of stuttering and potential clinical implications.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Describe what attention and executive function skills are
  2. Identify ways that attention and executive function skills can impact speech and language
  3. Explain recent findings related to attention and executive function in stuttering
  4. Identify at least one consideration for therapy related to attention or executive function skills

Details:

  • Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathologists, Graduate Students
  • There is no fee for this event.
    *This course is not eligible for CEUs at this time
    Please register if available for the live event only. A recording may be available at a later date on our streaming site for a small fee.

Bio: Amanda Hampton Wray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Innovation in the Department of Communication Science & Disorders at University of Pittsburgh. Her research program examines the development of brain functions mediating language and attention using a multimodal approach, including behavioral and neurophysiological measures. She focuses on factors that affect and support neural processing in complex environments, with a focus on developmental stuttering.   

Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Clinical Supervision

Speakers: Ali Berquez MSc, PG Dip. CT (Oxford), BRIEF Cert. SFBT, MRCSLT, RegHCPC; and Martha Jeffery, BSc, BRIEF Advanced Cert. SFBT, MRCSLT, RegHCPC. Michael Palin Centre for Stammering, London, UK

Date:  Friday, July 12th, 2024

Time: 11:00am – 12:15pm ET

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Description: Ali Berquez and Martha Jeffery will describe the application of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to clinical supervision. They will describe the principles and practice of SFBT in brief; discuss a Solution Focused Mindset and its core components; focus on exploring a supervisee’s best hopes from clinical supervision including the use of scaling; and then describe how to discuss work that’s going well and work that’s not going so well; concluding with a discussion of complimenting and ending clinical supervision sessions. Video examples will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Understand the guiding principles of SFBT.
  2. Be able to describe how to explore a supervisee’s best hopes.
  3. Understand the process of scaling in clinical supervision.
  4. Have a range of questions to use in exploring work that’s going well and work that’s not going so well.
  5. Know how to include complimenting and how to end clinical supervision sessions.

Details:

  • Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathologists, Students
  • There is no fee for this event.
    *This course is not eligible for CEUs at this time
    Please register if available for the live event only. A recording may be available at a later date on our streaming site for a small fee.

Ali Berquez is Clinical Lead at the Michael Palin Centre in London. She works clinically with clients of all ages who stammer and/ or clutter, including adults. As a qualified practitioner in SFBT and CBT, Ali integrates these methods into her clinical work. Ali is an experienced teacher and trainer who regularly delivers courses in the UK and internationally (including the Stuttering Foundation’s annual Eastern Workshop in Boston). She is involved in writing, offering clinical supervision, and contributing to research projects. Ali is Chair of the UK’s National Stammering Clinical Excellence Network, part of the scientific committee for the Oxford Dysfluency Conference and a certified European Stuttering Specialist and recently published a book about SFBT Solution Focused Brief Therapy with Children and Young People who Stammer and their Parents: A Practical Guide from the Michael Palin Centre (2024) with her co-presenter, Martha Jeffery.

Martha Jeffery is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) at the Michael Palin Centre (MPC) in London.  She works with children and young people who stammer and their families – in 1:1 therapy and in groups – and with adults who stammer.  She contributes to the MPC’s research programme (most recently she co-presented a poster about ‘What do people want from stammering therapy?’).  She also delivers MPC’s teaching and training programme – most recently on using SFBT in stammering therapy, and soon on using Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with children under 7 years old who stammer, which will be simultaneously translated into Turkish to a large group of Turkish SLTs and SLT students.  Martha has attended additional training in CBT, and has an Advanced Certificate in SBFT from BRIEF (London)’s year-long programme.  She is co-author of Solution Focused Brief Therapy with Children and Young People who Stammer and their Parents: A Practical Guide from the Michael Palin Centre (2024) with Ali Berquez.