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Developing a Culturally Responsive Practice in Gender-Affirming Voice Services (PD102781)

Presenter(s): Ruchi Kapila, MS, CCC-SLP
Course Description

Focusing on the perspectives of transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) individuals and communities, this session explores ways SLPs who currently—or aspire to—provide voice and communication services to TGNC individuals can better meet the holistic needs of this client population. The presenter discusses ways to critically analyze evidence-based practices, implement principles of trauma-informed care in goal-writing and session cultivation, and provide additional resources to TGNC clients experiencing multiple barriers to care. The session addresses identifying and integrating community-led resources and recommendations, collaborative models for co-creation of goals and session targets, and a system for accountability to foster continued learning.

This course is a recorded session from the 2023 online conference "Keys to a Successful SLP Private Practice."

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DEI Professional Development Requirement

This course counts toward the ASHA certification maintenance professional development requirement for DEI (which encompasses cultural competency; cultural humility; culturally responsive practice; and diversity, equity, and inclusion). See more courses that count toward this requirement or read more about professional development requirements for certification maintenance.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Identify three or more TGNC community-led resources to facilitate continued learning and cultural responsiveness in providing gender-affirming voice care
  • Describe three or more applications of trauma-informed care principles in the areas of evaluation, goal-writing, session design, and/or home program implementation in private practice
  • Explain three or more actions SLPs may take to potentially circumvent barriers TGNC clients experience when seeking gender-affirming voice training and/or care

Presenter Information

Ruchi Kapila, MS, CCC-SLP (they/she) is the sole proprietor of Kapila Voice and Speech Services in Hayward, California, providing speech and singing voice services as a speech-language pathologist, NCVS-trained vocologist, and singing voice specialist with a gender-inclusive lens. In addition, they provide private singing voice instruction as a voice teacher. They are a frequent presenter and educator on gender-affirming voice care and intersectional cultural responsiveness in speech-language pathology, with previous presentations at ASHA, Northwest Voice, and Sin City Laryngology. She is a founding member of Trans Voice Initiative, a volunteer organization advocating for the training, community, and advocacy by and for trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) speech-language pathologists. They also serve in a research role for the newly founded Disability Caucus, a ASHA Multicultural Constituency Group dedicated to the inclusion, advocacy, and service of professionals and students with disabilities in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. She is a contributor to CREDIT institute, a course series on critical topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion by AC Goldberg, PhD.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
  • Sole proprietor and SLP of Kapila Voice and Speech Services
  • Paid content contributor for CREDIT Institute

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Founding member and organizer of Trans Voice Initiative
  • Member and research role in the ASHA Multicultural Constituency Group The Disability Caucus

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by November 7, 2028.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: Online conference dates: May 10–22, 2023, September 6–18, 2023
Start date: November 7, 2023
End date: November 7, 2028

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102781
Available Through: November 07, 2028