Vocal Health 
Practitioner

What is a Vocal Health Practitioner

This course is for singing teachers and voice teachers wanting to be able to work with singers and other voice users who have been experiencing problems relating to their vocal health. You are required to have completed VHFA (Vocal Health First Aid) modules and assessments before you can join the VHP (Vocal Health Practitioner) pathway.

The VHP will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to deliver vocal health practice safely and effectively.  The training will be the equivalent of approximately two weeks of full-time study, with group classes, individual mentoring and assessment of the teacher working with clients as well as online content.

VHP Online Training 

Contextual factors for your interaction, the complex patient, the use of positive language

The emotional impact of a vocal pathology diagnosis, Body image and eating disorders

Immune Responses, the common cold and seasonal allergies
Asthma and Other Respiratory Conditions
Auditory Health

Presentations and pathways for functional imbalance from the perspective of the Osteopath, the Speech Therapist and the Singing Rehabilitation Specialist

Calming the breathing system, Investigating the breathing cycle, Balancing breath and tone.
Pacing the return to work, How to adapt to permanent change, Use of resonance to aid rehabilitation exercises
Therapeutic techniques for vocal fold inflammation

Recognising where speaking habits may be having a detrimental effect on overall vocal heath, and some simple guidance for working with this
The Mental Health Problems Voice Professionals are Most Likely to Encounter, What is Trauma?, Professional Boundaries, Introduction to Talk Therapy/Psychotherapy.

Stretching, release, and some simple self-massage techniques

A series of films showing endoscopic film footage with assessment and explanation from the experts. These are from ENT consultants, SLTs and VRS. This gives you access to the top practitioners guiding you through their everyday work at first hand. Aetiology and diagnosis of Nodules, Polyp, Haemorrhage, Papilloma, Cyst, granuloma, paresis, paralysis and MTD. Singer specialists guiding you through vocal function and voice qualities from the inside out.

Exercise and the Voice, Hydration, Reflux, Mythbusting (including Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Probiotics), Nutrition for Immune Health, Influence of Bodyweight on the Voice, The Travelling Performer, Pre-Post Performance Nutrition.

General Background, Where it Starts (Babies), Children and Pre-School Singing, Children 4-7 Years, Children 7-11 Years, Adolescent Singers, Adolescent Girls, Technique for Teenagers (Part 1 and 2), Adolescent Boys, Group Singing for Children, Young Adult Singers, Wellbeing and Causes of Ageing, Ageing Singers.

The CCM singer, the Classical and choral singer, Monitoring and Sound Systems 

Practitioner Paradigms, Understanding Your Role Within Holistic Voice Care.

Note Taking, Referral Letters, Insurance Cover, Safeguarding

There will be a multiple-choice style questionnaire to complete at the end of this online course. If the candidate has engaged with all of the material and passes this test, they are eligible to apply for the next stage of the training.

Group  discussions on case studies

These small online groups will be discussing real case studies, evaluating assessment methods and considering next steps. These discussions will be led by an experienced Singing Voice Rehabilitation Specialist. The contribution of each candidate will be assessed in order to either pass or to be offered the chance to redo this section.

Mentoring

The VHP training includes one-to-one mentoring from a VRS. This is primarily observation of rehabilitation practice; the VHP and VRS will begin by team-teaching a client, with the VHP taking over as they gain confidence and respond to feedback from the VRS. The format will generally be three observed 45-minute lessons with feedback. This mentoring and feedback process should prepare the candidate for the assessment. If, for some reason, the mentor suggests that assessment is not the right step at this stage, there will be the chance to extend the period of mentoring or to re-do the course.

Final Assessment

At the end of the mentoring process, on the recommendation of the mentor, the VHP candidate will have a one-hour interview assessment with an independent rehabilitation specialist. If this is successful, the candidate will be awarded the Vocal Health Practitioner qualification, which is valid for three years.

At the end of the three-year period, the VHP will need to have a refresher interview with one of the specialist assessors, if this goes well, the qualification will be renewed for another three years.