Jena H. Castro-Casbon, MS CCC-SLP is a private practice consultant, author, teacher, entrepreneur, mentor and mom. She's the founder of The Independent Clinician and spends a lot of time in the SLP Private Practice Beginners Facebook Group.
(I'm coming to the realization that I'm wearing too many hats...)
Most of my SLP friends also feel like they are wearing too many hats and choose to take the hope and opportunity that comes with a new year to regroup and refocus.
When I asked members in The SLP Private Practice Beginners FB Group to share their intention words for 2018, the results were refreshing.
Given that this is a group of private practitioners, it wasn't surprising to see Action Words like:
When I took a look at the full list of words however, I noticed that the most common intention words could be easily divided into a few different categories...
This List Isn't Just About Private Practitioners... It's About Where Speech-Language Pathologists Are
What started out as a fun post in a Facebook group taught me a lot about where speech-language pathologists are right now...
Speech-language pathologists are eager to make a difference (action words) but are overwhelmed and overworked (balance words) and are longing for calm in their life storms (peaceful words) and to feel more powerful when it comes to getting it all done (confidence words).
As of this writing, over 8,300+ speech-language pathologists have found their way to The SLP Private Practice Beginners Facebook Group because they are seeking more clinical freedom, balance and control over their financial lives than their "regular" settings can provide.
Speech-language pathology is not just a profession but a calling. We are called to help people but often lose sight of helping ourselves.
As we head into the new year, I urge you to: take action, find balance, build confidence and make peace no matter which setting you work in.
You got this.
Happy New Year!
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If you're on Facebook, you should consider joining the most popular speech therapy Facebook groups.
Facebook groups have become an excellent way to collaborate with fellow clinicians to share information, ask for advice, commiserate, share funny stories, etc.
While some groups are quite large with a huge cross section of SLPs from different areas of practice (ex. Speech Pathologists at Large)...
Other groups are much smaller and represent unique niches, like those interested in starting a speech therapy private practice (ex. SLP Private Practice Beginners.)
Here are 20+ groups to consider joining. Let me know in the comments if I've left any out!
Jena H. Castro-Casbon, MS CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist, private practice consultant and member ASHA and the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology.
She started her own speech therapy private practice in 2006. She is the founder of The Independent Clinician and author of The Guide to Private Patients, The Guide to Creating a Web Presence for Your Private Practice and Grow Your Private Practice. Since 2008, she has helped thousands of clinicians get the flexibility, income and freedom they desire from starting their own private speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy practices.
Jena is the admin for "The SLP Private Practice Beginners Facebook Group"
Lori Melnitsky, MA CCC-SLP, has been an ASHA certified and NYS licensed speech/language pathologist for over 20 years and has helped hundreds of children, teens and adults in her diverse professional lifetime. She has completed advanced training in Lidcombe stuttering, MPI Stuttering, feeding, PROMPT, Orton Gillingham and the Barton Dyslexia Course. Lori served as a consultant to the children's show Arthur of an episode on stuttering. Click here --> http://www.allislandspeech.com/index.php) to learn more about All Island Speech and Stuttering Therapy.
Elizabeth Schwartz obtained her Master's Degree in Communication Sciences from Hunter College, CUNY in 1992. She began her career in Speech-Language Pathology by helping children with a variety of speech and language disorders and delays. She later spent several years training and supervising new speech therapists and helping them achieve independence in their chosen career. She has always been fascinated by languages and is proficient in Spanish. She has traveled on five continents, which has broadened her view of communication across cultures.
Learn more about Liz and her private practice on the Better Speech Now website OR "Like" the Better Speech Now Facebook Page OR
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