NJSHA offers live conferences which serve to meet the continuing education needs of speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

Annual Convention | Clinical Supervisors Virtual Workshop | Interprofessional Autism Conference (IPAC)


Clinical Supervisors Virtual Workshop

Clinical Perspectives for Providing Supervision via Telepractice
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm ET
Place: Live Online

Submit Your CEUs by May 27, 2020


Jennifer Drenchek-Cristiano, MA, CCC-SLP/L, received her masters degree in speech pathology from the University of Buffalo where she worked at the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Transfer focusing on AAC systems. She began her career working in a private school for students with complex communication needs. Jennifer then went to work with the Technology for Life and Learning Center ATEAM performing AT evaluations throughout the state of New Jersey. Jennifer started a private consulting business, Technology for Education and Communication Consulting, Inc, specializing in speech, AAC and AT in 2004. In 2018 Jennifer expanded her practice to include a Pediatric and Adult Speech Therapy Clinic in Williamstown, New Jersey called the South Jersey Speech Center. She has experience with students birth to 21 and specializes in integrating technology solutions into their educational plan. Jennifer has extensive experience working with students with complex communication needs including Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, and Autism. She has provided numerous trainings across the country on assistive technology, augmentative communication and technology in the field of speech pathology. Jennifer is an adjunct faculty member at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in the Health Sciences department where she has worked as a professor and clinical supervisor. Jennifer also collaborated with Stockton University to create an AAC program providing advanced training in the field for practicing SLPs.
As a result of the current pandemic, many speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and clinical supervisors have been asked to shift their treatment methodology from face to face intervention to that of virtual telepractice services. This dramatic and rapid shift has left many SLPs without the training or resources to adequately provide services to vulnerable populations of individuals with speech and language disorders. Students and supervisors in clinical training programs have had to adjust to new and increasing demands of telepractice services. This presentation will serve to support supervisors in understanding current best practice in the field of telepractice, as well as modifying supervision techniques and feedback to best meet the needs of this new service delivery model. Participants will review telepractice platforms, terminology, resources, methodologies and training for support personnel and families. Participants will also review best practice in the use of evaluation tools via telepractice platforms. Ethical considerations of this model of service delivery will be identified and applied to functional outcomes.

Learner Outcomes: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • identify telepractice platforms, features and functions that support supervision and therapy in the provision of speech and language services.
  • contrast various digital and non-digital therapy tools and methodologies to implement evidence-based decision making in the development of POCs.
  • demonstrate knowledge of parent and support personnel training needed to support telepractice sessions.
  • identify tools for providing telepractice speech and language evaluations.
  • apply applications to their therapy practice for the treatment of communication disorders using technology.
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Overview of Telehealth/Telepractice

  • Review telepractice platforms and features
  • Discuss HIPAA and FERPA guidelines as it relates to the pandemic response
  • Describe various models of service delivery terminology
  • Ethical considerations in decision making (ASHA Guidelines)
7:00 pm – 7:45 pm Providing structured support and supervision to graduate students implementing telepractice services

  • Creating structured sessions that support virtual therapy
  • Evaluating efficiency and effectiveness of virtual tools and strategies
    • Teach your supervisees how to evaluate virtual clinical tools
    • Finding pre-made resources and learning how to create custom content to maximize digital intervention tools
    • Know when to push the technology envelope and when to utilize traditional low tech evidence based speech strategies
    • Formulating feedback for pre-briefing and debriefing related to issues found in telepractice sessions
  • Aspects of parent coaching and training of support personnel
    • Surveying parents/guardians/caregivers to determine onsite materials that can be implemented in therapy
7:45 pm – 8:15 pm Telepractice and Standardized Testing

  • Availability of digital resources and tools
  • Clinical decision making in determining patients which can be effectively evaluated via virtual sessions
  • How to provide documentation in reports to support the use of virtual testing but account for non standardization in the delivery method
8:15 pm – 8:30 pm Questions and Answers

Open to those who have been a clinical supervisor within the past year or are interested in becoming a clinical supervisor this year.

NJSHA Member $30
Non-Member $50

Online Registration has closed. Email to register. Please make sure to provide a phone number when emailing for someone to call you back.

All registrants will receive confirmation by email.

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)
This course qualifies for the ASHA supervision requirement.

Presenter Disclosure:
Financial Disclosure: Jennifer Drenchek-Cristiano is receiving an honorarium from NJSHA for her presentation.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Jennifer Drenchek-Cristiano has no relevant non‐financial relationships to disclose.


Interprofessional Autism Conference (IPAC): Addressing and Managing Burnout and Stress-Related Behaviors That Interprofessional Teams May Encounter

2020 Interprofessional Autism Virtual Conference (IPAC) 
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2020
Time: 8:30 am – 4:15 pm ET
Place: Live Conference Online

Our Mission

  1. Promote the use of evidence-based interprofessional collaborative approach, which is rooted in the emergence of functional outcomes by engaging in a transdisciplinary approach to learning that incorporates the skills of different disciplines, strengthening and building the community of services, based on mutual respect for what each discipline brings to the table.
  2. Develop an Interprofessional Collaborative Resource Repository that makes resources available to professionals, healthcare service providers, educators, parents/caregivers, informing all of our practices and helping us develop the services needed for families and individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Educators
  • Board Certified Behavior Analysts
  • Audiologists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Teachers
  • Parents
The staggering increase of autism has led clinicians, special educators and parents to rapidly seek the latest evidence-based interventions and acquire the complex specialized skills required to address the unique learning and behavioral challenges facing individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (CDC, 2014; Christensen et al., 2016). Healthcare providers, clinicians (i.e., speech-language/occupational/physical therapists, behavior analysts, audiologists), educators and parents are challenged with the task of learning and implementing the specialized strategies, while promoting the transfer and generalization of the skills taught across settings (e.g., home, school, community), to achieve positive and functional outcomes in the lives of individuals diagnosed with autism. Professionals from different disciplines are bound to work together on a team to address the challenges they are faced with. Barriers and challenges may lead to stress related behaviors which may interfere with smooth transitions and may delay progress or interrupt the learner’s intervention program.

This Conference brings together distinguished professionals from different disciplines to inform on effective and evidence-based strategies to address and manage stress related conditions that clinicians and parents/families may experience when engaging in interprofessional collaborative practices. The Conference will highlight critical components required to address and manage stress related behaviors to enhance positive effective collaboration.

At the conclusion of this Conference, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the variables and conditions that contribute to stress behaviors
  • Identify effective strategies to address and manage stress inducing conditions
  • Describe effective strategies that prevent burnout and improve self-care
8:30 am – 8:35 am Opening Address
8:35 am – 9:35 am Judith Lucas, MD Prepare for Launch: Benefits to an Interprofessional Approach Throughout Childhood to Facilitate Transition to Adulthood for Individuals With Autism
(0.1 ASHA CEUs, Not eligible for BACB CEU)
9:35 am – 9:50 am BREAK
9:50 am – 10:50 am Rebecca Tagg, PsyD, MSCP, NCSP, BCBA-D
Bouncing Back From Burnout: Taking Care of Ourselves in Order to Take Care of Others
(0.1 ASHA CEUs, 1 BACB Type 2 CEU)
10:50 am – 10:55 am BREAK
10:55 am – 11:55 am Tracie Lindblad, MSc, SLP, MEd, BCBA Utilizing a Decision-Making Framework for Teaching Functional Communication Using SGDs When Working With Individuals With Autism
(0.1 ASHA CEUs, 1 BACB Type 2 CEU )
11:55 am – 12:55 pm BREAK
12:55 pm – 1:55 pm Deirdre Muldoon, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA-D
Jacqueline Dobres, MS, OT, R/L, BCBA
Working Together to Reduce Stress During Mealtime Intervention Planning: Parent Implemented Interventions in Feeding
(0.1 ASHA CEUs, 1 BACB Type 2 CEU)
1:55 pm – 2:10 pm BREAK
2:10 pm – 3:10 pm Tamara Kasper, MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA Designing Behavior Intervention Plans That Minimize Stress for Clients, Staff and Significant Others: Case Studies
(0.1 ASHA CEUs, 1 BACB Type 2 CEU)
3:10 pm – 3:15 pm BREAK
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Lina Slim-Topdjian, PhD, BCBA-D, CCC-SLP  (Moderator) Panel Discussion – Partnering in Collaborative Conversations to Addressing and Managing Stress That Interprofessional Teams May Encounter
(0.1 ASHA CEUs, 1 BACB Type 2 CEU)
4:15 pm ADJOURN

  • NJSHA Members: $100
  • NJSHA Student Members: $0
  • Non-Members: $125
  • Student Non-Members: $25
  • Parents (CEUs not available): $25

Payment Methods:

  • Checks payable to NJSHA and mail to 174 Nassau Street, Suite 337, Princeton, NJ 08542.
  • Credit card services are available. (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and AMEX).
  • Purchase Orders: Purchase orders are only accepted with the approved purchase order paperwork and attendee registration form. No registration forms will be accepted without an approved Purchase Order. Space will not be held unless all completed paperwork is received.

Registrants must be a current NJSHA member to register at the member rate.

Online Registration: (with credit card payment only)

Printable Registration Form

All registrants will receive confirmation by email.

Requests for refunds must be made in writing by emailing and received by May 27, 2020. A $25 administration charge will be deducted from your refund.

This course is offered for up to 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)
Each presentation is equivalent to 0.1 ASHA CEU. Must attend at least four presentations to earn credit.

5 BACB Type 2 CEUs provided by Seton Hall University. Seton Hall University is an Approved Provider of BACB Continuing Education.


Presenter Disclosures