As a speech-language pathologist (SLP), providing quality care to clients requires staying up-to-date with the latest research, techniques, and practices. To continue learning and growing in the field, SLPs must participate in continuing education (CEU) courses. Maintaining state licensure and national certification also requires completing CEU courses. While self-study CEU courses are available online, live SLP CEU courses offer the added benefits of engaging with experts, networking with peers, and learning new skills in real time. Live courses may also be a requirement to maintain licensure in specific states, e.g. California.
SLPs can find live CE courses through various resources, including professional organizations, online platforms, and state associations.
The following are some top places to find live SLP CEU courses:
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA offers a variety of live and recorded continuing education courses for speech-language pathologists. Their annual conference, live webinars, and smaller events are all places to earn live continuing education units (CEUs). If you want to obtain a large number of CEUs in a relatively short amount of time, the annual ASHA convention is a great place to start. Last time I went to an ASHA convention I had the opportunity to earn up to 24 hours of CEUs at the conference.
MedBridge.com is an all-access platform that offers a wide range of live and recorded continuing education courses for SLPs. With an annual membership, you have access to all of the course content and webinars. You can browse their course catalog of live webinars here. As a MedBridge member, I try to join a live course at least once a month.
SpeechPathology.com is another website that offers a variety of live webinars and recorded courses for a small annual fee. They have a wide range of live SLP courses. You can browse their live webinar library here.
Ciao offers live and recorded continuing education courses for speech-language pathologists. They tend to have longer courses that run for a full day or 2-day trainers. The staff at Ciao travel across the country for CE courses and may come close to you. They also have a home studio where they teach courses and stream the events live. You can browse their course offerings on their website and sign up for live courses.
PESI offers a combination of live courses, recorded courses, and live webinars. They also have traveling courses and traverse across the country teaching continuing education courses. As a traveling therapist, I found PESI courses close to almost everywhere that I worked, they even come to Hawai’i!
Speech Therapy PD
This website offers live and recorded continuing education courses for speech-language pathologists. You can search their course catalog for “upcoming courses” to see what live events are happening soon.
Your state speech-language pathology association
Many state associations offer live continuing education courses for speech-language pathologists. State association-sponsored courses have, in my opinion, been some of the better quality and affordable courses that I’ve attended as an SLP. Check with your state association (and join for discounts!) to attend courses.
One more thing
One last thing about CEUs. It’s important to ensure that any continuing education courses you take are approved by your state licensing board, depending on your requirements. While ASHA has a stamp of approval for approved CEU courses, they do NOT REQUIRE that courses you take are “ASHA approved.” However, your state board may have stricter continuing education requirements and may require that CEUs be state or ASHA approved for them to count.
Continuing education courses are a crucial part of professional development for speech-language pathologists. Live CE courses in particular can be a crucial part of learning as an SLP. It also may be required that you take live SLP CEUs for your state licensing requirements. There are various resources available to find live CE courses, including professional organizations, online platforms, and state associations.