Regular readers of The Informed SLP know we’re big on research articles. Our team of researchers and writers go through over 100 articles each month to bring you high-quality, plain language reviews of the best evidence out there for clinical practice.
However, great evidence doesn’t just hide in journal articles. It’s also within many CEU courses. Notice how I said “many”, there? Well, a little-known fact is that not all CEU courses are based upon strong empirical research. Unfortunately, just because it’s posted online, and just because it’s ASHA-approved, doesn’t mean it’s evidence-based (eeeeek!).
Something our field needs is a bit more guidance in which CEU courses to take. Why?
What we really really need, is basically a Yelp for CEUs—where courses are rated on the above criteria (and, perhaps more strictly rated on criteria #1, rather than just crowd-sourced… so rated by experts and with an appropriate quality appraisal scale). But, for now, that’s just a dream (it's my dream, it's your dream, and for the love of #slpeeps everywhere, somebody needs to get on this). BUT! It doesn’t exist yet. And yet we still need help. NOW. So let me help you with this :)
So—I have a plan for us, and it's officially on my "To Do" list. I’ve connected with MedBridge to first get a discount on their annual membership* for followers of The Informed SLP (wahoo!!!). Then, I’ll be combing through their courses each month, looking for ones that are evidence-based, then watching them to figure out which ones are also useful to clinical practice, and good (that’s item #3, above). Each month I’ll point you toward a new CEU I love, and hope it’ll benefit your practice, too! So stay tuned...
Oh, and P.S. Once I started taking MedBridge courses, they won my sweet little #EBP heart over with their dedication to auditing the evidence behind all the courses in their library. At the end of each course, they have you take a very brief survey. Two of the questions focus on auditing the research evidence within the course, and making sure the course isn't pseudoscience or fluff junk (fluff junk? yep.) So, #fistbump MedBridge. From all of us #ebpSLPs.
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