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Training Programs & Workshops – Aphasia Institute

Your safety and those of our Aphasia Institute members and staff are of utmost importance to us. During the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, our onsite workshops are temporarily postponed until it is safe to run them again. Please check back for updates.

We wish you continued health and safety and thank you in advance for your understanding.

The Aphasia Institute offers training sessions for health care professionals on how to work with clients with aphasia and to help them overcome communication barriers. Health care professionals will be shown how to apply training techniques to clinical situations such as assessment, counselling, group therapy and working with clients and their communication partners. Resources, materials and manuals are provided in many of the workshops.

Basic SCA™ Training Options

Core Training (2-day)
Day One – Through role-playing and experiential learning, trainees will gain a solid theoretical understanding of SCA™.
Day Two – Trainees will continue to develop SCA™ skills by working with individuals with aphasia* and learn how to apply the principles to their own work setting.

**Pre-requisite: Online Introduction to SCA™ eLearning module

Dates available:
June 14 & 15, 2021 – FULL
October 4 & 5, 2021
March 07 & 08, 2022

Fee: $888 CAD

Thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,
We are able to offer a limited number of FREE spots for health care providers working in Ontario. ($888 value)

Advanced/Applied SCA™ Training Options

Participants who work with groups will learn to adapt SCA™ to a group setting.


Participants will learn counselling principals, themes and approaches utilized by SLPs and Social Workers at the Aphasia Institute in the context of the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA). Participants will learn how to make counselling accessible to people with aphasia through the use of SCA™ techniques.


Participants proficient in SCA™ will learn how to help people with aphasia co-construct their identity through personal narratives – their past, present and future through the use of the Your Life story-telling program which can be adapted to individual or group work.


This workshop teaches Speech-Language Pathologists proficient in SCA™ to help people affected by aphasia become better communication partners.


SLPs proficient in SCA™ will learn how to teach basic SCA™ techniques to other healthcare professionals.
Pre-requisite: Core Training & restricted to SLPs

Dates available:
October 13 2021
March 11, 2022

Fee: $613 CAD
10% discount applied when registering for 2 or more courses

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Thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,
We are able to offer a limited number of FREE spots for speech-language pathologists working in Ontario who have taken the Core Training. ($613 value)

"I’ve been working at the Aphasia Institute since early 2007 and I love my job. It's incredibly rewarding to work in a collaborative environment where I get to be part of life-changing work for people living with aphasia and the healthcare providers who serve them. I feel affirmed, encouraged and supported as we work together on innovative and dynamic initiatives that accomplish our mission and vision in new, creative and resourceful ways."
- Marisca Baldwin, Staff Member
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