Guiding Clinical Fellows Towards Independent Practice: Tips for Mentors

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Speech-language Pathology
Continuing education and professional development credits are no longer available for this course.

With the increased staffing challenges and need for school-based SLPs, it is important now more than ever to consider how an SLPs Clinical Fellowship Year can positively or negatively impact retention rates. This session will discuss how to move towards increasing retention of Clinical Fellows entering the work force by creating a positive school-based experience. Presenters will review the ASHA Clinical Fellowship Skills Inventory rating scale, discuss challenges faced by Clinical Fellows currently in school settings, discuss ways to foster a growth mindset and promote independent thinking as well as provide resources to help promote a positive Clinical Fellowship experience.

After attending this webinar attendees will be able to:

  • Describe current challenges faced by Clinical Fellows entering the school setting.
  • Define ASHA’s ratings (1-3) on the Clinical Fellowship Skills Inventory.
  • List a minimum of 3 ways CF Mentors can foster a growth mindset and independence in Clinical Fellows.

Catherine Yates, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BlazerWorks Speech Therapy Advisor

Catherine is a highly skilled speech-language pathologist who specializes in feeding and myofunctional disorders and supports students with childhood apraxia o speech. As a Speech Therapy Advisor, she enjoys assisting school districts in improving their processes, organizational structure, and workflow. She also empowers education professionals to implement the MTSS process effectively to support student success.

Catherine brings over 17 years of experience in speech-language pathology and leadership to the BlazerWorks team. In addition to school-based settings, she also has experience working in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practice, and early intervention. By leveraging her wide range of experience, she ensures that districts and therapists have the tools they need to create optimal communication results for their students.

Catherine earned her Master of Education in Communication Disorders from the University of Virginia and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University. Catherine holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed through the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

Disclosures Financial: Catherine Yates receives financial compensation as an employee of BlazerWorks.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Catherine Yates has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose


Larin Wilson M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech Therapy Advisor, BlazerWorks

Larin is a highly qualified speech-language pathologist specializing in preschool special education and supporting students with mild to moderate disabilities as well as those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. As a BlazerWorks Speech Therapy Advisor, she loves connecting with districts and therapists to collaborate, give guidance and help problem-solve with individual solutions. In particular, she thrives on equipping districts, therapists, and partners with the knowledge and tools they need to successfully work together and create the best learning environment possible.    

Larin joins the BlazerWorks team with over 18 years of experience as a contract speech therapist in Ventura and San Francisco, California, where she also served on the Ventura SELPA committee as a representative of the school district. More recently she provided speech services for children in preschool through 8th grade at a bilingual charter school in Camarillo, California. Having worked in contract positions during her career has helped her in her current role, as she is able to impart her knowledge to new professionals and district teams.    

Larin earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences and her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Indiana University Bloomington. Larin has her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a member of the California Speech-Language Hearing Association (CSHA). 

Disclosures Financial: Larin Wilson receives financial compensation as an employee of BlazerWorks.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Larin Wilson has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

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