1st Better Conversations Conference, 7 November 2019 plus free BCA training day

Dear SLT colleague

The Better Conversations team at UCL is thrilled to announce our first Better Conversations Conference to be held on Thursday 7 November 2019 from 9.30am to 4.30pm at Chandler House (WC1N 1PF). Our aim is to provide an opportunity to share good practice in communication partner training (CPT), value the work of SLTs in this area, and create a sustainable community of practice. We are using CPT as an umbrella term for all types of intervention focused on improving the everyday conversation skills of our clients and their communication partners. For this first conference, our focus will be on adult clients.

Our conference speakers are practising SLTs or student SLTs who will share their experiences of delivering different types of CPT with a range of adult clients. Our keynote speakers are Dr Jackie Kindell (Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust) on conversation and dementia, and Rosemary Townsend (Chief Executive, Dyscover) on conversation and aphasia. During short ‘CPT and me’ talks, SLTs will present their experiences of CPT by answering the following questions: What did you do? Why did you do it? What did you find? There will be lots of time for questions and discussion.

On Wednesday 6 November, there will be a free training day from 10am to 3.30pm covering the following topics: the Better Conversations approach to CPT for a range of acquired disorders; the practicalities of delivering Better Conversations inspired intervention; identifying what to target in therapy – conversational barriers and facilitators; goal setting and measuring outcomes; ask the experts panel.

The full programme is here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/pals/better-conversations-conference-making-it-work-slt

Booking is essential, please book here: https://onlinestore.ucl.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-brain-sciences-c07/linguistics-f71/f71-better-conversations-conference-making-it-work-in-slt

For all queries regarding this conference please contact Kea Young kea.young@ucl.ac.uk

We look forward to seeing you at this event!

Best wishes

Suzanne Beeke and the Better Conversations Team

@BCAphasia

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