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21/10/2021 Study Day Video is live on our website!

It was wonderful to see over 100 of our members were able to join us and Professor Vivian Sisskin to discuss the Social Model of Disability and it's application to Stammering Therapy on Thursday last week. It was a really interesting study session and one with lots of food for thought and clinical impact. If you were not able to attend but would like to listen to the talk, it is now available in the members area on our website: https://www.dysfluencycen.co.uk/studydayvideos If you have not yet signed up for membership and want to view the video, please head to the membership page to sign up for your 12mth subscription. This video will be available on the website for 3mths and so will be accessible until 25/01/2022 at which point it will be removed. If you would like to start a discussion with other members about this topic or any other topic, please head to the chat forum on our website and share your thoughts: https://www.dysfluencycen.co.uk/membersforum Save the date for our next study day which is currently being planned and will be on 22nd February 2022. Enjoy and take care!

AGM Summary Oct 2021

Thank you to all our members who attended the 2021 AGM meeting today (21/20/2021) at the beginning of our study day meeting. As promised here are the committee member reports to give you an overview of all the wonderful work that has been going on with the CEN over the last year. If you have any feedback/questions related to the AGM please get in touch at nationaldysfluencycen@gmail.com.

Booking is now open for Feb 22nd 2022 Study Day - Working with Functional Neurological Symptoms

Debbie Mason is a specialist Stammering SLT and is currently Clinical Lead for the regional NHS Adult Stammering Service at North Bristol Trust. Until 2020 she was joint Clinical Lead for the Paediatric Stammering Service in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Debbie is also a Hypnotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner with trainings in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. She weaves these approaches through her work with clients with Functional Neurological Symptoms (FNS) to help them uncover the resources they need to be well. Debbie is currently doing a project on Best Care Pathways for SLT Clients with Functional Neurological Symptoms at North Bristol Trust. North Bristol Trust is home to the Rosa Burden Centre, a specialist regional centre for the assessment and treatment of people with FNS and has inpatient and outpatient programmes. Debbie is particularly interested in the “Positive Intention” behind symptoms and has used this principle to help clients resolve symptoms. This study day will aim to explore: Terminology – Functional / Psychogenic. Are we clear what we mean? Current Evidence Base – What do we know? Assessment and Diagnosis Therapy – What Works? Resources Client stories. Debbie can share stories of clients with successful outcomes. Please bring stories of any clients with successful outcomes that you would like to share. We will have break-out rooms so that SLTs can discuss their own thoughts and experiences. We will also be hearing from Dr. Jennifer Chesters on her findings from a Covid Project. Jennifer is a Senior Research Associate in the BSLTRU, and a Speech and Language Therapist and Neuroscientist by background. She completed a Psychology degree at the University of St. Andrews, where she developed an interest in the neural basis of communication. She went on to qualify as an SLT in 2008, through the Speech and Language Sciences MSc course at UCL. She has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in Learning Disability, Forensic Mental Health and Dysfluency services. The day will run from 09:30 - 15:30 online through ZOOM and will include tea/coffee breaks and a lunch break. The day will be recorded and the video will be available for CEN members to watch on the website for 3 months afterwards. Book your place now on our website www.dysfluencycen.co.uk

Committee Vacancies

We have been so blessed having Oli Cheadle and Rachel Everard on the NAT CEN committee for the last 3/4 years doing a superb job at organising study days and handling our finances. It's time for them to step down from the committee which means we have some vacancies and are very excited to welcome some new members on to the team. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a supportive, like-minded group of people. It is an opportunity to learn from each other, to network and to prioritise some CPD time. All of us, without exception, would say that the experience has been valuable and good fun. What roles are available? There are two roles available from September 2021: Study Day Coordinator: Oli Cheadle’s term is due to come to an end in September 2021. There are three Study Day Coordinators on the committee, each of whom organises one Study Day per calendar year. Our current Study Day Coordinators, Ali Berquez and Steph Burgess, will remain in post and will work alongside you to organise the upcoming study days. Responsibilities: Planning and organising study days following input from members and the committee; Organising venues/online platforms; Organising speakers including travel and accommodation (where applicable); Negotiating payment for speakers (with support from Committee); Advertising study days (flyer); Welcoming speakers and introducing them on the day; Ensuring events run to time; Collating and evaluating feedback; Organising ‘thank you’ tokens (where applicable). Treasurer: Rachel Everard’s term as Treasurer is also due to come to an end in September 2021, leaving a vacancy. Some previous experience is helpful but is not a requirement. Rachel will provide a detailed handover and explanation of all CEN documents and processes to the new Committee member. Responsibilities: Monitoring membership/study day fees; Paying expenses and speakers’ fees; Keeping accurate and up-to-date accounts; Providing receipts as required; Sharing financial information as required. What is the commitment? Committee membership is a 3 year role, which will add to your professional profile, CV, and CPD. There are two Committee meetings per year and in addition each Committee member is requested to submit an end of year report summarising activity within their area. Travel to attend the committee meetings is funded by the CEN (depending on finances available) and a subsidy may be requested to attend the study days to ensure that there are enough of the Committee there to facilitate the day. Recently, as you may be aware, the CEN has moved meetings and Study Days to an online platform, which has allowed us to cut costs. How do I apply? If you would like to apply, please submit a brief statement to Kevin Fower via email at info@stammerspecialist.com before 1st September 2021, summarising in no more than 500 words your professional background, the role you are applying for, and why you are interested in the role. Submissions will then be reviewed by the committee, with a final decision expected before the end of September 2021. If there is more than one applicant for each post, the Committee will be asked to vote on the basis of these applications. If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please call me on 07966 599984 or email me at info@stammerspecialist.com Best Wishes, Kevin Kevin Fower Chair National Dysfluency Clinical Excellence Network

Did you hear about our amazing book offer? You don't want to miss out!

Have your seen our Members Forum?

We have launched a members only area on our website and part of this is a members forum where members of NAT CEN with an active paid membership subscription can ask questions, make comments, share ideas, discuss clinical supervision (with respect to confidentiality) and get to know one another. It's a fantastic resource for you all and one that has been highly requested in previous CEN feedback. Head on over to the Members Area --> Members Forum to introduce yourself and post your queries to receive feedback and support from the rest of the CEN members.

ISAD 2021 - NATCEN

International Stuttering Awareness Day is upon us, giving us the opportunity to highlight the key issues around stammering and stammering therapy. We have seen a welcome wave of media exposure, from Felicity Baker’s excellent BBC programme to therapists’ appearances on the morning news and the afternoon radio, a special edition in RCSLT’s autumn Bulletin, and many exciting projects and events lined up for ISAD. More and more dialogue can only lead to positive change. So, where does the National Dysfluency CEN sit within all of this? I think our role is a fundamental one. With 276 members last year, over a hundred people regularly in attendance at our Study Days, and outstanding international speakers and researchers such as Ross Menzies, Kathleen Scaler Scott, and Vivian Sisskin, the CEN committee is working hard to provide a platform for the continued development of our knowledge and expertise. Our roles and responsibilities allow us to work and live in a way which aligns perfectly with this year’s ISAD logo: ‘Speak the change you wish to see’. This year’s ISAD is a time for action but also a time for personal reflection. As with everything, the more voices there are, the more change we will see. I would like to thank the current National Dysfluency CEN Committee for their continued hard work, their dedication, and for their generosity with their time over the past year. All posts on the CEN committee are voluntary, yet the CEN is achieving amazing things thanks to a collective effort. Here is to another great year.

New edition of SIGNAL Magazine now available - #ISAD2021

Our wonderful SIGNAL magazine editor, Kirsten Howells, has put together the Autumn 2021 edition of our CEN magazine publication - SIGNAL. We are sharing it with you today in celebration of International Stuttering Awareness Day #ISAD2021. This issue covers topics including: Online groups for children who stammer The Social Model of Disability and how it relates to Stammering Some book/resource reviews Latest news from Stamma and ASC And so much more! The magazine, and previous editions of SIGNAL, are available in the members area of the website. If you are not a member but would like to be able to read the publication, you can sign up for 12mths membership on our website www.dysfluencycen.co.uk. We hope you enjoy it! The magazine is for CEN members only so please don't share it with non-CEN members. Thank you.

New website launch - 09/21

We are very excited to launch our updated website which has easy access to all our of membership benefits and a new colour scheme/logo. We hope you enjoy exploring the new website and that it is a positive experience when joining the CEN, paying for membership and registering for study days. If you have any feedback or spot any teething issues please let us know via the contact page. Enjoy! Julia Henly National Dysfluency CEN Communications Officer

October 2021 Study Day

The Social model of Disability and its application to Stuttering Therapy
with Professor Vivian Sisskin Date: Thursday 21st October 2021
Time: 13.30 to 17.00 (GMT)
Venue: live-streamed via Zoom
Speaker: Professor Vivian Sisskin (afternoon speaker from 2pm)
Cost: Included in the 12mth CEN membership subscription

Overview of the presentation

Changing notions of disability, and rejection of historical views of “normalcy” have challenged traditional practices of speech-language therapists for their neurodivergent clients. The gradual shift from viewing stuttering through the lens of a medical model of disability (the problem lies within disordered speech) to a social model of disability (the problem lies within the barriers imposed by society) has changed our definition of stuttering, the ways we characterize that lived experience, and our valued therapy outcomes.

This workshop will provide insight into the complexities of how physical and socio-emotional struggle intensifies as young stutterers react to a society that stigmatizes stuttering. Vivian Sisskin will provide a therapy framework demonstrating that acceptance and change are not only compatible, but can lead to spontaneous, comfortable, confident, differently-fluent communication. To book you place, head to the events/news --> study day page on our website.

Update on current committee vacancies - check it out!

Dear Members, Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of our team! There are two vacancies arising on the National CEN Committee. The CEN currently has over 250 members from the UK and overseas, our highest membership for a long time. Increased membership means that the CEN is in a strong financial position, and over the coming year we are going to be finding exciting ways of using this money for the benefit of our members. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a supportive, like-minded group of people, who are keen to support speech and language therapists across the country to increase their knowledge and skills. Being part of the CEN committee allows you to learn, to network, and to prioritise some valuable CPD time. All of us, without exception, would say that the experience is hugely valuable. Which roles are available? There are two roles available from September 2021: Study Day Coordinator: There are three Study Day Coordinators on the committee, each of whom takes the lead in organising one Study Day per calendar year with support from the other two. Our current Study Day Coordinators, Ali Berquez and Steph Burgess, will work alongside you to help you settle into the role. Responsibilities: Planning and organising study days following input from members and the committee; Organising venues/online platforms; Organising speakers including travel and accommodation (where applicable); Negotiating payment for speakers (with support from the Committee); Advertising study days (flyer); Welcoming speakers and introducing them on the day; Ensuring events run to time; Collating and evaluating feedback; Organising ‘thank you’ tokens (where applicable). Treasurer: While some previous experience is helpful, it is not a requirement. Our current Treasurer, Rachel Everard, will provide a handover of the documents and processes to the successful applicant. Responsibilities: Monitoring membership/study day fees; Paying expenses and speakers’ fees; Keeping accurate and up-to-date accounts; Providing receipts as required; Sharing financial information as required. What is the commitment? Committee membership is a 3 year role, which will add to your professional profile, CV, and CPD. There are 2 half-day Committee meetings per year and in addition each Committee member is requested to submit an end of year report summarising activity within their area. Recently, as you may be aware, the CEN has moved Committee meetings and Study Days to an online platform, which has allowed us to cut costs and which has resulted in a significant increase in members. Previously, financial support was available for travel to attend at Committee meetings. How do I apply? If you would like to apply, please submit a brief statement to our Chair, Kevin Fower, via email at info@stammerspecialist.com before 1st November 2021, summarising in no more than 500 words your professional background, the role you are applying for, and why you are interested in the role. Submissions will then be reviewed by the committee, with a final decision expected before the end of November 2021. If there is more than one applicant for each post, the Committee will be asked to cast a vote on the applications received. Please feel free to distribute this email around your local SIGs, CENs, and colleagues. I look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please call Kevin on 07966 599984 or email at info@stammerspecialist.com If you have questions specifically about the role of Treasurer, please feel free to contact Rachel Everard directly on 07930 325533 or at raeverard@gmail.com If you have questions specifically about the role of Study Day Coordinator, please feel free to contact Alison Berquez directly at ali.berquez@nhs.net Many thanks,
Kevin. Kevin Fower
Chair
National Dysfluency Clinical Excellence Network

Vivian Sisskin Study Day - Notes from the Zoom Chat

We saved all of your questions and comments that were asked in the ZOOM chat during the study day we had, with Professor Vivian Sisskin, on the Social Model of Disability and it's application to Stammering Therapy. Please click on link below to download a copy of the chat feed.