Who Are Allied Professional Members?
Allied Membership is for licensed professionals in fields related to educational therapy, including:
- clinical psychologists
- developmental pediatricians
- licensed clinical social workers
- marriage and family therapists
- licensed professional counselors
- speech and language therapists
- occupational therapists
- developmental optometrists
- school or learning center directors
Please note: Educators are not considered “Allied Professionals” and are encouraged to join either as Associate ETs or General members.
Allied Professionals may join using the online application, which must be followed up by submitting proof of licensure. Dues are $150 per year plus a one-time application processing fee of $35.
The Educational Therapist-Allied Professional Partnership
An educational therapist is skilled at gathering, synthesizing, and coordinating information from other specialists in order to develop and implement remedial programs. In addition to working closely with parents and school personnel, educational therapists interface regularly with a multitude of allied professionals. These allied professionals may include: speech and language pathologists, psychotherapists, educational psychologists, school counselors, marriage and family therapists, occupational therapists, neuropsychologists, physicians, or optometrists.
Contact between the educational therapist and other professionals may be made at the initial time of referral and then may continue throughout the intervention. Exchange of reports, telephone conferences, and email are the most common means of communication. Many benefits can accrue for the client when professionals confer. With the client’s consent, each professional can share relevant background information, diagnostic testing, and clinical impressions to broaden and further each other's knowledge. Goals and strategies that complement the work of each professional with the client can be developed and carried out.
This collaboration frequently leads to a more powerful intervention than work done in isolation. Educational therapists hold confidentiality in high ethical regard and obtain a written consent to release information prior to conferring with other professionals.
Membership Benefits include:
- Subscription to AET’s biannual Journal The Educational Therapist
- Access to the member area of the website and to archived ET Journals
- Discounted fees on webinars, workshops and AET’s annual conference
- Access to AET Study Groups – a forum for sharing and learning to work with individuals with learning differences and challenges
- Listing in the AET Professional Directory
- Listing in the AET online Referral Directory
- Option of a hyperlink from the Referral and Professional Directories to a personal web page
- Access to commonly used Practice Forms (Consent to Release Info, Session Log, etc)
- Access to Professional Liability Insurance
- Ethics FAQs
- AET Member Marketing Program (website development, brochures, direct marketing pieces, etc)