Counseling Strategies Workshop

Presented By: J. Scott Yaruss, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BRS-FD, ASHA Fellow

Saturday, October 2, 2010 
8:00 am  - 3:30 pm
Speech Center

Silver Center
Silverstein Lounge, 1st Floor
100 Washington Square East
New York, NY 10012


 About the Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to provide clinicians with an overview of specific counseling techniques they can use in therapy to help their clients overcome the broader emotional challenges associated with their communication difficulties.

Speech-language pathologists(SLPs) are trained to help people with speech or language disorders learn to improve their communication skills and increase their ability to function in their daily lives.  People with communication disorders may also experience negative affective or cognitive reactions to their speaking difficulties.  These reactions can have a significant impact on a speaker's emotional well-being and impede their progress in therapy.  To help their clients achieve the greatest possible success in therapy, SLPs need to help clients address these negative reactions.


Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of using counseling strategies for helping people with communication disorders
  • Describe the process of coping that people with communication disorders may experience as they learn to live with their speaking difficulties
  • Apply a model to the counseling process focused on helping clients identify their current situation, evaluate their preferred situation, select appropriate options for change, and develop an action plan to help them achieve their goals
  • Utilize three key counseling strategies designed to help people with communication disorders come to terms with their speaking difficulties and improve the outcome of treatment

About The Presenter

Dr. J. Scott Yaruss teaches classes on stuttering and counseling methods for speech-language pathologists, and conducts workshops designed to help clinicians feel more confident in their ability to work with individuals with communication disorders.  Dr. Yaruss is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and Co-Director of the Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania.  He conducts research on the onset and development of stuttering in preschool children, including analysis of linguistic and motoric source factors that contribute to children's production of speech disruptions.  His research also focuses on the evaluation of treatment outcomes for children, adolescents and adults who stutter, particularly for those treatment approaches that involve counseling to help clients overcome their negative affective and cognitive reactions to their speaking difficulties.

Dr. Yaruss has published more than 70 papers on stuttering and counseling in journals, books, and newsletters, and presented approximately 300 workshops and lectures at local, national, and international meetings.


8:00 - 8:45      Registration & continental breakfast

8:45 - 9:00      Chair's welcome and opening remarks

9:00 - 10:30    What is counseling?  When do we use counseling strategies?

10:30 - 10:45  Break 

10:45 - 12:00  A model for helping clients achieve their goals in treatment

12:00  - 1:00   Lunch (on your own)       Some Ideas for Lunch around the Silver Center

1:00 - 2:30      Specific counseling strategies

2:30 - 2:45      Break (light refreshments)

2:45 - 3:30      Bringing it all together for change / Questions and answers

Registration Fees

Early Registration (By August 31) : $195

Regular Registration (After August 31): $220

NYU Off-Campus Supervison Discount (Academic Years 2008-Present): $95

 Registration Deadline: September 20, 2010

Link to Registration Form  

This is an ASHA approved workshop

This course is offered for .5 CEUs (Intermediate Level, Related Area)

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