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Gender-Inclusive Voice and Communication Workshop

Saturday, August 3rd - Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Gender-Inclusive Voice and Communication Workshop


​Kevin Dorman, MS, CCC-SLP ​     ​Wendy Vastine, BFA, MA, CF-SLP, NCVS Trained Vocologist


Course Overview​

The Departments of Otolaryngology (CU Anschutz) and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (CU Boulder) will co-host a two-day workshop on Gender-Inclusive Voice and Communication training. The workshop is designed for voice teachers and coaches, speech-language pathologists, and professionals in the community supporting the care of individuals who identify as transgender or nonbinary.



University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

12631 E. 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045


Learning Objectives

1.     Discuss terminology, best practices and allyship for working with transgender or non-binary clients/patients

2.     Describe transition options for transgender or non-binary clients/patients

3.     Outline techniques for voice and communication training, including pitch, resonance, articulation, rate, volume, language and non-verbal communication

4.     Demonstrate voice and communication techniques for pitch, resonance, articulation, rate, volume, language and non-verbal communication


Course Directors

Marie Jetté, PhD, CCC-SLP

Jen Walentas Lewon, MS, CCC-SLP



Kevin Dorman, MS, CCC-SLP

Wendy Vastine, BFA, MA, CF-SLP, NCVS Trained Vocologist



Speech-Language Pathologist: $100

Student: $50

Other Health Provider: $50

Please click here to register!



Saturday August 3, 2019
8:30-9:00am ​​Registration & Light Breakfast
9:00-10:45am Introduction, Terminology, Best Practices, and Allyship: Terminology, issues faced by community, etiquitte, cultivating relationships, and ongoing education.
10:45-11:00am Break
11:00-12:00pm Transition Options for Transgender and Non-binary Clients: Hormones, surgery, social transition.
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:45pm Voice and Communication Training: Counseling, voice and sense of self, pitch, resonance
2:45-3:00pm Break
3:00-5:00pm Voice and Communication Training: Intonation, articulation, language, gestures and non-verbal communication, singing.
Sunday August 4, 2019
8:30-9:00am Light Breakfast
​​9:00-10:45am Logistics: Making the office accessible, intake forms, facilities, staff training, insurance
10:45-11:00am Break
11:00-12:00pm Practice Session #1
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:45pm Practice Session #2
2:45-3:00pm Break
3:00-4:45pm Panel Discussion and Q&A with Speakers
4:45-5:00pm Closing Remarks



Please contact Katelynn Jennings at 303-724-1957,​



Speaker Biographies


Kevin Dorman, MS, CCC-SLP

Kevin Dorman (they/them) is a non-binary speech-language pathologist who specializes in long-distance transgender vocal training. They are the owner of Prismatic Speech Services, a private practice located in Greensboro, NC, through which they provide services online to clients across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, as well as in-person services to clients who wish to see Kevin at their office in Greensboro.


Wendy Vastine, BFA, MA, CF-SLP, NCVS Trained Vocologist

Wendy Vastine (they/them) has been teaching voice – both speaking and singing - in the trans and/or non-binary community over the past decade. They have worked with voices with all levels of training – from the complete newcomer to the professional performer. They have trained extensively with members of the Roy Hart Theatre and have worked in the research labs of some of the leading voice scientists. They have presented at numerous conferences, lectured in multiple universities, and they have taught and performed nationally and internationally. Wendy holds a BFA in theatre from New York University: Tisch School of the Arts, and an MA in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Pittsburgh, and a vocology certification from the National Center for Voice Science. One of their projects most dear to their heart is that of a peer-based training, which involves training other members of the trans and non-binary community to teach within the community. They are currently living and teaching voice in Berkeley, California.