Broaden your Speech and Language Therapy horizons: Fun and engaging CPD activities

30 Jun 2023Resource

As a Speech and Language Therapist, you know that staying on top of your game is essential for providing top-notch care to service users. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is like the secret sauce of your career, ensuring you stay well-versed with the latest research, techniques, and best practices.

In this article, we've put together a varied mix of CPD activities tailored for Speech and Language Therapists, so you can have a great time while sharpening your skills!

1. Get social at conferences and workshops

Who says learning can't be fun? Professional conferences and workshops offer a brilliant opportunity to learn from leading experts, all while enjoying a cuppa and a chat with fellow therapists, now that things are back in person again. Keep an eye out for events that focus on engaging topics, such as innovative therapy techniques or creative intervention strategies.

2. Become an online course connoisseur

Platforms like Coursera, Udemy, and FutureLearn let you explore the world of speech and language therapy from the comfort of your favourite armchair. With a multitude of courses on offer, you can deep dive into fascinating subjects, like augmentative and alternative communication or bilingualism, with the cat on your lap.

3. Webinars and virtual events: Learning in your PJs

With webinars and virtual events maintaining their popularity, you can engage with new ideas and techniques without leaving your home. Put on your comfiest slippers and tune in to expert-led sessions on topics like dysphagia management or phonological awareness.

4. Join the club: Professional associations

Becoming a member of professional associations, such as the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), is like joining an exclusive club with fabulous perks! You'll gain access to a wealth of resources, including exclusive CPD opportunities, research materials, and networking events that will make you the talk of the town.

5. Collaborate with colleagues: Peer supervision and mentoring

Two heads are better than one, right? Team up with fellow therapists through peer supervision or mentoring relationships to exchange experiences, insights, and the occasional therapy-related joke. You'll both grow professionally, and who knows, you might even make a new best friend! And yes - it all counts as CPD, even if you don’t get a certificate from it!

6. Unleash your inner Sherlock: Conduct research

Put on your detective hat and dive into a research project or publish an article on a topic that piques your interest. Not only will you contribute to the field of speech and language therapy, but you'll also satisfy your inner curiosity and have some fascinating dinner party conversation starters.

7. Embrace the digital age

Utilise digital tools like Julia Can Help to simplify the process of recording, reflecting, and reporting your CPD activities. With your CPD management taken care of, you'll have more time to focus on honing your skills - and your personal life!

8. Stay informed with entertaining podcasts and blogs

Who said keeping up-to-date has to be dull? Tune in to captivating podcasts and blogs related to speech and language therapy to stay informed about the latest industry news, research, and trends. You'll gather valuable insights and inspiration from across the profession. You can find resources like this here.

Spice up your CPD journey with a medley of fun and engaging activities, and you'll soon become the speech and language therapy aficionado you've always aspired to be!

By embracing various learning opportunities and utilising digital tools, you can create a delightful CPD experience that supports your professional growth and enhances the care you provide to your service users.

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