Annual Convention

Graduate Student Training Program

FRIENDS developed the Graduate Student Training Program (GSTP) to help graduate students in Speech Pathology get a better understanding of stuttering and its affect on children and their families. The FRIENDS GSTP will provide a much needed and valuable clinical opportunity for many graduate students. This program will also enhance the knowledge and experience graduate students acquire in the field of stuttering. The GSTP will address the affective, behavioral and cognitive behaviors of a young person who stutters. In order to do this, each graduate student will spend at least one full day working with experienced Speech Language Pathologists in the children’s workshops at the annual three-day convention. To apply click here, and for more information on the GSTP email


The graduate students will:


Obtain information on stuttering and receive hands on experience with children who stutter


Observe what the young person who stutters experiences throughout the three day convention, seeing the children’s vast transformation from beginning of the convention to the end of day three


Learn how to successfully engage children who stutter in conversation


Attempt to help each child become as comfortable as possible talking and learning about stuttering with help of the workshop facilitator

The Program’s mission is:


To provide a valuable and unique experience for graduate Speech Language Pathology students over a three day period working with young people who stutter and their families by a) Learning from experienced stuttering specialists, and b) Interacting with other Speech Language Pathologists


In order to get the most out of this experience, we require the graduate student to volunteer for the entire day. This will provide consistency and continuity for both the SLP graduate student and the child who stutters. This consistency will increase comfort for the child who stutters and will provide the graduate student with a more comprehensive experience and increase their knowledge about stuttering.

If you are interested in this program:

Please save the PDF to the right for your convenience.

Fill out this form and submit online.

Register for the convention online at this page.

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