Once fully qualified, our accredited Vocal Health First Aiders and Vocal Habilitation Professionals are invited to continue their professional development with us and become a Vocal Health Education Member.
Below you will find our Accredited, Professional and Specialist members and their contact details.
Vocal Health First Aid
What is a Vocal Health First Aider?
- They have an understanding of vocal health and the factors that can affect vocal wellbeing.
- They have practical skills to spot the signs of a range of vocal dysfunction and imbalance.
- They have knowledge to help someone towards recovery by:
– Guiding them in self-management, or
– Passing them on to further support, whether that is specialist vocal rehabilitation coaching or clinical treatment
- They have an understanding of how to prevent vocal health issues from occurring in the workplace.
Vocal Health Firstaiders
Anna Prosser – Sheffield, UK
Jonathan Sturcken – New Orleans, LA, USA
Jacqueline Foan – Wimborne, Dorset
Abigail Mann-Daraz – Hampshire
Sophie Price – Walthamstow, East London
Susan Bennett – Mirfield, West Yorkshire
Debi Weaver – Chippenham, Wiltshire
Helen Austwick – West Yorkshire, UK
Maureen Bradley – Los Angeles, CA
Gina Walters, Sheffield UK
Vocal Habilitation Professional
What is a
Vocal Habilitation Professional?
This qualification gives singing teachers and voice teachers the ability to work with singers and other voice users who have been experiencing problems relating to their vocal health. They will have completed Vocal Health First Aid (including assessments) before they can join the Vocal Habilitation Professional pathway.
To complete the training the VHP needs to have at least 1,000 hours of teaching experience or direct client interactions, plus at least 20 hours of study from continuing professional development providers. The qualified VHP will also need to comply with the legal frameworks of their own country. In the UK we expect a VHP to have DBS checks, Safeguarding training, and the relevant professional insurance cover.
Vocal Habilitation Professionals
Nichola Leech – Voice Care Ireland
Sara Brites – Lisbon
Samantha Robertson – Melbourne, Australia
Voice Rehabilitation Specialists
What is a Voice Rehabilitation Specialist?
The Voice Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) has an elite level of training, involving a significant commitment to multi-disciplinary study. Successful graduates of the VHP course are eligible to be considered for the VRS pathway. This pathway delivers a unique breadth of training, delivering the theory behind voice rehabilitation within the practical applications of the biopsychosocial model. The qualified VRS will be able to rehabilitate voice users who have vocal injuries, usually as part of an integrated team.
Voice Rehabilitation Specialists
Aliki Katriou – Rijeka, Croatia
This level of membership is reserved for those who are leaders in the field of Voice Rehabilitation and Therapy after dedicating years of their professional lives to helping care for peoples’ voices.
This is an invited membership level, with 3 Honorary Fellowships awarded each year.
Our first Honorary Fellowship was awarded to Christina Shewell on the 30th January 2022.
Christina Shewell, MA, FRCSLT ADVS, is a spoken voice teacher, and speech / language therapist, and has long working experience with a wide range of clients in both voice therapy and voice development. She has particular expertise in working with performers, and other professional voice users.
For 11 years, she was senior lecturer in voice and counselling skills at University College London, has been a staff member of major British acting schools, a coach in the business world and has spoken at many conferences. She leads a wide range of training courses, both nationally and internationally.
Christina’s book Voice Work: Art and Science in Changing Voices (2009) addresses voice work along the continuum of normal-abnormal voice, in singing, spoken voice coaching and voice pathology, and is a core text for a wide range of voice practitioners. She has a particular interest in the relevance of mindfulness and imagery in voice work and well-being, and in the links between voice, neuroscience, body and emotions.
Her most recent article, Poetry, Voice, Brain and Body is published in the July 2020 Voice and Speech Review – the journal of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA).