Why Pay for your SLPs CEUs?

When Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) follow evidence-based practices (EBP), we ensure that clients are receiving the best care possible.  As managers and employers of SLPs, you can help your SLPs get access to the best EBP information available.

Providing your SLPs with access to EBP will…

  • Improve SLP confidence when treating clients
  • Improve outcomes for the clients at your clinic
  • Ensure that your clinic provides the BEST possible therapy

 

And funding continuing education for your SLPs will help you accomplish just that!  But sorting through the options of possible providers can be daunting.

 

Comparing Options for Employer-Funded CEUs:

In case you’re not familiar with me, I am Carrie Clark.  I’m a speech-language pathologist and I run one of those CEU programs, The Speech Therapy Solution.  Today I will compare my program with the other options available.  My aim is to provide an un-biased look at this different programs by presenting you with the pros and cons of each.  But please note that I obviously do benefit financially from purchases of The Speech Therapy Solution and so it is impossible for me to be completely impartial.  I do hope this information will be of benefit all the same, even if you choose a different service than my own.  I just want you to be able to make an informed decision, even if my solution is not right for your business.

Today I’ll show you the 6 options that I see used most often.

Description:

As mentioned before, this is the program that I created specifically to support my fellow SLPs.  This was created for SLPs, by SLPs.  Purchasing this package for your SLPs will not only get them the continuing education they need, but it will also support them with their tough cases and day-to-day therapy needs.

Our team answers questions from your SLPs all week long so that they get the answers and ideas they need to get unstuck and get back to therapy.  When SLPs work in a collaborative network, they feel more confident in what they’re doing and have more strategies in place to help their clients succeed.  And when they have evidence-based practices at their fingertips, they are able to make use of the best possible therapy practices based on current research.

Purchasing The Speech Therapy Solution for your SLPs is more than just CEUs.  It’s CEUs plus personal support so they can be happier, more confident, and more productive.  Stand out from your competition by having the highest quality support for your SLPs!

TSTS Pricing:
3-6 SLPs: $200/user/year

7-14 SLPs: $150/user/year

15+ SLPs: $100/user/year

TSTS Pros: TSTS Cons:
Personal Support – The support community answers questions all week long so your SLPs can get the help they need quickly Only a handful of the hundreds of training videos have been registered for ASHA CEUs so far, but more are coming!
1 New CEU per month, enough to meet the 30 hours per 3 years requirement (ASHA).  SLPs can watch live or watch the recording for up to 12 mos after Lack of the face-to-face interaction with peers that you get at a conference
Hundreds of Training Videos on various topics of speech-language pathology, on demand whenever they need help  Currently no option for listening to recordings of webinars as audio-only (must watch the video presentation)
Worksheet Library: Hundreds of print-and-go therapy activities will save planning time so therapists can see more clients  Fewer different presenters than some of the other options.  Presentations are prepared by the SLK Staff SLPs
SLP Community: Your therapists get the support and help they need to be happier and more productive  Only covers pediatric side of our profession, not working with adults
SLP Survival Kit: We’ll help your therapists put together their own, individualized survival kit that will help them plan and run sessions in a jiffy
Discounts: Help your SLPs feel supported even more with discounts on other SLK products as well as products from our partners
Live Video Conference Training for Your Team: Our team will help get your team up to speed on using the system with a live video conference training

Click Here to Learn More about The Speech Therapy Solution

2. Send Your SLPs to the National Convention (ASHA)

Description:

Each year, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) puts on a convention of epic proportions.  It’s pretty much the “gold standard” of speech-language pathology conventions.  They definitely go all out and bring in some excellent speakers and presenters.  But that convention comes at a hefty price.  Not only is it expensive to attend the convention at all, but they usually host them in large cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, etc.  It is therefore also very pricey to stay at the hotels near the convention and to fly in and out of the city, depending on your location.

While your SLPs are sure to get some fantastic information by attending one of ASHA’s conventions, you’ll pay quite a bit to get them there and back and once it’s done, it’s done.  There’s no continued support like you’ll find in The Speech Therapy Solution or other memberships.

ASHA Pricing:
$455 Per SLP Per Convention + Travel and Lodging
ASHA Pros: ASHA Cons:
Top-Notch Presenters are brought in to give a wide breadth and depth of information to the SLPs Traveling to and from the convention takes a lot of time and money.  It can be hard for an SLP to miss that much work.
Lots of Topics are covered during the convention, making it easy to customize your learning during the event The SLP gets a lot of information in a very short amount of time. One can get information overload very easily.
Access to Vendors: ASHA always attracts a large group of vendors and SLP companies that will expose SLPs to other products and services that may be useful  No additional support after the convention is over.  You get the information and that’s it.
In-Person Learning: Some SLPs prefer to get their information in person as opposed to learning online.  Everyone learns differently so this may appeal to some  SLPs are limited to the specific topics being presented that year.  If they topic they really need info on is not there, they won’t get it

Click Here to Learn More about the National Convention

3. Send Your SLPs to a State Convention

Description:

Much like the larger national convention, each state typically offers a speech-language pathology convention each year as well.  However, these are often on a smaller scale than ASHA.  Some of the larger states, like Texas, offer very large conventions.  Other states are much smaller with a much more limited range of topics and presenters.  However, being local, this will definitely cost you less money than sending your SLPs to the national convention (ASHA).

 

 State Convention Pricing:
$200-400 Per SLP Per Convention (depending on the state) + Travel and Lodging
State Convention Pros: Cons:
Less Travel than ASHA (usually) Still will need to travel some and be away from work for a few days.
Several Topics are covered during the convention so that learners can improve knowledge in multiple areas The SLP gets a lot of information in a very short amount of time. One can get information overload very easily.
Access to Vendors: Most state conventions will offer some vendors to purchase additional materials and services from  No additional support after the convention is over.  You get the information and that’s it.
In-Person Learning: Some SLPs prefer to get their information in person as opposed to learning online.  Everyone learns differently so this may appeal to some  SLPs are limited to the specific topics being presented that year.  This typically includes fewer topics than the national convention or the online services.

Click Here to Learn More About Your State

4.  SpeechPathology.com Membership

Description:

Moving back away from the in-person events, there are more options online.  The service available through www.speechpathology.com is a CEU-only membership service.  Your SLPs will get unlimited access to all of their CEU courses, which includes quite a vast library!  At the time of writing this review, they currently offer 350+ online CEU courses in over 25 topic areas.  The SLPs also have the option to consume them in a variety of formats including live participation, watching the video recording, and listening to an audio recording (for select titles).

Since this service offers so many different CEU offerings, it is great for getting a large amount of CEU hours done in a shorter amount of time.  It definitely has more CEU courses right now than The Speech Therapy Solution (TSTS), though TSTS has many shorter training videos that have not been registered for ASHA CEU credit right now.  This service also doesn’t offer the ongoing support and materials library that TSTS does.

 

 SpeechPathology.com Pricing:
$99 per SLP, per year.  Bulk pricing may be available by contacting them directly
Speechpathology.com Pros: Cons:
No travel!  All CEUs are provided online  No individualized support: All information is presented in group learning sessions (webinars).  There is no availability for answering day-to-day questions
Many Topics Covered No support community: SLPs are learning on their own, not connected into a networking group
Can Get Many CEU Hours: Their whole library has been registered for ASHA CEU credit No materials library: While some presentations may include handouts, there is no bank of materials for ready-to-go therapy sessions
Many Different Presenters and Experts: They bring in many different presenters to share expertise  Lack of the face-to-face interaction with peers that you get at a conference

Click Here to Learn More About SpeechPathology.com

5. MedBridge Membership

Description:

MedBridge is another fantastic company offering online continuing education for speech-language pathologists.  Not only do they offer a full range of ASHA CEU courses (hundreds, according so their current marketing), but they also have some patient education handouts and materials.  MedBridge also includes information about the medical and adult side of speech-language pathology that you won’t find included in The Speech Therapy Solution (which focuses solely on therapy with children).  Again, there’s no ongoing support piece where SLPs can ask questions and get individualized assistance (like with TSTS), but the CEU webinars are top notch and they have an impressive range of topics.

 

 MedBridge Pricing:
Reg. Price $320/year per SLP for premium individual plan; can do bulk memberships with 5+ members but need to call for individual pricing based on what features you want
MedBridge Pros: Cons:
No travel!  All CEUs are provided online  No individualized support: All information is presented in group learning sessions (webinars).  There is no availability for answering day-to-day questions
Many Topics Covered No support community: SLPs are learning on their own, not connected into a networking group
Can Get Many CEU Hours: Their whole library has been registered for ASHA CEU credit No materials library: This service does have a patient education section but I don’t see any mention of actual therapy materials or games that are designed to be used during sessions with children
Many Different Presenters and Experts: They bring in many different presenters to share expertise  Lack of the face-to-face interaction with peers that you get at a conference
Strong Emphasis on the Medical and Adult Side of SLP  No option for audio-only learning style

Theresa Richard SLP has an excellent review of MedBridge with more information (plus a discount if you go through her affiliate link).

Click Here to See Theresa’s Review of MedBridge!

5. Reimbursing Your SLPs for Each Course They Take

Description:

Let’s not forget that there is another option for paying for your SLPs’ continuing ed, and that is to reimburse them for each individual course or CEU offering that they take.  This is clearly going to offer you the most individualization because the SLP can pick exactly what he or she needs to learn more about.  The downside of course is that you’ll pay more per CEU hour than you would with one of the unlimited or all-access memberships.  You’ll also have more hassle and paperwork than paying one yearly payment and calling it good.  But there are plenty of options through companies like Northern Speech and your SLPs’ state organizations and associations for finding specific courses or workshops that will meet their needs.

 Per Course Pricing:
$25-200+ Per Course/Workshop, depending on what it is
Per Course Pros: Cons:
Highly Individualized: SLPs can hand pick exactly what courses they need or want.  No ongoing support after the course is over
SLP Can Pick Based On Their Learning Style:  They can choose if they do in-person or online No support community: SLPs are learning on their own, not connected into a networking group
Better if you only have a few dollars to spend: You can find cheaper courses but your price per CEU hour will be higher No materials library: Some courses will include handouts or materials but not a full library
 More expensive per offering
 More paperwork and hassle for you and the SLP to request reimbursement for each one

How to Choose:

It may seem daunting to choose between these options.  I always recommend speaking to your SLPs directly to see what they are interested in.  Please feel free to share this information with your SLPs.  In addition, I (Carrie Clark) am available to speak to you directly on the phone about whether The Speech Therapy Solution would be a good fit for the SLPs in your organization.  Please use the link below to set up a call with me!

Set Up an Inquiry Call with Carrie
Or, Click Here to Learn More about The Speech Therapy Solution