Voice Rehabilitation Specialist

The VRS is an elite level of training and involves a significant commitment to multi-disciplinary study. This pathway delivers an unique breadth of training, delivering all the theory behind voice rehabilitation within the practical applications of the biopsychosocial model.

 Voice users may come to the VRS from a variety of sources.  They may have a referral from a clinician such as a Speech and Language Therapist, in which case the VRS needs to have an understanding of the therapeutic journey of the client.  The VRS will often work alongside clinicians, mostly following on from formal spoken voice therapy, sometimes in tandem with the clinical team. 
Many voice users will self-refer to a VRS; in these cases, the VRS will follow the Scope of Practice for the Vocal Habilitation Professional.

There is nothing “off the peg” about this qualification. We will tailor a bespoke pathway for you based on your strengths and interests, closely mentored throughout.  You can also complete courses in any order. 

The qualified VRS will then provide the training and assessment at the lower levels (VHFA and VHP), and will also provide training for institutions in Vocal Health Awareness.

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To enrol in the programme there is a one-off registration payment of £1,500

 How long will the training take?
Approximately 18 months, depending on how many study modules you choose. Again, you can complete courses in the order that suits you.  

 How much will it cost? 
After the registration fee (which covers all mentoring) the course will cost approximately £5000. We list an approximate cost because prices of individual study Modules vary. Each module carries a number of credits, and students are required to achieve 180 credit points by the end of their training.  You can also start short courses and enrol for the registration at a later date.

The Journey and Assessment 
Alpha Session
On registration you will complete a 45-minute SWOT analysis/orientation with Stephen King to plan your individual journey.  

Mentoring and Supervision
You will receive 6 supervised sessions (quarterly) with a mentor (someone from the brilliant VHP mentoring team).  These sessions will be structured to include an analysis of a recorded lesson given by you, the VRS learner. The VRS writes notes and reflections from these, as does the mentor.

Buddy Sessions
Peer observation and appraisal with a fellow VRS.  Suggested 8 sessions each way of both peer observation and appraisal over 18 months. You will possibly meet your buddy at the in-person weekend.  With permission from the voice student, your buddy will sit in on a lesson then you will discuss this afterwards.   We don’t organise these sessions, but we will see your appraisal write-ups, reflections, growth and projects that arise.  

It is possible to change buddy after a few sessions or keep the same person throughout.

Written Reports
All mentoring and buddy sessions will be written up in a password-protected online portal.  The mentor will have access to the reports from the buddy sessions for their mentee and can use this information when structuring the supervisions.  This ensures ongoing assessment and learning.  It also enables specific issues to be raised and dealt with as they occur. 

Omega Session
A final session with you the VRS Learner,  Dr Jenevora Williams and your mentor to reflect on your journal and the entire VRS journey. 

In person weekend 
All participants are required to attend a Manual Therapy and a Critical Thinking module in London, delivered by world-renowned experts.  The first date for these courses is 4, 5, & 6 March 2022 (Critical Thinking) and 7-8 March (Manual Therapy and Swallowing). There are some things you cannot learn watching a video. 

The rest of the Modules are presented as online short courses, which you can complete anywhere in the world.  As you have come to expect from VHE, the course tutors are leaders in the field of Voice Science and Rehab. Think Ingo Titze, Marco Guzman, Shannon Coates, Dawn Estefan, Walt Fritz, Heidi Moss, Kari Ragan, Joanne Cazden and Johan Sundberg.

For a full list of example “pathways”, please see below (but you can also create your own combination).

 Full details of each Module will be available on our Short Courses Page.

Example Pathways

(VRS = 180 credits total)

Pathway A
Pathway B
Pathway C
Registration
Registration
Registration
Critical Thinking (20)
Critical Thinking (20)
Critical Thinking (20)
Counselling (60)
Counselling (60)
Counselling (60)
Manual Therapy (15)
Manual Therapy (15)
Manual Therapy (15)
Inclusive Voice (15)
Lab Day (5)
Lab Day (5)
Young Voices (30)
Advanced Anatomy (20)
Advanced Anatomy (20)
Fundamental Anatomy (10)
Advanced Manual Therapy (30)
Science of Rehab (15)
+ Others
+ Others
+ Others
Others
Mindfulness (15)
Extreme Vocals (5)
Speaking Voice (5)
Inclusive Voice (15)
Science of Rehab (15)

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