11.04.2024 11:20

Workshop “The evidence-based convergence of social work and speech therapy”

Building 2, 114 room

Department of Health and Social Work

Dr Rebecca Thomas and Dr Sarah Lobegeiger de Rodriguez

Assoc. prof. Polina Mihova, PhD

students and teachers

Social work and speech-language pathology may appear to be disparate disciplines; nevertheless, both subjects have four common characteristics. Firstly, specialists in both professions frequently collaborate with individuals from diverse population groups. In addition , all fields require the utilization of an inclusive method to assist individuals with a diverse array of problems (Specht & Vickery, 2021). In general, these two disciplines share many similarities since they both involve working with disadvantaged people.

During the workshop, an attempt will be made to outline an online course that will concentrate on theory and practice in the field of working with adolescents who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD and etc.

The goal of the course would be to increase the knowledge of social workers and to provide assistance to them in the process of leading group sessions that make use of intervention tactics that are supported by research in order to improve students' social attention, social interpretation, and responsiveness for social situations.

Sarah Lobegeiger de Rodriguez, PhD is a high-performance communication consultant to executives, emerging leaders, and teams as well as their organisations, speaker, certified practicing speech pathologist, clinic director and opera singer dedicated to advocating for your right to speak up comfortably. She possesses a Doctor of Philosophy degree, a Master of Speech Pathology degree, a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance, a Bachelor of Music in Performance, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Philosophy.

Rebecca L. Thomas, Ph.D., is Professor at the University Of Connecticut (UConn) School of Social Work, and Director of the Center for International Social Work Studies.  She Chairs the Policy Practice Concentration, as well as the focused area of International Social Work. She directs a joint academic program exchange between UConn and Yerevan State University in Armenia. Her current research and scholarship includes issues related to remittances, international development, poverty, and climate-induced migration.

Dr. Thomas is Chair of the Global Commission of the Council on Social Work Education, and represents the International Association of the Schools of Social Work on the NGO Committee on Migration at the United Nations. She serves on the City of Hartford Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

For the 2023-2024 academic year, Thomas received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in Social Work from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to conduct research in Sofia, Bulgaria.