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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Jena H. Casbon, MS CCC-SLP is a private practice consultant who helps SLPs, OTs and PTs start their own private practices. She is the author of two books: The Guide to Private Patients and The Guide to Creating a Web Presence For Your Private Practice and an online course, Grow Your Private Practice.