The Balanced Speech-Language Pathologist

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Presenters: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP and Cheris Frailey

In this episode Michelle is joined once again by the petite powerhouse that is Cheris Frailey MA CCC-SLP, Program Director with the Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations for the State of Colorado, in Jefferson County, CO, who shared insights on Conflict Resolution in Episode 28.  Today Cheris shifts gears and focuses on bringing balance to our clinical selves.  We uncover the true definition of balance, why we seek it and need all 4 areas of it, and then how to apply our new understanding of balance into our daily grind.  Take a breath, run a bit slower, turn the volume up, and let her soothing words hit just the right spot!


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  1. What “balance” means and how why it is important for a working clinician.
  2. Four areas of balance.
  3. Three ways to apply balance to our lives/practice.
About Cheris: Cheris Frailey, MA, CCC-SLP is a certified speech-language pathologist with experience working in hospitals, private practice, skilled nursing and education settings. She currently is the Interstate Compact and Legal Affairs Coordinator for the Department of Regulatory Agencies for the State of Colorado. She previously worked at ASHA as the Director of State Education and Legislative Advocacy serving as the state liaison to the southern region by providing resources, assistance and support regarding legislative and regulatory issues in addition to guidance to state association leaders, members and government agencies. She has received extensive training in facilitation, conflict management and mediation. She currently serves as a volunteer mediator for the City of Littleton and Jefferson County in Colorado.

About Michelle: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP is an accomplished lecturer and PEDs Therapist, she has written and given numerous ASHA approved CEU lectures on such topics as Infantile Spasm and Oropharyngeal Dysphagia, along with Apps and ST, and co-authored a course on Best Practices in EI.  She has also given an AOTA-approved lecture on Sensory Integration from the SLP perspective.  Michelle has delivered lectures at the SCSHA Convention and twice with the SCATP Expo. 
Additional Information

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

Time-Ordered Agenda:

0-10: Introductions and Backgrounds

10-20: Discuss what balance is and why it is important for a working clinician.

20-30: Discuss 4 areas of balance.

30-45: Discuss 3 ways to apply balance to our lives/practice.  

45-1:00: Questions and Answers

Disclosure Statement for Cheris Frailey:

Financial: Cheris Frailey is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Michelle Dawson:

Financial: Michelle Dawson is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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