Chapter 1 What Is an ASHA Professional?
Chapter 2 Adulting: Being a Professional in the Workplace
Chapter 3 Nonverbal Communication: Understanding and Communicating Well
Chapter 4 Professional Written Communication
Chapter 5 Counseling in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Chapter 6 Cultural Competency: A Journey to Self-Awareness Through Cultural Humility
Chapter 7 Collaboration: Working with Clients, Families, and Colleagues
Chapter 8 Supervision: Supervising and Being Supervised
Chapter 9 Cultivating Resilience against Stress, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout
Chapter 10 The Growing Professional: Professional Development and Leadership
Chapter 11 Understanding and Embracing a Changing Profession
Professional Competencies in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is designed for the professional issues course at the graduate level in a speech-language pathology or audiology program. ASHA recently updated the curriculum standards for master’s level programs to include a list of professional competencies, identifying a need for direct instruction in professional competencies for SLP students. The purpose of this text will be to provide that direct instruction in professional competency and soft-skills. Topics such as cultural competence, professional duties, collaborative practices clinical reasoning and evidence-based practices, and effective communication skills will be covered.
Many chapters in this textbook will be co-authored by non-SLPs who have extensive knowledge in the topic area. By pairing the expertise of individuals outside of SLPs with the author, professional competencies can be taught in-depth and applied to clinical cases and situations.
This textbook will employ a Theory to Practice approach through examples, practice, and application as follows:
- Theoretical concepts will be presented
- Theoretical concepts will be applied to the field by the author through examples
- Readers will then be given an opportunity to apply theories to provided case studies
- Suggestions for application in current settings will be given and questions for reflection will be provided
- Directly linked to ASHA 2017 standards for academic programs
- Several chapters co-authored by professionals outside of speech-language pathology, paired with applications to the field by an SLP
- Practical strategies and applications that can be implemented immediately by students
- Instruction in skill-sets expected by SLP employers
- Theory to Practice approach provides students with the opportunity to learn, practice, apply and reflect on each professional competency in a way that will solidify learning and enhance the development of each concept
- Inclusion of case studies and videos
Tonya Dantuma, PhD, CCC-SLP - Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Biola University, Los Angeles, California
Dr. Tonya Dantuma is an associate professor and graduate program director at Biola University. She teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs, and her teaching interests are in the areas of speech sound disorders, global issues and telepractice, and professional issues in speech-language pathology. Tonya was honored with the Provost’s Award for “Excellence in Teaching,” naming her the best teacher in 2015 at Biola University. In addition to her classes, Dantuma leads two service-learning trips to Belize and to Uganda, during which she teaches therapy skills, cultural competence, and loving through actions. Dantuma integrates imago dei, all people are created in the image of God, as the foundation for all of her teaching and clinical work. University students, people with disabilities, people who are angry, people who are from other cultures, and people who are different from us are all created in the image of God. As such, they deserve our best treatment, our deepest compassion, and our love.