October 4, 2022

Derek Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor at Wayne State University, joins host Sara MacIntyre, M.A., CCC-SLP to discuss the beauty and power of creating space for storytelling within the therapeutic process. Derek discusses how critical it is to allow clients to take the lead in telling their stories and sharing what is meaningful to them, and how to clinically leave space and facilitate this process most effectively. Further, Derek discusses what 'affirming' clients in the therapeutic process looks like, how important this was for him within his own journey as well as within his clinical experience, and how affirmation within therapy can create space for deeper reflection related to identity, intersectionality of multiple identities, and important cultural and individual considerations. Throughout the episode Derek shares example facilitative prompts and clinical examples 


Bio: Derek Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who specializes in stuttering therapy. He is also an associate professor and graduate program director in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where teaches courses on stuttering and supervises graduate student training in stuttering. Derek has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on stuttering. Derek is a person who stutters. His research focuses on psychosocial experiences of stuttering, identity, and intersectionality. He has participated in many self-help events, workshops, and clinical training programs for people who stutter. Derek is a native of Houston, TX, and currently enjoys urban life in Detroit. He is a Past President of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association.