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Donation-Based University Clinics: Strategic Considerations for CSD Programs

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Donation-Based University Clinics: Strategic Considerations for CSD Programs

Monday, May 13, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

University speech-language pathology (SLP) programs have unique responsibilities to provide clinical training to graduate SLP students while also providing ethical care to clients- including financial obligations. This webinar will discuss some considerations such as balancing student knowledge of billing insurance with the capacity and staffing to bill and collect fees while also considering the mission of the University clinic and community impact.

Learning Objectives

  • Compare and contrast the features of donation-based clinic models
  • Identify at least 3 different approaches to establishing and operating a donation-based university clinic.
  • Analyze the strengths, opportunities, weaknesses, and threats (SWOT) of establishing a donation-based university clinic

Webinar Cost

CAPCSD Member $25.00
CAPCSD Affiliate Member $35.00
CAPCSD Non-Member $35.00

Time Ordered Agenda

1:00 - 1:05 PM ET Introduction (5 minutes) Overview of the webinar objectives and importance of donation-based university clinics in SLP programs.
1:05 - 1:15 PM ET Understanding the Need for Donation-Based University Clinics (10 minutes) Discussion on the unique responsibilities of university SLP programs in providing clinical training while ensuring ethical care. Examination of financial obligations and ethical considerations in traditional clinic models.
1:15 - 1:30 PM ET Exploring Donation-Based Clinic Models (15 minutes) Comparison of features and benefits of donation-based clinic models. Case studies showcasing successful approaches to establishing and operating such clinics
1:30 - 1:50 PM ET Strategies for Establishing and Operating Donation-Based University Clinics (20 minutes) Presentation of three different approaches to establishing and operating donation-based university clinics. Practical tips for navigating challenges such as staffing, billing, and community engagement.
1:50 - 1:55 PM ET Analyzing SWOT of Donation-Based University Clinics (5 minutes) Breakdown of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats associated with establishing and operating donation-based university clinics. Discussion on how to mitigate weaknesses and capitalize on strengths.1:55 - 2:00 PM ET Q&A Session (5 minutes) Open floor for participants to ask questions, share experiences, and seek clarification on any aspect of the webinar content. Conclusion and Key Takeaways (5 minutes) Recap of key points discussed during the webinar. Encouragement for attendees to implement learnings in their respective SLP programs and communities.


Treasyri Williams Wood, SLPD, CCC/SLP

Willwood Consulting Services PLLC.

Dr. Treasyri (pronounced "treasure") Williams Wood, is a native of metro-Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI with a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and later earned a Master of Science degree in Communicative Sciences & Disorders from Hampton University in Hampton, VA. Treasyri then obtained a Clinical Doctorate in Speech Language Pathology (SLPD) from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Dr. Williams Wood specializes in teaching topics related to neural bases of communication. She enjoys educating fellow professionals, community members and graduate students. She is passionate about developing person-centered interventions for individuals with voice, swallowing, cognitive and communicative deficits.
Financial: Relevant Financial Relationship: Salaried employee of Willwood Consulting Services PLLC. Honorarium recipient -Council on Academic Programs for Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Non-Financial: Relevant Non-financial Relationship: Board Member at Large, American Speech-Language and Hearing Association

Emily Buxbaum, MS CCC-SLP
Saint Louis University

Emily Buxbaum is Director of Clinical Education in the Saint Louis University Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences department. In that role, she oversees the operations of the Reinert Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, a no-fee community clinic on the SLU campus. In addition to oversight of the campus clinic, and all external clinical placements, Emily is also a member of the SLU Transgender Health collaborative and provides gender-affirming voice and communication services, training students in this area of practice. Her research interests are professional preparation of grad students in CSD, supervision in clinical education and clinical preparation of students across the health sciences to competently work with trans and gender diverse populations.


Financial: Emily receives a salary from Saint Louis University. No other financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial: Emily is a member of CAPCSD, ASHA, and serves as the VP for Legislative Affairs for the Missouri Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Kelly Gillespie, M.S., CCC-SLP

Elmhurst University

Kelly Gillespie, M.S., CCC-SLP is the clinic director at Elmhurst University. She received her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees from Marquette University. At Elmhurst, she oversees undergraduate and graduate student clinical education both on- and off- campus and manages the organization and scheduling of all students and clients at the Elmhurst University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, a donation-based university clinic. She provides clinical supervision to graduate students and teaches both undergraduate and graduate clinical courses.

Financial: Employed by Elmhurst University Receiving an honorarium for this presentation
Non-Financial: Member of ASHA and ISHA

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