Volume 2, Number 2

May 2010

Intersections is the quarterly e-newsletter distributed to ASHA Approved Continuing Education Providers to connect and exchange ideas in order to better accomplish their continuing education activities.


Be sure to use your personalized Brand Block!

Starting July 1, 2010, any course registration submitted without the new logo must be appealed.

Brand Block Requirements

Beginning July 1, 2010, your provider manager will be requesting an appeal letter for Activity Registrations that do not include the ASHA Approved CE Provider Brand Block and the required CEU sentence in the primary promotional materials you will use to advertise the course.

Be sure to review the Guidelines for Proper Usage of the Brand Block [PDF] before submitting your course registration materials. If you use your Web page to promote courses that have been registered for ASHA CEUs, you must use the new ASHA Approved CE Provider Brand Block. Contact your provider manager if you have any questions about the requirements for using the ASHA Approved CE Provider Brand Block and the required CEU sentence.

In Memoriam – Meta Downes

Meta Downes, CE Administrator for East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, passed away on February 24, 2010. She managed the ASHA CE Provider program at ECU since 1983. Meta was well known for her commitment to the field of communication sciences and disorders and for the outstanding contributions she made to the continuing education of speech-language pathologists. Meta will be missed by the CE staff and her many colleagues at ECU.

Intersections Advisory Group Changes

Did you know? Intersections has a group of CE Administrator advisors who help us select topics, address concerns, and sometimes even write articles for the newsletter. Gene Bratt, with the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, has served in this Group for the past two years. Thanks Gene for all your insight and assistance. Gene is stepping down and will be replaced by Mark Witkind, CE Administrator for the Center for Bilingual Speech and Language Disorders. Mark joins Susan Almon Mantangos (Aegis Therapies, Inc.), Cory Parodayco (Career Improvement & Advancement Opportunities), and Jeanane Ferre (ASHA Special Interest Divisions Audiology Coordinating Committee). Welcome Mark!

Infusing Evidence Into CE Courses

Don't leave inferences to be drawn when evidence can be presented. —Richard Wright, Author. Use ASHA CE's resource to learn more about finding, assessing, and infusing evidence into the next course, presentation, or in-service you develop.

E-mails From ASHA CE

ASHA Continuing Education primarily corresponds with our CE Approved Providers via e-mail. Please put the following e-mail addresses in your "safe recipient list" so that Outlook will accept our e-newsletter, Reporting Due Soon/Late notices, and course receipt confirmations: [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected].

Commercial Support and Conflicts of Interest Survey

ASHA's Continuing Education Board (CEB) is conducting a survey to elicit feedback about a proposed new CEB requirement. The CEB is proposing a new requirement that would strengthen existing CEB requirements related to commercial support and conflicts of interest. This proposed requirement is intended to ensure that CE courses are developed independent of commercial influence and that learners are informed of planners' and presenters' financial and nonfinancial relationships that might influence the content and/or presentation of courses. 

All CE Administrators and consultants will receive an e-mail with a link to the survey in late May. The survey will be available on ASHA's Web site in late May for anyone who did not receive the e-mail link and wishes to complete the survey.

Chair's Corner April 2010    Chair

This issue's "Chair's Corner" begins with a review of 2009, including statistical information comparing the past 3 years, followed by an overview of accomplishments in 2009, and continuing with current and ongoing projects for 2010. The column concludes by thanking three members of the CEB who completed terms on December 31, 2009, and welcoming four new members to the CEB who began terms on January 1, 2010.

Statistical Information Comparing 2009, 2008, and 2007 

Statistical Information 2009 2008 2007
Total number of ASHA CE providers 524 524 503
New CE providers:ApprovedIn application process  2712  28  32
Individuals with records on the CE Registry 181,436 173,364 165,704
Individuals using the CE Registry 91,907 86,750 79,757
Courses offered 23,614 19,033 15,561
Number of CEUs awarded 213,983 185,192 126,531
Transcripts issued 8,852 10,116 9,632
Award for Continuing Education awarded 4,797 (awarded through Nov.) 4,734 4,308

CEB and CE Department Staff Accomplishments for 2009 

  • Created and piloted an online Evidence-Based Continuing Education tutorial for CE Providers to access information on how to infuse evidence into CE course content.
  • Passed motions to:

                a) Limit the number of times a member can submit the same course title/course number to accumulate CEUs for ACE awards;

                b) Allow no more than one person to be a peer reviewer for self-study activities outside of audiology, speech-language pathology, and/or speech, language, and hearing science.

  • Provided input to the 2010 ASHA Public Policy Agenda.
  • Completed the CE Provider transition to use of the new ASHA Brand Block. The CEB approved a new, personalized CE Provider logo and promotional paragraph, known as the Brand Block, for use in promotional materials in 2008 to provide consistency of look and content across Continuing Education Providers. Widespread use of the Brand Block was completed in 2009.
  • Continued the CE participant form transition. Previously, CE participants could provide either their ASHA membership number or social security number as identifiers on CE participant forms. As of January 1, 2010, only ASHA account numbers will be accepted to address social security number privacy concerns.
  • Revised the online CE provider application following feedback from new CE Provider applicants.
  • Identified and targeted CE Registry marketing efforts as a source for increased revenues.
  • Continued implementation of the provider module in the netFORUM software platform.   
  • Completed the CEB 5-Year Review process consisting of 86 Continuing Education Providers.

 CEB and CE Department Staff Current and Ongoing Projects for 2010 

  • The CEB is initiating a process to strengthen requirements regarding continuing education planner and speaker/instructor conflict of interest and disclosure information.
  • The CEB is developing processes for widespread tutorial dispersement about how CE Providers can infuse evidence into CE course content.
  • The CEB is developing and will be approving accessibility guidelines for live presentations.
  • A CEB member continues to serve as a liaison to the Advisory Committee for Evidence-Based Practice (ACEBP) working closely with the ACEBP regarding speaker/instructor conflict of interest and disclosure information and infusion of evidence into continuing education course content.
  • The CEB and CE staff will be determining the role of ASHA CE for audiology and SLP Assistants.
  • CE staff is implementing a marketing plan to enhance use of the CE Registry.
  • CE staff is continuing ongoing incorporation of netFORUM to streamline processes and is developing new applications such as implementing ½ hour CE units.
  • CE staff is completing ongoing work with an outside vendor to develop a Web-based application to allow course registration filing online.
  • CE staff is continuing ongoing enhancements to the online CE Provider Manual.
  • CE staff is continuing ongoing enhancements to the Provider-Only section of the ASHA Web site.
  • CE staff is continuing ongoing production of the quarterly Intersections e-newsletter for Continuing Education Providers.

CEB Members Completing Terms in 2009 

The CEB thanks three members who completed 3-year terms on December 31, 2010: Sheryl Amaral, Jeanne Juenger, and Donna Spillman-Kennedy. Sheryl, Jeanne, and Donna were dedicated, hard-working, and enthusiastic Board participants whose expertise across employment settings and disciplines greatly enhanced the outcomes of the committees they chaired and participated in, as well as full Board projects on which they worked. 

Welcome to the Newest Members of the CEB

The CEB warmly welcomes four new members to the Board who began their 3-year terms on January 1, 2010: Kirsten Chiasson, Pauline Mashima, Valeria Matlock, and Theresa Rodgers.  Here is background information about our newest members:   

 Kirstin Chiasson, PhD, CCC-A

Kirstin earned her bachelor of arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She earned her master of arts in audiology from San Jose State University and her PhD in Communicative Disorders from the University of WisconsinMadison. Kirstin's career has included time as a university professor and as a pediatric audiologist in a large hospital setting, as well as work in a small rural private practice, work as a public health audiologist in British Columbia, Canada, and hospital administration. Kirstin is a pediatric audiologist who enjoys the challenge of clinical research, clinical administration, and professional team building.

Pauline Mashima, MA, CCC-SLP

Pauline received her master's degree in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Hawaii and is a doctoral candidate in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Cincinnati. She serves as chief of speech pathology in the Otolaryngology Service at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, and on the affiliate graduate faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. Pauline is an ASHA Fellow and was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Telepractice in Speech Language Pathology (2009), the Working Group on Telepractice (2003–2005), Continuing Education Board (2000–2002), and the Multicultural Issues Board (1992–1994). She served as president of the Hawaii Speech-Language-Hearing Association (1990–1991) and as a member of the State of Hawaii Speech Pathology and Audiology licensure board (1995–2002).

Valeria Roberts Matlock, EdD, CCC-A

Valeria Roberts Matlock received her postbaccalaureate degrees from Tennessee State University. Dr. Matlock worked as a clinical audiologist and clinical educator at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for 9 years. For the past 15 years, she has worked in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Tennessee State University, where she is an associate professor and coordinator of clinical services in audiology. Dr. Matlock has authored and co-authored research articles on the subject of hearing loss and sickle cell anemia. She is past president of the Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists, president-elect of the Board of Directors for the League for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Nashville), and member of the Tennessee Department of Health Board of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Theresa H. Rodgers, MA, CCC- SLP

Theresa H. Rodgers received her master's degree in speech-language pathology from Louisiana State University and also holds an Education Specialist's degree in Learning Disabilities from LSU. She has 31 years of experience in school-based services and is currently a supervisor of special education for the Ascension Parish School System in Gonzales, Louisiana. Theresa is a former president of the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (NCSB), for which she is currently a member of the Board of Directors. She has served five terms on the Louisiana licensure board and is the current Vice Chair. Theresa is on ASHA's Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council and is a former chair of ASHA's Council for Clinical Certification. She is an ASHA Fellow, an LSHA Fellow, and has also received the Honors of the Association from LSHA.

Next Issue 

Next issue's "Chair's Corner" will update CEB progress on our two largest projects: strengthening requirements regarding continuing education planner and speaker/instructor conflict of interest and disclosure information, and developing processes for communicating about how CE Providers can infuse evidence into CE course content. As always, please feel free to contact me with comments or feedback at [email protected].


Patti Solomon-Rice, Chair
ASHA Continuing Education Board

Intersections is developed and written by:
Karen Cohen, Clay Colbert-Dorsey, Joan Oberlin, and Carol Williams

Intersections is published by:
ASHA Continuing Education staff with the assistance of a volunteer advisory panel of ASHA Approved CE Providers:
Susan Almon Mantangos (Aegis Therapies, Inc.), Cory Parodayco (Career Improvement & Advancement Opportunities), Jeanane Ferre (ASHA Special Interest Divisions Audiology Coordinating Committee) and Mark Witkind (Center for Bilingual Speech and Language Disorders).

Managing Editor: Ellen Fagan

Continuing Education Board Members:
Patti Solomon-Rice (chair), Anthony Caruso, Kirstin Chiasson, Pauline Mashima, Valeria Roberts Matlock, Mary Purdy, Theresa Rodgers, Mary Ruth Sizer, Anne Marie Tharpe, Judith Wingate, Dennis Burrows (monitoring vice-president), Patricia Prelock (monitoring vice-president) and Ellen Fagan (ex officio) 

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