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
- educational psychologists
- licensed professional counselors
- speech-language pathologists
- 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 and submitting proof of licensure. Dues are $150 per year.
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 that address the specific needs of each client. In addition to working closely with parents and school personnel, educational therapists interface regularly with allied professionals, such as speech-language pathologists, psychotherapists, educational psychologists, school counselors, marriage and family therapists, occupational therapists, neuropsychologists, physicians, or optometrists.
Contact between the educational therapist and other allied professionals may occur at the time of referral and continue throughout the intervention. Exchange of reports, telephone conferences, and emails are the most common means of communication. The client benefits when professionals confer to share relevant background information, diagnostic testing results, and clinical impressions. These interactions broaden and extend knowledge of the client’s strengths and challenges. Goals and strategies that complement the work of each professional can be developed and implemented through collaboration.
This collaborative process frequently leads to a more powerful intervention than work done in isolation. Educational therapists hold confidentiality in high ethical regard and obtain written consent to release information prior to conferring with other professionals.
Benefits of an Allied Professional Membership
- 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 national 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 directory 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.)