Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

6pm - 8pm Central Time

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CE Course Overview

About Dine & Development Format Courses

speech IRL’s Dine & Development courses are designed to provide a learning experience in a collaborative, intimate, interactive environment. These courses feature 1-2 speakers presenting on a specific clinical topic, with active discussion, question, and contribution from audience members throughout. 

Course Content

This course introduces clinicians to the basics of affinity communities for clients from diverse populations, and how to connect speech therapy with community involvement for truly impactful therapy outcomes. This course is co-presented by two SLPs with experience in two very different communities, the stuttering community and the gender diverse community. The presenters will share their personal experience to identify similarities across affinity communities, where there are dynamics unique to specific groups, and how this is relevant for clinical practice. In addition to evidence-based research about community involvement and how to practically create these connections in a therapy environment, this event includes special discussion on the roles, boundaries, and opportunities for SLP allies who do not share the lived experience of the community they are serving. Ample time will be reserved for discussion and audience participation throughout. This event is open to professionals and non-professional community members. 

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to use the Common Factors model to explain why community connection is an essential component of therapeutic change, not just a "bonus" activity

Participants will be able to describe three levels of community connection that can be targeted in therapy, and give an example of at least one therapy activity within each level  

Participants will be able to describe the role and responsibilities of a professional ally in both a speech therapy context and a non-therapy communication context  

Time-Ordered Agenda

10 mins: Intros and Disclosures

15 minutes: Introduction to the Common Factors model and the case for community connection in a therapy context

25 minutes: How to bring community into speech therapy - 3 levels of participation

25 minutes: The role of the professional ally

15 minutes: Closing discussion


Katie Gore, MA, CCC-SLP is the founder and director of speech IRL, a speech therapy and communication consulting firm based in Chicago, IL. Katie’s clinical specialties are stuttering, executive function, social communication. In addition to working as a certified speech-language pathologist, Katie provides training and consulting to businesses and organizations on topics related to communication, diversity, and inclusion. Katie is an adjunct faculty member at Rush University where she teaches coursework in stuttering and fluency disorders. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Stuttering Association, and is the co-founder and current Community Outreach Chair for Shared Voices Chicago.

Michelle Roberts, MS, CCC-SLP is a clinician at speech IRL, a speech therapy practice and communications consulting firm in Chicago, IL. Her areas of specialty include gender affirming voice and communication, voice disorders, and professional/executive communication coaching. Additionally, she provides training and coaching to individuals on topics related to communicative diversity and gender based issues in workplace communication. Michelle also works as a speech-language pathologist/ voice specialist at Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center, where she works on a multidisciplinary team serving patients with voice and upper respiratory disorders.


Katie Gore, MA, CCC-SLP

Financial: Katie is an employee of and receives salary from speech IRL.

Non-financial: Co-founder and Board Member of Shared Voices, former NSA Board Member

Michelle Roberts, MS, CCC-SLP

Financial: Michelle is an employee of and receives salary from speech IRL.

Non-financial: None

Special Needs

Contact for any special needs requests.

Course Completion Requirements

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Related area).

You must attend this course in its entirety and complete the course evaluation for satisfactory course completion.

In the event a program is canceled or rescheduled, you will receive a full refund.

A purchased online course can be refunded by contacting within 30 days of purchase. The course materials must not have been viewed or downloaded. If you are not 100% satisfied with speech IRL’s continuing education services, please contact organizer Courtney Luckman at for a full refund.