Who can attend this course?
Voice Rehabilitation specialists, singing voice specialists and SLT’s/SLP’s.
Staying in your lane or sharing the route?
Professional voice users, such as singers and speakers, often face vocal challenges that require rehabilitation. This course explores the rehabilitation pathway, emphasizing the roles of Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) and Singing Voice Rehabilitation Specialists (SVRS). Whilst each practitioner is working within a defined code of practice, there often exists overlap and blurred boundaries. How is this useful and helpful for the client? Do flexible boundaries allow for collaboration, creativity and imaginative work, or do they lead to confusion and ambiguity over individual accountability?
The purpose of this course is twofold. First, it aims to examine the roles of SLPs and SVRS in the rehabilitation of professional voice users (PVUs). Second, it intends to explore the potential consequences, positive and negative, of these practitioners working collaboratively within flexible boundaries. By addressing these issues, the course seeks to contribute to the ongoing conversation surrounding the best practices in voice rehabilitation, offering insights that can improve the overall experience and outcomes for clients.
Content of Course:
The course comprises two key segments. The first segment clarifies the roles of SLPs and SVRS in voice rehabilitation, offering insight into their practices, expertise, tools, and techniques. We will begin with looking at the common issues affecting the PVU, why they might be seeking help from a voice rehabilitation team. We will then examine a range of rehabilitation techniques, looking into the evidence-base, the theoretical efficacy, and the practical delivery methods.
The second segment innovatively explores the advantages and challenges of flexible boundaries. We will examine several case studies, discussing a range of rehabilitation options. Participants will also engage in hands-on improvisatory role-play, using client histories, symptoms, wishes, and fears provided by attendees. The rehabilitation pathway is collaboratively and iteratively determined in real-time, emphasizing collective decision-making between SLPs and SVRS. The open discussion format fosters dialogue and critical thinking, granting practical insights into the intricate dynamics of voice rehabilitation.
This course bears substantial clinical and practical importance, providing a distinctive platform for professionals to delve into the dynamic realm of voice rehabilitation, with the potential to enhance client outcomes. Emphasizing flexibility and practitioner collaboration, it allows the client’s needs to be central to the rehabilitation journey. Recognizing the equilibrium between creativity and clarity in roles directly impacts the enhancement of voice rehabilitation practices, ultimately benefiting the well-being of professional voice users.
Dr Jenevora Williams is a passionate pedagogue and a leading exponent in the field of vocal health and singing teaching. She was the first singing teacher to be awarded a PhD in voice science in the UK, and won the 2010 BVA Van Lawrence Prize for her outstanding contribution to voice research. As voice science is a relatively young discipline, she has engaged in pioneering work at a grass roots level through the delivery of innovative lectures on Vocal Health, Performance Anxiety, Vocal Pedagogy, Teaching Young Singers, Singing in the Brain, Voice Acoustics, and Teaching Studio Communication Style for bodies such as the British Voice Association, British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), the Association of Teachers of Singing in the UK; NATS and the Voice Foundation in the US; PEVoC and EVTA in the EU. Jenevora has delivered her courses in Belgium, Finland, Portugal, Austria, Slovenia, Perth (Australia), Chicago IL, and has bookings for an Australian tour next year. She also offers more general training for teachers in regional and national music organisations like Sound Connections, The Voices Foundation, Sing Up and Sistema Scotland. Her work now is mainly through Vocal Health Education: along with Stephen King of the Voice Care Centre, she has set up Vocal Health First Aid training that leads on the Vocal Health Practitioner and Vocal Rehabilitation Specialist, all of these are fully accredited qualifications.
Maurice Goodwin is a licensed and practicing Speech Language Pathologist, voice teacher, and active performer now living in Houston, TX. Professionally he specializes in the evaluation and treatment of the singing voice and voice disorders at The Texas Voice Center. Following his undergraduate studies in music performance at Shenandoah University, he completed his graduate work in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh. During his time at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center he completed his graduate thesis on the challenges and changes that occur in the voices of elderly adults. His background as a performer and speech pathologist led him to complete a fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Voice and Swallow Clinics in the treatment of singers, actors, teachers, and other occupational voice users with voice problems. He is a regular lecturer and presenter at conferences focused on the health and education of professional voice users. He is passionate about vocal health education and the intersections of identity and voice. Maurice is licensed to practice in the state of Texas and holds national certification from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). He is a mentor and course presenter on the Vocal Habilitation Professional Course and the VRS Pathway with Vocal Health Education.