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Speech and Language Postmasters Training

Position Announcement

Individuals who have completed masters or doctoral programs and are not yet certified may complete their training by applying for a Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) position. These positions are designed to be one year in duration. Support is usually present for these positions throughout the year and the positions are not designed to begin or end at specific times of the year. Clinical Fellows typically begin after graduation from a graduate program, which typically can occur from June to August. The availability of these positions is program specific and is according to need, but is not typically limited to a particular site or location. Depending on the need and available supervision, CFY opportunities may occur at the hospital (inpatient, outpatient, Fairmount Rehabilitation Programs, Rehabilitation Programs at Columbia, Specialized Transition Program, Center for Autism and Related Disorders) school (lower, middle and high school and private-public partnership programs) and community-based (Parents and Children Together [PACT] and Child Family Support Program [CFSP]) programs.

Positions include providing speech and language assessments and treatment to children who have a wide range of communication disorders. The age of the children may vary according to the site or program, and may range from infancy to teenagers, or adults with developmental disabilities. The children may also have associated developmental delay, genetic disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, emotional or behavioral disorders, motor difficulties, or other neurological impairments (acquired or developmental).

Given the large number of candidates who apply each year, Clinical Fellows are strongly encouraged to apply early in their second year of graduate studies in order to be considered. To apply for a Clinical Fellowship, please visit the Kennedy Krieger Institute Careers page. Type in the keyword “speech” and apply for any listed Clinical Fellow position. The application will be reviewed by the Human Resources Talent Acquisition Partner. Following application review, the Speech-Language Recruiter will email the applicant to discuss programs of interest and to set up phone screening. For questions regarding Clinical Fellowships, please contact Melissa Wells (443) 923-5812 or email wells@kennedykrieger.org.

Description of Training Program

Support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program has helped to create and maintain a model of interdisciplinary training at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Key disciplines include speech-language pathology, audiology, pediatrics, social work, occupational and physical therapy, neuropsychology, nutrition, neurology, and psychiatry. Clinical Fellows in Speech Language Pathology are active participants in a structured sequence of seminars, rounds and clinics. One component of the Outpatient program and the Child and Family Support Program is attending weekly Core Course seminars, held at the Broadway location. CF’s from all sites and programs attend the bi-monthly Clinical Fellows Seminar, sponsored and taught by senior speech-language pathologists at KKI. At this seminar, topics include practical issues related to evaluating and treating patients with communication disorders and related developmental disabilities.