Vocal Health Educators must adhere to the standards of professionalism
A certificated Vocal Health Educator will:
1 be able to deliver Vocal Health Practice safely and effectively
1.1 know the limits of their practice
1.2 know when to seek further medical advice, or onwardly refer to another professional with a different scope of practice
1.3 recognise the careful need for time management and pacing within the practice to ensure burnout risks are low, and time given to each client is high.
2 be able to practise within the respective laws of their practice location, with careful ethical and philosophical considerations
2.1 understand the need to act in the best interests of the student or client at all times
2.2 understand what is required of them by registration to Vocal Health Education including the philosophy and ethics of the organisation.
2.3 understand and respect that unless formerly or currently registered as a member of the GMC or HCPC, a VHP cannot medically diagnose pathological issues with the voice, and may only assess and address functionality within a voice.
3 be able to uphold rigorous yearly CPD
3.1 understand that regular, life long learning helps to inform you as both a holistic and wholistic practitioner.
3.2 be able to commit to one CPD course every 12 months.
4 be able to practise as an autonomous professional, exercising their own professional judgement, but seeking mentorship when needed
4.1 be able to assess a voice, and determine whether you have the correct scope by which to best help that person, and help them address functional issues in their voice.
4.2 understand the need for mentoring, and have a mentor in place who may or may not be connected to Vocal Health Education for further guidance.
5 be aware of the impact of your culture, equality, and diversity on your practice, and be able to practise in a non-discriminatory manner
6 understand that the learning done, and knowledge gained from the professional development within Vocal Health Education and the name of the qualification/s is to be used with integrity.
7 Understand key concepts of Vocal Health
7.1 understand that you cannot hear specific vocal pathologies, therefore endoscopic evaluation must be sought for clarity of diagnosis
7.2 understand that, for example, semi occluded vocal tract exercises are suitable for use in some vocal fold pathologies, but full rehabilitation treatment should be sought by someone with a greater scope of practice.
7.3 understand that the healthier the person, the healthier the voice, therefore often a multidisciplinary approach to healing is beneficial for one problem.
7.4 be able to work as part of a team, especially when a client is referred to you from another practitioner.
8 Understand that words matter, and the contextual factors of an interaction combined with your coaching language can lead to a more positive or negative outcome
8.1 be able to use positive, affirming, but not misleading language to help with the person’s confidence and general feeling of empowerment
9 Understand the various roles of other practitioners in either a healthcare setting or a holistic setting
9.1 understand the difference between facilitating Health and Wellbeing and providing Healthcare
9.2 be able to accurately refer to a practitioner network based on your functional assessment of a voice
10 Be able to accurately document interactions, including treatment notes and referral letters
10.1 be able to keep all documentation securely for 7 years post the initial appointment
10.2 be able to keep all documentation up to the age of 25 if the person is under the age of 18