Created exclusively for SLPs who work with patients in hospitals, nursing homes, home health, outpatient, physician offices, or even in schools and private settings
Learn how to connect with your patients, improve their outcomes, earn more respect, and increase your career fulfillment by following the evidence-based practice model
…and ensure that you feel confident handling any patient that comes your way.
The truth is…
The main reason SLPs are feeling burnt out and unfulfilled?
Is the lack of understanding and utilization of the evidence-based practice model.
Every day, I see SLPs who carry anxiety on their shoulders because they’re being asked to assess and treat certain conditions they know little (or nothing) about. Or being asked to work in conditions that we never thought we would see in our lifetime.
SLPs are frustrated by their facility’s limitations, the lack of support and respect we get, and the sheer magnitude of sick patients that we just want to help.
Even worse, SLPs are not feeling in alignment with why they got into this profession in the first place… to help people improve their speech and swallowing.
What happens when your clinical practice and patient outcomes aren’t in alignment?
Or when you’re denied approval to make changes because it either “isn’t in the budget” or “isn’t how we do things around here?”
You feel frustrated, overlooked, and burnt out. You feel like you’re letting your patients down.
Your sense of respect is depleted and you feel completely disconnected to your purpose.
With the right approach based on the three components of best practice, however, you can transform all of that.
I believe that with the right approach to evidence-based practice we can decrease compassion fatigue and moral injury by elevating our profession and career fulfillment while improving patient outcomes in a way that feels really good allowing us to have a career that we truly enjoy.
Focusing on the patient and patient-centered care is what we all need to flourish.
I know it sounds weird but with over 6,000 members in the MedSLP Collective and an emphasis on combining the patient’s wishes, with clinical experience, and the latest research, we’ve shown that it’s possible to truly help patients and give your career the boost you’re desiring.
I've developed an on-demand online workshop registered for 0.4 ASHA CEUs to discuss the three components of EBP, show you how they all work together, and give you the tools to implement immediately.
I want to help you LOVE your career.
Like most things in life, we learn best from either experience or from being mentored, and I want to share with you everything I’ve learned in helping other SLPs just like you.
I've developed the framework and know-how from helping thousands of SLPs truly help their patients… and I'm really excited to share all of it with you.
I truly believe that there is a way for us to absolutely love what we’re doing, and I want to personally help you better impact your patients’ lives, earn that respect, and implement the changes in your workplace that will extinguish the burnout and ignite a new flame.
In four hours, I’m going to help you understand how to connect with your patients, improve their outcomes, earn more respect, and increase your career fulfillment by following the evidence-based practice model …and ensure that you feel confident handling any patient that comes your way.
Here’s what the workshop looks like:
Part 1 – EVIDENCE: The what, how, why, and why not.
What is evidence-based practice? What are the different working models, and what works best for YOU?
Why Research is Important.
Why it’s not the most important thing to consider
What it really takes to understand research.
The difference between internal and external evidence.
How to use research in your clinical practice.
What sources you should “trust” and how only YOU can have the ability to discern that.
How to bring research to the table when colleagues only want to rely on their experience.
How I spent all of my time relying on research for one complex patient, only to realize I was focusing on the wrong thing…
In a nutshell, you’re going to learn how research works in the clinical world, what expectations we should set for ourselves when it comes to understanding the research, how to weave this component of EBP into the whole picture, and when only relying on research may not be the best decision.
Part 2 – CLINICAL EXPERIENCE: Beyond the lab and inside your shoes
Why clinical experience important
Why it’s not the most important thing to consider
Understand exactly how clinical experience impacts: Knowledge, Judgement, Critical Reasoning
How creating inter professional relationships with your colleagues can make all the difference
How to advocate for tools you need and perform inservices to share knowledge and gain experience
Learn how to modify what you know from research by incorporating your clinical experience
What to do when you don’t have much (or any) clinical experience in your setting.
How my (lack of) clinical experience with that same patient I spent all of that time studying research for impacted my decisions.
In short: You’re going to know exactly how clinical experience works in EBP, how it will work for you, and be able to plan how to implement this component into your advocacy towards even better patient outcomes.
Part 3 – CLIENT/PATIENT/CAREGIVER PERSPECTIVES: The critical but often overlooked component of EBP.
Why client/patient/caregiver perspective is so important
What is informed consent, and why patient’s rights matter most
Ways to consider personal and cultural circumstances
Why it’s not the most important component
How to better understand patient values
How to discover the patient’s priorities
Details in identifying the expectations of your client, patient, and/or caregivers
My personal experiences with navigating evidence-based practice
Putting all three components of EBP together (with real-life case studies)
How discovering my one patient’s priorities altered the entire plan of care, despite my research and clinical experience (and how surprised we were to learn what her number one goal was).
Ultimately, you’re going to know exactly how the client/patient/caregiver perspective works in EBP, how it will improve your practice and confidence, and you’ll be able to implement this component into your advocacy efforts in your work environment.
What’s the value of this 4 hour workshop?
In all honesty, it’s hard to put a price on these things. Beyond the intrinsic values of improving patient care, earning the respect you deserve, and helping you renew your purpose in this insanely important career, there is a monetary value for 0.4 ASHA CEUs.
If something like this existed through a national organization, the one-time cost would be around $400. I didn’t want to make it that expensive.
Because this is just too important.
Instead, you’ll just pay $97.
And because this information does not exist anywhere (although it should be everywhere), and the world and our profession feels exceptionally heavy right now, I wanted to make it easily accessible.
Here are the benefits of this workshop:
Learn the various working models of evidence-based practice.
Not only will you be learning from research and what I’ve gained from clinicians across the country, but I’ll also be sharing from my personal experiences- both the successes and hard lessons. (Maybe you noticed the one patient I kept referring to above in my workshop outline…)
I’ve personally worked with hundreds of different SLPs and have serviced thousands of patients throughout my career, and while I don’t have some secret recipe to success, I know what makes SLPs feel happy and fulfilled, along with their patients, and I know what doesn’t.
I’m so excited to bring this information to you on a larger scale, that anyone can access, from the comfort of your own home.
Check out your colleague's EBP in action:
“I feel more confident in making a change in my new environment with access to latest practice and research. I will use references in my documentation and will use this information for in-services with staff and the pillars of aspiration and research with that article more frequently and with more confidence – I have no access to instrumentals, this will help me make decisions. I won't sit back and just blend in to my new job, new system, I will educate and hopefully advocate for our profession.”
“This course has encouraged me to learn more about myself and my emotional intelligence in order to best help my patients. I enjoyed the focus on meaningful ways to have a dialogue with patients and other members of the team. It was encouraging to hear all of the ways we can advocate to continuously improve practice/care for our patients!”
“I’ve been making a concerted effort to implement more and more EBP into my practice. One thing I will implement more consciously into my practice(I think I do it somewhat already!) is truly finding out what the patient wants to address DAILY, not just upon initial evaluation. I have a small team of SLPs who I work with. I plan to increase our discussion time of implementing EBP into our practice. Lucky me, I work with GREAT SLPs and we are receptive to suggestions and input from each other! I plan to incorporate PROMS into my practice immediately and make them a part of my documentation. I have not been using these prior to this talk! Thank you!”
“As a new CCC-SLP I feel like every session of this workshop provided me with valuable information I was able to translate into my sessions and practice. The professor of my adult classes in graduate school was very heavy into research studies and the various levels of evidence.I used to believe that the evidence piece was the most important but I'm learning to see the whole picture after this workshop.”
“I feel like this was a great reminder to make sure we keep our patient's goals in the forefront of our evaluations/treatment, as a win for us may not necessarily feel like a win for our patient. I feel like after this course I will seek out more inter professional relationships, particularly with respiratory therapy and our trauma team. Finally, I was thrilled to have learned about the PROMs options available to us and be able to choose from some that may fit each individual patient best.”
“I really loved the discussion about how clinical experience IS important, but making sure the experience is based on accurate and up to date practices. I enjoyed thinking about how there is limit to research (not something I had truly thought about before) because you can’t possibly study everything, and especially with our field it’s nearly impossible to control every variable. That was a good reminder to know that if I see something work consistently and there isn’t evidence for or against it, it doesn’t mean that it’s “bad.” I can take care and be wise in how I’m practicing and balancing my clinical experience, with the EBP/research, and the pt’s goals and wishes. Really great material!”
“I loved the review of the principles of neuroplasticity! So many people feel like either they are too old or their family member or client are too “whatever” to benefit from therapeutic intervention but reinforcing these principles can make the difference for buy in across the team, family, and facility.”
“The informed consent is something I have been working on within our team and hospital administration. I am so thrilled to have this resource now and continue working towards implementing this at our facility. I loved this course so much! SO much good info!”
“This course has opened my mind to so much. First, I want to say thank you for talking about your background and how you did your CF in the schools and transitioned to adults. That was my experience as well, and I have to say that it was not an easy transition, but very grateful to be where I am. Through this course I learned the importance of patient preference and patient centered treatment. Sometimes I complete evaluations based on what other staff members want me to work on or even based on findings from evaluations. But the patient’s feelings and goals are not taken into consideration. I also learned that clinical years of experience is not what drives competency. So many time I’ve thought, “I can’t wait to have 10 years of experience and knowledge”. But thinking that way has me waiting for something that I could fix right at this moment by reading more, taking more courses, learning the latest techniques. And third, I learned that all three aspects are important, research, patient preference goals and clinical experience, in order to provide the best care possible. I’m inspired to continue to grow as a professional. And I am very grateful to find the Medical SLP Collective. I haven’t had much guidance and I appreciate having the support from colleagues.”
“THANK YOU for the review on evidence hierarchy and how to read articles! I used to have such a technical mind when I was younger and I absolutely loved to read research articles. You hit the nail on the head when you said during this series “I don't have the emotional capacity for this right now.” I've been feeling that way FOREVER when it comes to sifting through wordy articles, and I felt so defeated. I now have tools for how to overcome my feelings of inadequacy about not loving to read journal articles any longer, and how to sift through them without so much overwhelm. I can't wait to read the articles you included in this series!”
“Thank you so much for creating this workshop! It really helps me feel less afraid of looking at actual research studies and taking a wholistic approach when applying clinical research to practice.”
“I work in a SNF as an SLP. I feel pressured to get in my ‘minutes' and to keep my productivity high. This course has helped me realize I need to slow down and take time w/families and patients to set goals that are priority to them. I also will be implementing use of more PROMs, (already googling them to download) and have been using FOIS in my dysphagia assessments; and will be cognizant of the latest EB therapy methods. Thank you for reigniting increased passion for what we do!
In just four hours, I’m going to help you understand how to connect with your patients, improve their outcomes, earn more respect, and increase your career fulfillment by following the evidence-based practice model …and ensure that you feel confident handling any patient that comes your way.
Ready? You know you’re looking to uplevel your career and feel confident with every patient you encounter… the best news? This works whether you’re a brand new grad or a 40 year veteran. This field is constantly changing and evolving and so should *YOU*!
Who is Theresa Richard?
I founded a Mobile FEES Company where mobile fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) studies were administered to thousands of patients in over 100 skilled nursing facilities in four states.
Over the years I have helped over 80 medical SLPs start and grow their own mobile FEES companies, and supported 90 other SLPs in advancing their careers and accomplishing their professional goals.
My podcast, “Swallow Your Pride” debuted at #11 on iTunes in the Science and Medicine category and has accumulated over 3 Million downloads.
I'm the founder and CEO of the Medical SLP Collective, a monthly membership that provides online continuing education to over 6,000 medical speech pathologists.
The recent release of my new book for patients with dysphagia called “So You’re Having Trouble Swallowing,” was an Amazon and Barnes & Noble best seller.