First Bite #155 – July 24, 2021

The Ethics of Evolving Your Scope of Practice

(.1 ASHA and AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by Renee Garrett, MSEd, CCC-SLP, CBIS, Current Past President of the Speech, Language, and Hearing Association of Virginia. After a restful couple of weeks off, Michelle and Renee jump two feet first into the ethics of evolving one’s professional scope of practice when they need a change in professional setting. Wow! If you have recently taken that well needed break and come to the realization that you need a swap in settings, placements, ages, diseases/disorders…in short a total change in your current caseload…but are unsure of where to start…then this is the hour for you! Renee shares what you need to consider when making that dreamy career change: code of ethics concerns, continuing education ideas, culture/language of the workplace considerations, even down to the nitty gritty of billing and documentation. So, tune in for an hour of guidance on how to ethically make that dream a reality! Happy Scope of Practice Evolution folks!


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • The code of ethics standards and unique licensure requirements when changing professional work setting.
  • How ethics of care and integrity relate to changing practice settings.
  • 3 resources to successfully transition between professional work settings to assist with gaining competencies.


Renee Garrett, MSEd, CCC-SLP, CBIS

Renee Garrett, MSEd, CCC-SLP, CBIS, is a native of Hampton Roads, having graduated from Warwick High School and attended Christopher Newport University in Newport News. She later moved with her husband to Keflavik, Iceland, where she lived for three years. In 1997, her dad had a major stroke and she spent several months assisting with his rehabilitation for dysphagia and aphasia. She then had a career as a customer service representative for a large fundraising corporation, working with non-profit, community and school groups. In 2006, Renee decided to return to school and change career paths. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in speech-language pathology in 2008 and her Masters of Science in Education in 2010, both from Old Dominion University. She has worked for Riverside Rehabilitation Institute in inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient settings, for Legacy Healthcare in assisted living, as well as for Sentara Health Systems in acute care hospitals and the day rehabilitation program, serving teenaged adolescents, adults and geriatric patients with dysphagia and a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. Renee is FEES trained, privileged and has supervised SLPs during their privileging process.

Renee has a special interest in aphasia and in cognitive retraining post-TBI. She holds certification as a certified brain injury specialist from the Brain Injury Association of America and is active in educating families, friends and patients about dysphagia, communication and cognitive disorders. Renee serves on the Speech Language Hearing Association of Virginia’s executive board and fulfilled roles as secretary, Vice President of Communication and Public Relations, Vice President of Membership, President-Elect, and President. She is the current Past President.