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Counseling in Speech–Language Pathology

The primary task of Speech–Language pathologists is to help clients learn the skills necessary to establish more effective communication. This includes transferring new behaviors from clinical to natural environments and maintaining those behaviors over time. To accomplish these goals, Speech–Language pathologists frequently use a range of techniques that have their roots in counseling and psychotherapy. This entry asks whether Speech–Language pathologists should act as counselors and what that means in Speech–Language pathology. It also addresses the goals of such counseling, when it is needed, how effective it is, and why Speech–Language pathologists should engage in counseling.

Should Speech–Language Pathologists Engage in Counseling?

Counseling is within the scope of practice for Speech–Language pathologists. Despite this, many Speech–Language pathologists are hesitant to engage in counseling because they feel that ...

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