International Workshops and CEU opportunities for SLPS

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Dominican Republic: Immersive Workshop on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity for slp

Join us June 22-27th, 2023. Earn 2.0 ASHA CEUs (20 hours) through hands-on presentations, visits to historical and cultural sites, and interactions with people and the local languages.

This program is a collaboration between the internationally recognized innovators at Bilinguistics and the award-winning study abroad program facilitators at Therapy Abroad. Speech-language pathologists will have an opportunity to travel to the beautiful north shore of the Dominican Republic and explore new places, cuisines, cultures, ways of living, and approaches to supporting individuals with disabilities. This 5-Day program offers 20 hours of continuing education and addresses all of the competencies in cultural and linguistic diversity outlined by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and many more competencies that will advance your cultural humility.

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The total program fee is $2,500 and includes transportation to and from the *airports in Puerto Plata (Airport Code: POP), and Santiago (Airport Code: STI), local transportation to all program events, hotel (double occupancy), breakfast, lunch, and snacks at the conference, and all cultural events included in the program. The remainder of the program fee will be collected 60 days prior to travel. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us at 949-423-6165 *Transportation from POP and STI is included. If you prefer to fly into the capital city of Santo Domingo (Airport Code: SDQ) transportation to/from the airport will be at your own expense.

Join us in Cabarete, Dominican Republic June 22-27, 2023

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It's Time to Travel Again. It's Time to Learn More About Each other. It's Time To Grow Your Network of Globally-Minded & Growth-Oriented Colleagues

Per ASHA (2020), developing cultural competence is a dynamic and complex process requiring ongoing self-assessment and continuous expansion of one’s cultural knowledge. It evolves over time, beginning with an understanding of one’s own culture, continuing through interactions with individuals from various cultures, and extending through one’s own lifelong learning. Cultural competence is increasingly important to eliminate long-standing disparities in the health status of people based on racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds

Cultural humility goes beyond cultural competence. It is a dynamic and lifelong process focusing on self-reflection and personal critique, acknowledging one’s own biases. This program seeks to help professionals grow through an immersive, relevant, and impactful experience.

Coursework is designed to bridge theory and practice, providing evidence-based practical tools that you can immediately put to use in your practice as a speech-language pathologist while broadening your cultural perspectives and experiences. 

Our workshops are packed with video case studies, discussion points, and opportunities for active learning. Below is an outline of the courses. Part of the day will be spent in the classroom focusing on coursework in cultural and linguistic diversity. The rest of the day we will apply information from our coursework with culturally relevant and enriching activities, including the work with our community partners, local schools, and non-profit organizations while learning about local culture, religion, and customs.

Webinar What? Zoom Who? Wouldn’t you rather earn up to 20 hours of CE in a single week? In places like Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Thailand?

Attendees will receive a Certificate in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity that covers the information you need to confidently diagnose and treat diverse populations and provides all the CEUs you need for your 2-year earning period. Enjoy all that the country has to offer -food, culture, and amazing activities. Here is a snapshot of what we will be doing.

Immersion in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

THURSDAY

  • Arrival to Cabarete
  • Welcome to Conference, Overview and Goals

FRIDAY

  • Speech-Language Evaluations with Students who Speak a Language You Don’t.
  • Language and Cultural Influences in the Dominican Republic
  • Free afternoon to explore the rich cultural heritage of the local area, enjoy the ocean, and connect with your colleagues

SATURDAY

  • Difference or Disorder for Speech
  • Hands-on Case Studies to Determine Speech Sound Disorders
  • Education in the Dominical Republic presentation at Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM)
  • Ecotour – Sustainable Living tour in La Loma, Cabarete (topography, fauna, native ecology, learn about sustainable food project, learn how different local foods are made and try them)

SUNDAY

  • Difference or Disorder for Language
  • Hands-on Case Studies to Determine Language Disorders
  • Cultural exchange, lunch and meetings with Batey Libertad Learning Center
  • Tour of Pre-school learning center, introduction to literacy and ECCE pedagogy, and community-based projects and teacher training program.

MONDAY

  • Dynamic Assessment
  • Analyzing Speech and Language Samples and Dynamic Assessment Results to Create Treatment Plans for Bilingual Students
  • Educational Lunch with our community partner at DREAM
  • Professional exchange between SLPs, teachers, and community members

Program Pricing and What's Included

The total program fee is $2,500 and includes transportation to and from the airport in Puerto Plata, or Santiago, local transportation to all program events, hotel (double occupancy), breakfast, lunch, and snacks at the conference, and all cultural events included in the program.

Space is very limited and will be on a first-come basis. Previous workshops have sold out in 2-3 weeks.

Here’s how to get started:

Follow the link below register and pay a $500 deposit.

Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive a detailed email from Therapy Abroad, including information on flights, traveling with friends & family, and how to prepare for your trip. You will book and pay for your flight to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (airport code: POP) separately.

Important Note:

Safety is a systematic and comprehensive process and we understand that safety concerns are a part of planning for any overseas travel. As such, we have made safety our highest priority. We have organized this program from beginning to end so that we can account for all of the details. Our goal is to provide you with a smooth and worry-free educational travel experience and portal for professional development.

Program price includes:

  • Pre-Departure Support
  • 24/7 In-country Support
  • Beach Side 3 Star Accommodation (2 Bed Shared)
  • Most Meals
  • All domestic Transport
  • Private Guides
  • All coursework
  • Professional Facilitators
  • All Activities listed in the Schedule
  • 20 Hours of ASHA CEUs
  • Certificate in Cultural & Linguistic Diversity

What’s Not Included:

  • International Flights to POP or STI
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single Supplement (Private) Room + $500
  • Friends and Family Price =$1,750

Can my partner, friends, or family come along? Travelling with someone who is not a speech-language pathologist? Friends and family can attend for $1,750 USD and get transportation to and from the airport, lodging, some meals, and the opportunity to participate in cultural activities with you.

Is there a refund policy and what about COVID? Therapy Abroad has held events during and since the pandemic. They choose countries that have been hyper-vigilant about health and safety because of their dependence on tourism. We are confident this trip will be a success. If it is cancelled, you are guaranteed a full refund.

FAQs

Everything except international flights, travel insurance (optional), and a few meals.

Yes! Friends and family members are welcome. After you register you can let us know how many people will be joining you and if they will require their own room or will share with you. Non-program guest will pay $1,750. This includes everything in the itinerary that is not part of the CEU programming

Local accommodations will be a 3-star beach side hotel with western-style showers, toilets, and facilities. Located on the beach in the heart of  Cabarete, the accommodation is within walking distance to dozens of restaurants, markets, coffee shops, shopping, etc.

Bilinguistics reports courses to ASHA within 45 days of the end of the event. As an example, if your course ends at the end of July, your courses will be reported to ASHA no later than mid-September.

.1 ASHA CEU is equal to one hour of professional development.

Participants will be provided a link and code to obtain their certificates on the last day of the program.

All participants are required to attend 7 of the 10 activities in order to receive partial credit.

If you attend all events you will receive 20 ASHA CEUs. 

No, we will have excursions, workshop with community partners, visit local historical sites, enjoy activities that will all earn CEUs as well.

No, we will tour facilities and have the opportunity to speak with people who work there, but we will not provide any direct therapy services.

No, we will discuss assessment and intervention as it relates to monolinguals and bilinguals who speak a range of languages.

The Certificate in CLD is a way for you to show your employers and clients that you have taken courses that address the ASHA competencies in Cultural and Linguistic diversity.

Questions About Covid-19

Therapy Abroad has developed a comprehensive risk management plan for every country we travel to and specifically for this program. In 2021 we were able to successfully run our student programs without incident by following these safety guidelines and with cooperation from our local partners. We were also awarded the top safety award by GoOverseas. We know that Covid isn’t going anywhere anytime soon but we are not letting that stop us from managing safe, responsible travel programs

At Therapy Abroad, we also believe that we are all part of a global community and that we have some shared responsibilities as part of that community. Our programs are all about people –working with people, helping people, sharing ideas with people, and learning from people. Thank You

DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Ellen Kester, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Dr. Ellen Kester is the owner of Bilinguistics and receives a salary. Bilinguistics receives royalty payments for online courses. DISCLOSURE OF NONFINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Ellen Kester does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Scott Prath, M.A., CCC-SLP is a salaried employee of Bilinguistics. Bilinguistics receives royalty payments for online courses. DISCLOSURE OF NONFINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Scott Prath does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

Cabarete, Dominican Republic
We have included beach front 3-star accommodations, steps way from markets, shops, and restaurants.
Beach Front Accommodations at top 5 Beach
Families Welcome
Shared or Single Rooms
Enjoy the Rich Culture & Food of the DR
Explore the Local Music & Dance
Activities Designed with Care by Local Partners
Earn CEUs in an Inspired Way
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