“Meta-Therapy:” How Conversation Shapes Therapeutic Response

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Live and Interactive: October 7, 5:00pm PDT (8pm EDT)
 Leah B. Helou, PhD, CCC-SLP & Leigh Ann Porter, MA CCC-SLP
Join Dr. Leah Helou as she presents the concept of “meta-therapy” as a fourth dimension of voice therapy. There is direct therapy, indirect therapy, and counseling - “meta-therapy” is the conversation that shapes therapeutic outcomes. As Dr. Helou is a voice-specialized SLP, our conversation centers mostly on how meta-therapy can shape voice therapy outcomes. However, wouldn’t this concept be applicable in all areas of our field? Shouldn’t we be empowering patients in aphasia therapy, motor speech therapy, and cognitive-linguistic therapy to take control and ownership of the therapy process? Listen and learn how to apply the principles of meta-therapy to improve patient outcomes in therapy.


By the conclusion of this Podcourse, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the purpose of meta-therapy.
  2. Identify the intended outcome of implementing meta-therapy.
  3. Analyze the value of applying meta-therapy to areas of practice outside of voice therapy.
About Leah: Leah B. Helou, PhD, CCC-SLP is a voice-specialized clinician and researcher. Her overarching research interests are centered on mind-voice pathways. Specifically, Helou studies how psychological states and traits impact the voice and vocal motor behaviors. In addition, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in neurobiology at the Systems Neuroscience Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. There, she investigated the neuroanatomical circuitry underlying cortical control of muscles of breathing and voice. Helou continues to advance each of these programmatic research interests as an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to her research, Helou has been practicing clinically since 2004. Her clinical areas of interest pertain to so-called “functional” voice and laryngeal breathing disorders, as well as voice and communication along the gender spectrum. In 2011, Helou founded the Transgender Voice and Communication Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center. These clinical and research interests are both complementary and intertwined, and all converge on the broader theme of “mind-voice pathways,” which is the focus of her work.

About Leigh Ann: Leigh Ann earned her master’s in Communication Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2013, and has enjoyed being an SLP ever since. While at UCF, Leigh Ann was part of a grant to prepare SLPs to work with English Language Learners, earning a graduate certificate of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Leigh Ann now resides in Kansas City where she divides her time working across outpatient, acute, and inpatient rehab settings. She has presented for ASHA CEUs to regional SLPs on topics such as how the respiratory system and cough influence dysphagia, a review of the literature on dysphagia exercises, and generating measurable dysphagia goals. For multidisciplinary continuing education with PTs and OTs, Leigh Ann has presented on topics such as Cognitive Retraining with an emphasis on memory strategies, and the SLP’s scope of practice & making appropriate patient referrals to the SLP. 
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Time-Ordered Agenda:

1-5: Welcome and Introduction

5-17: Meta-therapy: origin and purpose

17-23: Meta-therapy vs. counseling

23-30: Application of meta-therapy to areas of our field outside of voice therapy

30-36: Illustration of meta-therapy within the context of voice therapy

36-44: How Leah stays current with emerging trends in our field and lessons learned

44-60: Q & A

Course Content Disclosure:
This presentation will focus exclusively on the Meta-Therapy concept and will not include information about other similar or related concepts.

Disclosure Statement for Leigh Ann Porter:

Financial: Leigh Ann Porter is a presenter for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Leah Helou:

Financial: Leah Helou is a presenter for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties. Dr. Cox is an employed faculty at Cleveland State University.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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