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Wynde Vastine & Leah B. Helou

Wynde Vastine (they/them), CCC-SLP, is a voice-specialized speech-language pathologist at San Francisco Voice & Swallowing, where they direct Passaggio, the gender affirmative voice training program. They have been working with trans voices for about 15 years through their private practice, Transformative Voice, and they have been exploring the connection between voice and identity for over 20 years through their performance work. Wynde has also organized within the LGBTQIA community for about 20 years, has taught and performed nationally and internationally, and presents regularly at conferences and universities. They frequently lead trainings related to gender affirming voice for other speech-language pathologists, voice teachers, otolaryngologists, and more. Wynde holds an MA in speech-language pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, a vocology certification from the National Center for Voice Science, and a BFA in theatre from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Leah B. Helou, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor of communication science and disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. As a researcher, Dr. Helou aims to ask questions and solve problems related to the neural and psychological pathways that underpin healthy and disordered voice and speech production. She maintains several distinct yet intertwined lines of research that converge on the broad theme of "mind-voice pathways." All of this research is relevant to, and some has focused on, the voice and communication of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. Dr. Helou also has a strong clinical and instructional background in voice-specialized care. Informed by over 16 years as a voice therapist, Dr. Helou's work on the construct of meta-therapy is deeply relevant to helping both novice clinicians and voice therapy patients achieve lasting success with voice therapy. She established the Transgender Voice and Communication Program at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center in 2011 and is a 2018 recipient of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs.

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Gender Affirmative Voice Training: Approach and Technique

Presented by Wynde Vastine & Leah B. Helou

Gender Affirmative Voice Training: Approach and Technique

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Video Runtime: 80 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 20 Minutes

Transgender and/or nonbinary people and their vocal needs are gaining increased visibility. At the same time, even voice-specialized SLPs often struggle to know how to work with people in a way that fully honors their gender identity. Participants will gain an introductory understanding of the main target areas that a transgender person may wish to address in their voice and some foundational approaches for targeting these areas. Guidance will be provided on how to avoid enforcing a clinician's own gender bias and other forms of microaggressions throughout the therapy and assessment process for truly patient-centered care.

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Cultural Humility With Transgender and Nonbinary People

Presented by Wynde Vastine & Leah B. Helou

Cultural Humility With Transgender and Nonbinary People

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Video Runtime: 81 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

Standard clinical practice often reinforces systems of oppression that fail to meet the needs of transgender and nonbinary individuals, particularly those who have identities that intersect with vectors of power (e.g., racism, ableism). This course will give guidance for establishing and maintaining a practice of cultural humility, starting first with understanding foundational terminology and then describing how transgender and nonbinary people are often harmed in traditional allied health settings despite the good intentions of all parties. The course then progresses to provide practical and effective strategies for personal and professional reflection and growth, and participants are encouraged to pause the course at various points to engage in their own reflection. This course is beneficial for all members of the allied health profession and has useful information for both educational and healthcare settings.

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