Greetings from Boston, Massachusetts. I can't believe how this week has flown by! Tomorrow after another four hours of classes, role playing and other therapy practice, I will bid goodbye to my colleagues, my presenters and facilitators and take the train back to my home in New Jersey. While I will be happy to go home to my family and friends, my leaving will be bittersweet; I will miss my newfound co-workshop attendees or colleagues, whom I would like to think are also new friends. I will certainly leave as a more knowledgeable, well-rounded therapist.
This week I have been introduced to Solution Based Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and have gained further knowledge and skills in the area of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I have also learned a great deal about the Michael Palin Center Parent Child Interaction program (Michael Palin PCI). I can't wait to start using this program with children who stutter. I'm sure it will be great! I also realize that principles from Michael Palin PCI will also be useful for older children and adolescents who stutter, as well as individuals with other speech and language difficulties. I'm sure I can apply some of the principles I have learned this week to all aspects of my professional life.
We have been lucky to experience good weather this week, allowing us to really go out in the evening and explore other areas of the great city of Boston. Much as I miss my family and can't wait to see them, I will also miss the people I have met. I am very grateful to the presenters, Elaine Kelman and Alison Nicholas of the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children, as well as Diane Constantine, for all her help facilitating this workshop and taking care of our needs. I am incredibly grateful to Jane Fraser, president of The Stuttering Foundation, for giving me this opportunity.
Joanne Summer, MA, CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist based in Morristown, NJ, has helped hundreds of children improve their speech sound production and language skills. She founded Well Spoken Speech Therapy, LLC, in 2014 after spending 12 years providing therapy to children (K-5) in the New Jersey public school system. In private practice, her clients also include younger children and adolescents. In addition, she treats people of all ages who stutter or otherwise find it difficult to speak fluently—an area in which she has received extensive specialized training.