What is the Northwest Center for Fluency Disorders Interprofessional Intensive Stuttering Clinic (NWCFD-IISC)?
2020 clinic: Monday July 27 – Saturday August 8, typically from 9am – 5pm daily.
The NWCFD-IISC is a collaborative effort between the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Department of Counseling at Idaho State University. The clinic seeks to treat the multidimensionality of the stuttering syndrome with Speech Language Pathologists and Counselors working together to co-treat the holistic needs of client who stutter through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Overt stuttering will be treated by speech-language pathology second year graduate students under the supervision of certified professionals, using individualized methods based client preferences for conscious control of altering motor speech production. Associated domains of stuttering will be treated by both Speech Language Pathology and Counseling graduate students and professionals using psychoeducation, individual, and group therapy methods. Not only does this program benefit individuals who stutter, it offers a unique opportunity for SLP and Counseling students to expand their skills in interprofessional collaboration.
The vision of the Northwest Center for Fluency Disorders (NWCFD) is to establish a global presence among the stuttering community and to develop a premier clinic and training environment for professionals interested in providing a holistic evidence-based treatment for individuals who stutter.
The mission for the NWCFD-IISC has three primary goals: Service to the client, training competent professionals, and to align with the Division of Health Sciences Core Values. The clinic aims to provide a holistic evidence-based treatment approach to clients who stutter, by efficiently and effectively treating both overt and covert aspects of stuttering. This collaborative approach to successful stuttering therapy will implement best practice strategies and provide a unique opportunity to apply clinically relevant practices. Lastly, the center aims to become a self-sustaining clinical, educational, and research entity with a focus on stuttering.
- To provide participants with holistic client-centered treatment and services by competent, ethical health care professionals
- To offer an interprofessional experience for students with the health sciences
- To offer adventure based and experiential learning activities in a naturalistic setting