The discussion forums provide participants with similar interests an opportunity to connect.  The forum creates a space for networking and collaboration while also providing an opportunity to solicit advice or share ideas that will ideally lead to future progress in the discipline and/or suggested topic.


  • December 5: RSVP Deadline for invited Discipline Forum Chairs and Co-Chairs
  • December/January: Moderators get in touch and come up with topic ideas (possibly solicit from others via online community) and create a structured agenda
  • 1/31: Discipline and SIG Forum Agendas due to erin.mallis@acpa-cpf.org
  • 4/2: Discipline Forums take place
  • 4/3: SIG Discussion Forums take place


  • Discussion Forum Chairs serve as moderators of the forum and are responsible for introducing the session, keeping the participants on topic and timely, having questions prepared if needed and leading the discussion. It is recommended to have one person keep to the agenda and the other serve as the microphone host. This can rotate during the session.
  • Chairs should encourage participation from all attendees. The forums are intended for all to have a chance to speak. Please limit the amount of time an individual speaks and encourage others to share.
  • All forums will have a structured agenda that will be available to attendees before the Annual Meeting.
  • It is recommended that the forums allow for a bit of social/networking to interact with others that they might not normally. This is also an opportunity for newer people to meet those that are more established and involved.  This is a great way to start the session.
  • It is recommended that the forums offer opportunity for structured discussion around items important to the discipline and should also allow a shorter unstructured time at the end where attendees can bring forth ideas, specific cases, etc.
  • Ideally Discipline Forums will result in specific actionable goals that forum attendees can continue to work on throughout the year, e.g. Research collaboration, getting young professionals more involved, ideas for future presentations, etc.

Activity Ideas:

  • Ask new people to identify themselves.
  • Discussion Questions – Be thoughtful in selecting meaningful questions that are broad enough for everyone and focused enough to allow valuable discussion. Examples of questions include:
    • What is the biggest challenge that you’re facing today in your job?
    • Do you or your institution have a particularly innovative practice that you’d like to share?
    • As we look to collaborate with other teams and professions, what have you found to be the most effective?
    • Are there any patient stories that you learned from or that you believe the group could learn from?
    • Has there been a particular experience that has enabled you to become a better (doctor, nurse, speech pathologist, etc.)?
    • What kind of education do you want/need?
    • What knowledge, skill or practice could you learn to benefit your practice the most?
    • How can we support each other as professionals?
    • What can ACPA do to help support the group?
  • Small Group Discussions – Assign a topic to each group. Have small groups share the results of their discussion with the entire group. This could be questions, advice, ideas, concerns, etc.
  • Collaborate on research topics.
  • Find someone who disagrees with you on an idea and discuss the pros/cons of each while being open-minded. Be careful on selecting topics that may cause heated arguments.
  • Open forum at the end for people to bring forth ideas, research opportunities, cases, or anything else that they’d like to share.

Code of Conduct:

It is important to remember that these forums are intended to give participants an opportunity to connect with others and to discuss new and engaging topics. Polite dispute is part of what challenges current thinking and advances patient care. Please follow the below general guidelines.

  • Understand that the discussions and comments are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention.
  • Respect all participants and their right to an opinion.
  • Actively listen to all other discussion participants.
  • Stay within suggested time limits for responses. The moderators are responsible for ensuring everyone has a chance to participate.
  • State concisely and clearly your question or comment so others can respond appropriately.
  • Respect the privacy of patients and families when discussing a specific case.
  • Do not cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety or include materials or language likely to upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person.
  • Do not promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  • Use caution when discussing products and suggested uses.
  • Do not use defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, harassing, violent or illegal materials or language.

The Code of Conduct will be distributed to participants as handouts.