SHAV Advocacy Training Webinar: Where to Begin?
(Available until November 28, 2018)
This event is free for students and professionals and is available for ASHA CEU Credits
Darlene D. Robke, MS, CCC-SLP, SHAV Past President
BioDarlene D. Robke is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) with more than 25 years of clinical and administrative experience. She received her Bachelor of Arts in speech and communication sciences from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received her Master of Science from East Carolina University in speech language and auditory sciences. She has also completed the certification program in assistive technology at George Mason University. From 1994-1998, Darlene worked as a traveling SLP where she provided services in various settings and geographic locations throughout the United States. She has been a rehabilitation manager in skilled nursing and assistive living facilities in Manassas. Darlene was also the interim director of Special Education and the coordinator of Student Support Services for Manassas Park City Schools. She has also provided school-based and early intervention services in northern Virginia. She is a certified EI Provider and has completed the Northern Virginia Master Coach Training. Darlene serves as the professional development manager for ASHA Special Interest Group 11, Administration & Supervision and she is also a member of Special Interest Group 16, School-Based Issues. Darlene is currently a regional director for EBS Healthcare. She greatly enjoys providing mentorship, training and support for speech-language pathologists throughout the Southeastern United States.
Tamara Freeman-Nichols, PhD, CCC-SLP, SHAV, Vice President for Governmental and Professional Affairs
BioDr. Tamara L. Freeman-Nichols brings a unique blend of clinical, qualitative research, teaching, and administrative experiences to her positions as Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Hampton University. Tamara earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Mass Media Arts and a Master of Arts degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia. She continued her training at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia where she earned the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership. Tamara teaches undergraduate and graduate courses addressing language disorders, clinical observation, diagnostic methods, treatment methods, professional communication, and current issues in the field of speech-language pathology. Her research interests include cultural competence in service delivery, supervision and mentorship, and the role of speech-language pathologists in the delivery of academic support for adult learners in institutions of higher education (IHEs).
David Bailey, SHAV Lobbyist
BioDavid Bailey is the lobbyist for SHAV. For 25 years, David Bailey and Associates has developed and maintained effective working relationships with legislators and executive branch elected and appointed officials on all sides of the political spectrum. Bailey and Associates are also the co-founders of the Virginia Association of Professional Lobbyists, a non-profit association which has been formally commended several times by the Virginia General Assembly for developing both a Code of Conduct and Standards of Professional Practice for lobbyists working in Virginia. In addition, they also publish a quarterly political affairs and public policy magazine, Virginia Capitol Connections, which features articles on important public policy and political issues written by leading legislators, executive branch officials, political scientists, lobbyists, and other noteworthy persons.
Grassroots advocacy can seem daunting to those who don’t know where to begin advocating. This webinar will seek to remove the mystery of grassroots advocacy. Participants will learn what grassroots advocacy is and how they may advocate to bring about meaningful change for the professions of speech pathology and audiology both in our state and nationwide. In addition, participants will learn the difference between legislative and regulatory advocacy in our state. Video excerpts will be used to illustrate Virginia delegates and staffers in action during committee meeting(s), interviews and a question and answer session. This advocacy training webinar will provide participants with methods, strategies and resources that will help them communicate effectively with policymakers.
Learner Outcomes: At the conclusion of this event, participants will be able to:
- Learn two benefits of grassroots advocacy
- Differentiate between legislative and regulatory advocacy
- Identify two professional issues impacting our professions within our state as well as nationally
- Determine three methods/strategies for professional advocacy
- Identify two resources to become active in grassroots involvement
5 minutes – Introductions
25 minutes – Understanding grassroots advocacy, discussion of state and national professional issues
20 minutes – Videos: get to know the Capitol and Virginia legislators/staffers
30 minutes – Advocacy methods/strategies/resources
10 minutes – Q&A Session
This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Related Area)
Financial Disclosure: Darlene D. Robke has no financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Darlene D. Robke is the Past President for SHAV and receives no compensation for this role.
Financial Disclosure: Tamara Freeman-Nichols has no financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Tamara Freeman-Nichols is SHAV’s Vice President of Governmental and Professional Affairs and receives no compensation for this role.
Financial Disclosure: David Bailey receives financial remuneration as the lobbyist for SHAV.
Non-Financial Disclosure: David Bailey has no non-financial relationships to disclose.