What Does a Doctoral Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Bring to Speech-Language Pathology Programs? In this paper, I will describe the potential contributions of interdisciplinary studies combining speech-language pathology and rehabilitation counseling in the preparation of future speech-language pathologists (SLPs). I will provide a brief introduction to the field of rehabilitation counseling and consider it from an SLP’s perspective. Next, I will describe some ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2012
What Does a Doctoral Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Bring to Speech-Language Pathology Programs?
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  • Joseph P. Agan
    University of Arkansas
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Article   |   October 01, 2012
What Does a Doctoral Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Bring to Speech-Language Pathology Programs?
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2012, Vol. 15, 63-69. doi:10.1044/ihe15.2.63
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2012, Vol. 15, 63-69. doi:10.1044/ihe15.2.63

In this paper, I will describe the potential contributions of interdisciplinary studies combining speech-language pathology and rehabilitation counseling in the preparation of future speech-language pathologists (SLPs). I will provide a brief introduction to the field of rehabilitation counseling and consider it from an SLP’s perspective. Next, I will describe some of my own personal experiences as they pertain to the intersecting cultures of work and disability and how these experiences influenced my practice as a master’s level SLP eventually leading to my decision to pursue a doctoral degree in rehabilitation counseling. I will describe the impact of this line of interdisciplinary study on my research and teaching. Finally, I will present some arguments about why concepts relevant to rehabilitation counseling are important to the mindset of SLPs.

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