Mind Matters: Setting the Stage for Satisfying Clinical Service. A Personal Essay

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What we as audiologists and speech-language pathologists believe about ourselves, others, and the world around us influences our work at least as much as our knowledge of audiology and communication sciences and disorders, according to speech-language pathologist Ellen-Marie Silverman, Ph.D.

A Fellow of the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association, she believes the more clearly we as practitioners perceive our personal core beliefs, which reside below the level of casual ...

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Overview

What we as audiologists and speech-language pathologists believe about ourselves, others, and the world around us influences our work at least as much as our knowledge of audiology and communication sciences and disorders, according to speech-language pathologist Ellen-Marie Silverman, Ph.D.

A Fellow of the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association, she believes the more clearly we as practitioners perceive our personal core beliefs, which reside below the level of casual awareness, the more effective we can be meeting clients' and caregivers' concerns. In "Mind Matters," she introduces a simple, straight-forward method for identifying deeply held personal beliefs that, if undetected, could repeatedly sabotage clinical relationships. Then she describes five basic beliefs about working as a clinician that lead to highly skilled service.

Examples and anecdotes drawn from her varied and extensive clinical and teaching experience showcase the value, ease, and challenges of applying these helpful beliefs to daily work in any environment. Dr. Silverman delivers this basic information in a mentor-friendly style to all intended readers, the student-in-training, the employed clinician, and the clinician planning to resume a career.

The practical focus with which she addresses this rarely addressed yet critical aspect of clinical work, i.e., detecting personal core beliefs, makes "Mind Matters" a unique contribution to clinical preparation and development.

Dr. Silverman reminds us that the relationship we as practitioners foster with clients and caregivers is our most important tool. Identifying personal core beliefs which form the infrastructure for professional relationships and selecting and cultivating beliefs that encourage maximal growth of clinical partners contributes greatly to experiencing a satisfying, effective, and long-lived career.

This book will occupy a central place in your professional library.

Dr. Silverman is also the author of "Mindfulness & Stuttering: Using Eastern Strategies to Speak with Greater Ease," "Relief From Stuttering: Laying the Groundwork to Speak with Greater Ease," and "Jason's Secret," a middle reader novel about a 10 year-old boy taking his first constructive steps to resolve his stuttering problem.

***Also available as a Kindle ebook.***

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Reviewer: Linda Jacobs-Condit, AuD, CCC-A(George Washington University)
Description: The author discusses her belief that it's important to discover one's personal core beliefs in order to become an effective clinician in this book, much of which is a revision of previously submitted articles or presentations. While there are anecdotal clinical vignettes in each chapter, many of them are simply modified from one chapter to the next.
Purpose: The author's goal is to share what she learned about self-knowledge/self-reflection as a means to developing and/or improving clinical practice. The premise is based on understanding one's personal and professional core beliefs in order to identify and understand clients' grievances, concerns and/or fears.
Audience: Although the author does not specify her audience, it appears that this book is intended to be used by clinicians in any/all phases of their careers, from students to long-practicing clinicians. The author has master's and doctoral degrees in speech-language pathology, as well as post-doctoral training in developmental psycholinguistics. She also has undertaken training in transactional analysis and is an ASHA fellow, with more than 40 years experience as a practicing speech-language pathologist.
Features: Her book is based on a paper she presented in 2006 at the 9th Annual International Stuttering Awareness Day. Using her training in transactional analysis, she presents an account of why and how to identify and analyze one's personal core beliefs to improve clinical practice. She notes that this knowledge then enables speech-language pathologists or audiologists to act with empathy (rather than sympathy) toward their clients, and to include these clients in the decision-making process toward change. Each chapter includes several clinical vignettes, many of which are reworded repeats of those from earlier chapters.
Assessment: I had significant difficulty becoming engaged with this book. The author approaches this book (and its contents) as grandparents might share personal life stories with children and grandchildren.
From The Critics
Reviewer:Linda Jacobs-Condit, AuD, CCC-A(George Washington University)
Description:The author discusses her belief that it's important to discover one's personal core beliefs in order to become an effective clinician in this book, much of which is a revision of previously submitted articles or presentations. While there are anecdotal clinical vignettes in each chapter, many of them are simply modified from one chapter to the next.
Purpose:The author's goal is to share what she learned about self-knowledge/self-reflection as a means to developing and/or improving clinical practice. The premise is based on understanding one's personal and professional core beliefs in order to identify and understand clients' grievances, concerns and/or fears.
Audience:Although the author does not specify her audience, it appears that this book is intended to be used by clinicians in any/all phases of their careers, from students to long-practicing clinicians. The author has master's and doctoral degrees in speech-language pathology, as well as post-doctoral training in developmental psycholinguistics. She also has undertaken training in transactional analysis and is an ASHA fellow, with more than 40 years experience as a practicing speech-language pathologist.
Features:Her book is based on a paper she presented in 2006 at the 9th Annual International Stuttering Awareness Day. Using her training in transactional analysis, she presents an account of why and how to identify and analyze one's personal core beliefs to improve clinical practice. She notes that this knowledge then enables speech-language pathologists or audiologists to act with empathy (rather than sympathy) toward their clients, and to include these clients in the decision-making process toward change. Each chapter includes several clinical vignettes, many of which are reworded repeats of those from earlier chapters.
Assessment:I had significant difficulty becoming engaged with this book. The author approaches this book (and its contents) as grandparents might share personal life stories with children and grandchildren.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439229316
  • Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/9/2009
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen-Marie Silverman earned her M.A. and a PhD in Speech Pathology from the University of Iowa. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in developmental psycholinguistics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, she joined the university's Institute of Communications Research as a research associate and worked in academia for fifteen years, during which time she became a faculty member at Marquette University and The Medical College of Wisconsin. She later trained as a transactional analysis counselor.

Dr. Silverman has published extensively in professional journals and has presented at local, state, national, and international meetings. A Fellow of the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association, she returned to full time clinical service in 1985.

She founded and operated TSS - The Speech Source, Inc., a multi-faceted staffing service that provides temporary occupational, physical, and speech therapy services.

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