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In this episode, you’ll hear three SLPs reflect on their experiences and learnings since grad school. Have they stayed on the career paths and in the settings they expected? Do they practice the same methods and techniques they learned in school? How do they feel about participating in Continuing Education, and adopting or adapting new learnings and skill sets? How do they now personally and professionally manage the “savior complex” and wanting to fix people? Do they now find themselves as SLPs working with different interdisciplinary teams that all play a part in therapy?
Discussion & Reﬂection Questions
- Where did you intend to work after completing grad school, and are you there now?
- Has your skill set developed and expanded over time, and if so, in what ways?
- Is the way you interact with children and/or adults different now than how you were taught at grad school?
- Do you see yourself as a fixer, a savior, or someone that contributes to a wider team?
- What other professional roles do you engage with regularly – OTs, PTs? ABAs?
- Do you participate in regular Continuing Education?
“I love taking a CE because I feel super refreshed coming back to work after. However, you should never ever go and take a course and then only do that approach.”
Amy, Brittany, and Katie are three speech-language pathologists with over 30 years of combined experience in various settings ranging from pediatrics to adults. Having met in graduate school, the long-distance friends have shared the ups and downs of life including their most recent venture; The Cup of Council Podcast.
“Yeah, you get your degree, and that’s awesome. But I think I was under the impression that once you become a Speech Therapist, it’s like “Great! I’m a Speech Therapist!” Done! No matter how long you’ve been in this field, it is a lifelong learning lesson. You will constantly learn new things, and you will evolve, and you’ll try to do new things.”
All three friends are born and raised Midwesterners and live with their respective husbands, dogs, and kids. Currently, Amy works in early childhood including home-based services and parent coaching. Katie is currently in a pre-school where she can see her boys every day, and Brittany is in a pediatric hospital setting.
The Cup of Council Podcast brings together women, moms, friends, SLPs, therapists, and many more to talk about topics that are fun, difficult, emotional, and fulfilling. Episode topics range from their girls’ trips, speech-language-feeding development, guest interviews on a variety of topics, and just all around hilarious conversations you don’t want to miss. Come fill your cup with them anywhere you get your podcasts!
“Learning how to coach another grownup, and how to work as a team. I think that those are skills that take time to develop, ”
Amy, Brittany, and Katie have no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
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Mattie Murrey Tegel, MA, CCC-SLP, L, CPC, CLSC
Medical Speech-Language Pathologist and Founder of Fresh SLP
Mattie Murrey-Tegels is the founder and SLP behind Fresh SLP and The Missing Link for SLPs Podcast. She’s been “in-the-trenches” as a medical SLP around the world for over 25 years and now an Assistant Professor for 3 years. She is thrilled to be adding this dream of a podcast because paying her experiences forward is something she is very passionate about. If you ask her patients and students, one thing they will remember is how much she loves her job! She may not look like it but she is a huge introvert and when she is not actively working as an SLP, she is almost always reading, writing (writing over 1,000,000 words a year), or listening to amazing Chicago Blues bands. She also loves being outdoors and definitely enjoys soaking up the sun at her home in Minnesota, where warm and sunny days can be limited. She’s ridden motorcycles for many years, raced sled dogs, hiked huge mountains yet she cherishes the quiet moments of climbing into a hammock to nap or timeless conversations with friends and family.
The Missing Link for SLPs podcast and Fresh SLP is her legacy, giving back to a career that has so richly rewarded her.
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