With Interprofessional Practice (IPP) currently a hot topic across clinical disciplines, the recent joining of forces between The Speech Pathology Group and Bright Path Therapists comes at an opportune time. We are primed and excited to be leaders in the push for interprofessional practice, collaboration, and education.
What a resource we have in each other!
How might our multidisciplinary offerings improve services to students, clients and partner organizations? How might we as clinicians benefit from this union? Here are some insights from our team members across disciplines:
“This partnership only strengthens our ability to offer top-notch services and trainings across disciplines – speech-language, OT/PT, behavior, and school psychology. By joining forces, we can collaborate on multidisciplinary professional development trainings for our partnering school districts, offer interdisciplinary resources for teachers and school staff, and broaden the scope of services that we can provide throughout California.
An SPG-BPT partnership also aligns with ASHA’s Envisioned Future: 2025 initiative to further Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, a key concept of which is, “fostering a transdisciplinary professionalism (IOM, 2013; Holtman, Frost, Hammer, McGuinn, & Nunez, 2011) – that is, acculturating students and professionals across disciplines to a common vision, including adopting professional values that align with collaborative, team-based care”. Check out this link to learn more about it.
SPG and BPT are like-minded in many ways. One of the most important is a shared belief in the mentorship and support of our team members. This partnership allows us to expand upon the professional growth opportunities that we already offer, such as the CLD, behavior and AAC special interest groups (SIGs). Perhaps an Interprofessional Collaborative Practice SIG is in our future?”
– Jenny Ogar, M.S., CCC-SLP, VP of School-Based Services
” I’m excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with other professionals for a number of reasons. I see joining forces across disciplines as the best way to ensure optimal treatment outcomes for our students and clients. I mean, the students we work with don’t just struggle with SPEECH, or BEHAVIOR, or MOTOR issues, it’s typically a combination of two or more major areas.
Additionally, I am always eager to know more about the rationale behind why other professionals recommend or utilize a particular approach or treatment, and I see this as an incredible learning opportunity. Working together, instead of in isolation, gives us the opportunity to not only be better as professionals, and as treatment teams, but to model that this is possible for other professionals as well.”
– DeAnna Mercier Glass, M.Ed., BCBA, Clinical Supervisor
“We offer a caregiver support group at SPG and what I hear from so many families is they are feeling overwhelmed, and some to the point that they choose not to schedule a particular therapy appointment because they are spread too thin.
Having access to multiple professionals under one umbrella, where families can potentially utilize therapeutic services in one location (or at the very least with fewer vendors) will only help support best practices for coordination of care. We want our families to get the highest quality of care with all of their therapeutic services, and we truly believe that bringing together professionals having high professional standards will only benefit our families in the end.
Professionally, it is a very exciting time because we are looking at growth opportunities with our clinic and home based services. This will allow our therapists to have access to other professionals for collaboration and to be truly mindful of the whole child, while taking more of a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment.”
– Jill Walson M.S., CCC-SLP, VP of Clinics
“Over the last few years, AOTA has discussed Interprofessional Practice as a way to improve client outcomes. One of the core competencies of interprofessional practice is having shared values and ethics between professionals, while maintaining individual professional standards and responsibilities.
As The Speech Pathology Group and Bright Path Therapists develop a new partnership, we have an opportunity to build on the shared values and ethics of both companies to form a foundation for interprofessional practice. Each individual discipline has expertise in different clinical areas, but has a shared goal of providing excellent therapeutic service.
Through learning from other disciplines and sharing our individual therapeutic lens it will enhance our ability to provide meaningful intervention to the children and families we serve. It will also allow for professional growth and mentoring among and between disciplines which can build exceptional therapists.”
– Julia Evans, M.A., OTR/L Senior Clinical Supervisor