The Vocal Health Practitioner (VHP) has
· Already qualified as a Vocal Health First Aider (VHFA) and agreed to the VHFA scope of practice.
· Completed at least 20 hours of continuing professional development training in Vocal Pedagogy prior to the awarding of the title VHP.
· Completed at least 1,000 hours of teaching by the time the VHP title is awarded.
· Completed 30 hours of online seminars in a broad range of related topics through the VHP training (Module 1)
· Participated in at least four hours of assessed group work discussing individual case studies through the VHP training (Module 2)
· Undergone a minimum of three hours of assessed individual mentoring with an expert SVS or VRC and completed an assessed reflective journal of the process through the VHP training (Module 3)
· Passed a one-hour interview with an advanced rehabilitation specialist through the VHP training (Module 4)
The Vocal Health Practitioner will
· Have a knowledge of the biopsychosocial causes of voice problems, including: a range of working environments, the impact of psychological stressors on voice function, evaluating vocal loading, awareness of overall wellbeing and lifestyle factors
· Have a knowledge of a range of musical genres, for both professional and amateur singers
· Understand the changes to the voice over a lifetime
· Know and understand the role/s of the other professionals who are part of the rehabilitative team
· Be able to follow on from work undertaken by a Vocal Rehabilitation Specialist with longer-term habilitative singing voice work, re-building healthy vocal function after injury or dysphonia
· Be able to rehabilitate a singer with muscle tension dysphonia and no vocal fold pathology
· Know when to refer a singer for clinical assessment or help from a professional in another field
· Know how to document their interactions, including treatment notes and referral letters
· Receive ongoing supervision and support from Vocal Health Education