Callier Center’s Conference to Focus on Grief and Hearing Loss

UT Dallas’ Callier Center for Communication Disorders will host a full-day workshop for area hearing and speech professionals focusing on strategies for helping families deal with grief arising from hearing loss.

Johnnie Sexton

Dr. Johhnie Sexton

Dr. Johnnie Sexton will lead discussion of the CARE Project (Counseling, Aural Rehabilitation and Education).  Sexton has worked with children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing for 33 years as a teacher, speech therapist and audiologist.

Through his CARE Project, Sexton has redefined counseling for families with children or adults experiencing challenges with hearing, and has developed new methods for training professionals who work with these patients. Sexton is based in Greensboro, NC, and lectures on communication issues throughout the country.

The Care Project, Inc.

The CARE Project (Counseling, Aural Rehabilitation and Education) is a multidimensional tool that addresses hearing loss and the grief experienced by individuals, families and communities.

“A person facing hearing loss needs a strong support system in order to deal with all the challenges he or she is likely to encounter,” said Dr. Kenneth Pugh, director of Callier’s audiology division. “This workshop is intended to help communication professionals and students learn about the most up-to-date ways to reach out to families, and include the families and the broader community in the patient’s process of moving forward.”

The Bruton Conference will take place at Callier Dallas on Jan. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no fee to register or attend. Students, faculty members or clinicians also can participate in the workshop through a video link at Callier Richardson.

Continuing education units are available. For more information, call 214-905-3081 or click here to register.

The CARE Project conference is supported in part by the David J. Bruton Charitable Trust and major manufacturers of hearing assistive devices.

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