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Course Description and Learning Outcomes

As clinicians we are trained to work with our clients, but often do not receive explicit training in counseling, self-care, or other components of the deep, emotional work that comes along with treating communication disorders.  In this episode we had the great pleasure of welcoming Dr. David Luterman, professor Emeritus from Emerson College, who has committed his career to educating speech pathologists and audiologists, teaching us how to embrace the emotional realm, create empowering client relationships, and practice self care. You can learn more about Dr. Luterman here.

For us this conversation felt profound.  It’s a topic that we have revisited throughout our careers and continues to evolve and change based on where we are in our lives and our ever changing professional experiences.  We hope you walk away from this conversation with as much to think about and process as we did.  

  1. Identify and define at least two features of successful counseling 

  2. Identify at least two common mistakes made by clinicians that are barriers to an effective counseling relationship

  3. Identify and describe the importance of support groups


Course Presenters

David Luterman, Ph.D

Dr. Luterman is a well-known teacher, researcher, author, consultant, and lecturer. He is a specialist in the hearing-impaired and in counseling. His books include Counseling the Communicatively Disordered and their Families, Deafness in Perspective, Deafness in the Family, When your Child is Deaf, In the Shadows: Living and Coping with a Loved One's Chronic Illness, The Young Deaf Child, and Early Childhood Deafness (with Ellen Kurtzer-White). Dr. Luterman has presented many lectures and symposia around the world. He is a fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association and recipient of the Frank Kleffner Clinical Achievement Award (2011). David Luterman

SLP/BCBA; SLP Kate Grandbois (she/her) & Amy Wonkka (she/her

Kate and Amy are co-founders of SLP Nerdcast. Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA who works primarily as an "AAC Specialist." She owns a private practice with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, augmentative alternative communication intervention and assessment, and consultation. Amy is an SLP who also works as an "AAC Specialist" in a public school setting. Amy's primary interests are AAC, typical language development, motor speech, phonology, data collection, collaboration, coaching, and communication partner training and support.

Speaker Disclosures

Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast. Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG. 

Amy Wonkka financial disclosures: Kate is an employee of a public school system and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast.  Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

David Luterman financial disclosures: Dr. Luterman is professor Emeritus at Emerson College.  David Luterman non-financial disclosures: Dr. Luterman is a certified member of ASHA and an audiologist. He is also the author of numerous books on counseling,

Time Ordered Agenda

10 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

20 minutes:  Descriptions of the definition of counseling and the different features of a successful counseling relationship

15 minutes:  Descriptions of common mistakes often made by clinicians

10 minutes:  Descriptions of the importance of social skills groups

5 minutes: Summary and Closing

References and Resources

Holland, A. L., & Nelson, R. L. (2018). Counseling in Communication Disorders: A Wellness Perspective 2nd Edition (3rd ed.). Plural Publishing, Incorporated.

You can find additional writings by Dr. Luterman on the Emerson College website:


The contents of this episode are not meant to replace clinical advice.  SLP Nerdcast, its hosts and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during our episodes unless otherwise stated.  We are NOT PhDs, but we do research our material.  We do our best to provide a thorough review and fair representation of each topic that we tackle.  That being said, it is always likely that there is an article we’ve missed, or another perspective that isn’t shared.  If you have something to add to the conversation, please email us! We'd love to hear from you!


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Kristina McCallum-Keeler

Dr. Lutterman is one of the most inspiring and deeply thoughtful humans to listen to. All SLPs & Auds should listen. He has humor, advice and kindness ...

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Dr. Lutterman is one of the most inspiring and deeply thoughtful humans to listen to. All SLPs & Auds should listen. He has humor, advice and kindness in everything he teaches.

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