Head of the Applied Therapeutic Sciences - Logopedics Study Program
Prof. Dr. Scharff Rethfeldt strives to integrate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) into education, practice and research with a special focus on SDG's 1, 3, 4, 10, 16, & 17.
This is the first study to establish the make-up of the logopedic/speech-language therapy profession (SLT) and its diversity in Germany. Data will be collected by means of an online questionnaire in 2023. The study is supported by the two national asscotions for logopedics (dbl) and academic language therapy (dbs) respectively
Logopedics/SLTs work with a diverse population. In the past decade, the German population has become culturally and linguistically more diverse (CLD). Logopedics/SLTs, a highly (95%) white female profession, report to find a more CLD clientele on their caseloads and to encounter challenges related to diversity such as language barriers. It is assumed that there is a lack of diversity in the health profession and that there is a need to increase diversity in the profession of logopedics/SLT to reflect the population they serve and to become more inclusive. Delivering the data on how the profession identifies is considered a first step to derive further measures in the near future.