About The Book

The fifth edition of Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is a singularly comprehensive resource for students in speech-language pathology and audiology as they prepare for their professional careers. It also serves as a timely source of information for both practitioners and faculty, serving as an updated “state of the professions” desk reference.

The book is divided into four major sections: overview of the professions; employment issues; setting-specific issues; and working productively. The information presented in each section provides the reader with a better understanding and a new perspective on how professional issues have been affected by both internal and external influences in recent years including technological advances, demographic shifts, globalization, and economic factors. Chapter authors are recognized subject matter experts, providing a blend of both foundational and cutting-edge information in areas such as evidence-based practice, ethics, finding a job, interprofessional practice, service delivery in healthcare and education, technology, cultural competence, supervision, and leadership.

Students reading this book will appreciate how the professions have evolved over time while acquiring a sense of where they are right now as they prepare to enter the professional world. Each of the topics covered in the book will continue to play important roles in the future of audiology and speech-language pathology, providing early career professionals with the requisite knowledge to achieve success in any setting.

New to the Fifth Edition

  • New coeditor Mark DeRuiter, PhD, MBA, CCC-A, CCC-SLP
  • 5 new chapters including Professional Accountability (Shelly Chabon and Becky Cornett); Safety in the Workplace (Donna Fisher-Smiley and Cynthia Richburg); Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Practice (Alex Johnson); Counseling (Michael Flahive); and Advocacy (Tommie Robinson and Janet Deppe)
  • New authors Tricia Ashby, Bob Augustine, Stacy K. Betz, Janet Deppe, Cathy DeRuiter, Mark DeRuiter, Robin Edge, Susan Felsenfeld, Liza Finestack, Michael Flahive, Carolyn Higdon, Kelly M. Holland, Shirley Huang, Susan Ingram, Marie Ireland, Jeffrey Johnson, Pui Fong Kan, Lemmietta McNeilly, Lissa Power deFur, Gail Richard, Steve Ritch, Lisa Scott, and Tina Veale
  • Critical thinking questions at end of each chapter for classroom discussion and examination
  • Updated table of chapter content relevant to the Council for Clinical Certification standards for ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence
  • Updated acronyms glossary
  • Updated figures and tables
  • Updated and expanded references

Key Features

  • Each chapter begins with an introduction and ends with a summary of key areas
  • Chapters are authored by preeminent experts in the field of communication sciences and disorders
  • Access to a PluralPlus Companion Website with PowerPoint lecture slides for each chapter

From the Foreword 

“It is with great pleasure as I retire from the University of Minnesota, I have been asked to write this foreword for the fifth edition of Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, edited by Melanie Hudson and Mark DeRuiter. …This volume reflects the fact the impact and maturity of a discipline and, in our case, two professions, cannot be measured by disciplinary expertise in speech-language pathology and audiology alone. Rather, the context in which we practice is just as important as what we practice. In fact, we cannot practice or do clinical research effectively without understanding the demands of culture, law, global influences, and the values and ethics of our own and other professions. …This volume contains 30 chapters written by 45 authors organized into four main sections – overview of the professions, employment issues, setting-specific issues, and working productively. This is a rare book, serving to enlighten students as they become professionals and to allow even experienced practitioners to learn about new trends in, and external pressures to, the discipline. It can be both a beginning textbook and a resource for individuals and groups as they grapple with professional practice and translational research in the 21st century. This book contains the collective wisdom and experience of expert clinicians, scholars, and administrators from every practice setting, the academy, and professional associations. These authors have held a variety of national, state, and local leadership positions. I have worked with many of them directly and have listened to their thoughtful presentations. Seeing this volume today makes me want to teach Professional Issues again. There is no doubt that readers will have the highest quality experience that will assist them every day in their professions.”
—Arlene Earley Carney, PhD, CCC-A, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

About The Authors

Melanie W. Hudson, MA, received her BS from James Madison University (VA) and her MA from George Washington University, with post-graduate studies at George Washington University and the University of Virginia. She is an ASHA Fellow, and Distinguished Fellow of National Academies of Practice (NAP). She served on ASHA’s Board of Directors as Chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council (2016-2018), the Board of Ethics, and the Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators. Melanie’s publications include “Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Fourth Edition” (Lubinski & Hudson; Delmar, Cengage Learning, 2013; Plural Publishing, 2018), and chapter author for “The Clinical Education and Supervisory Process in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology,” (McCrea & Brasseur, Slack, Inc., 2019). She served as President of the Georgia Speech-Language and Hearing Association and currently serves on the Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She worked as an SLP in Arlington (VA) Public Schools, in private practice, and as adjunct faculty. She is the National Director at EBS Healthcare and a frequent guest lecturer at universities and professional conferences.

Mark DeRuiter, PhD, MBA, is an audiologist and speech-language pathologist. He is the director of the Clinical Science Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. DeRuiter has taught introduction to audiology, aural rehabilitation, and advanced aural rehabilitation, with teaching experiences in the United States and Taiwan. Dr. DeRuiter’s leadership experiences include serving on the executive board of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders and serving on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Council for Clinical Certification.

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