Volume 3, Number 3 March 2012
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.
From Special Interest Divisions to Special Interest Groups – Update on Recent Restructuring
Special Interest Divisions underwent a major restructuring in 2011. Now called Special Interest Groups (SIGs), the 16 former Divisions and several new SIGs are working with ASHA Professional Development (as their CE Provider) to continue and expand CE programming for ASHA CEUs.
From 1993 through May of 2011, the Divisions/SIGs as CE Providers offered their member publication, Perspectives, as a self-study activity for their affiliates and sponsored pre-Convention workshops for CE credit available to all, with reduced registration fees for affiliates of the SIG sponsors.
We greatly appreciate the outstanding work of the SIG CE Administrators (CEAs), all volunteers, who have contributed to the professional development of SIG affiliates specifically and of the broader ASHA membership as well. It is in part due to their efforts that, since January 2011, more than 1,000 SIG affiliates have received ASHA's Award for Continuing Education (ACE)!
Thank you, CEAs!
- SIG 1, Language Learning and Education (ASHA Approved CE Provider since 1998): Erin Taylor-Stone, Judith Vander Woude, Sharon Ringwalt, Robin Blumberg, Herease Frazier, Kenn Apel
- SIG 2, Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders (ASHA Approved CE Provider since 1993): James Mitch, Lisa Modell, Margaret Blake, Janet Patterson, Leora Cherney, Michael Kimbarow
- SIG 3, Voice and Voice Disorders (ASHA Approved CE Provider since 2004): Shelley Von Berg
- SIG 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders (ASHA Approved CE Provider since 2006): Lynne Shields, Vivian Sisskin
- SIG 5, Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders (ASHA Approved CE Provider since 2004): Kerry Mandulak, Dennis Ruscello, Anne Kummer
- Audiology Coordinating Committee (ASHA Approved CE Provider since 2004 for SIG 6, Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics; SIG 7, Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation; SIG 8, Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance/formerly Division 8, Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology; SIG 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood): Pamela Jackson, Sridhar Krishnamurti, Jeanane Ferre
- SIG 10, Issues in Higher Education (ASHA Approved CE Provider since 2006): Patti Solomon-Rice, Lisa Scott
- SIG 11, Administration and Supervision (ASHA Approved CE Provider since 2000): Marva Mount, Carol Dudding, Elaine Ledwon-Robinson
- SIG 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ASHA Approved CE Provider since 1999): Sarah Scarborough, Julie Scherz, Amy Finch
- SIG 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (ASHA Approved CE Provider since 2002): Julie Blair, Laurie Sterling, Alice Inman, Susan Butler, Donna Lundy, Pamela Smith
- SIG 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations (ASHA Approved CE Provider since 2002): Danai Kasambria Fannin, Debra Vigil, Ann Derr, Kelly Nett Cordero, Elise Davis-McFarland
- SIG 15, Gerontology (ASHA Approved CE Provider since 2004): Anne Gilbertson, Cecelia Lux, Susan Goldfein, Rosemary Lubinski
- SIG 16, School-Based Issues (ASHA Approved CE Provider since 2002): Lisa Keane, Nena Germany-Greer
Reach Customers With Direct Mail
After word of mouth, ASHA members rank direct mail #1. According to the latest ASHA Readership Survey, conducted in June 2010, 70% of members find direct mail very important/important as a tool for finding CE opportunities. When you make your marketing plans, don't forget about direct mail. As an ASHA CE Provider, you can access ASHA's membership through our direct mail program and receive a special discount. ASHA has more than 100,000 names available for purchase and more than 100 different ways to target the membership. You can customize your list by employment setting, position type, population served, zip code, specialty area, and many other categories. New this year is the Free Online Count Request Tool. Check it out by visiting the ASHA/NSSLHA Mailing List webpage.
Transparency at Your Fingertips!
"All of the documents you need to complete...i.e., the [transparency] application addendum are available on the CE Provider website of ASHA so it was pretty straightforward..."
Mary Hooper, CEA, from the CE Providers Community
Fire up your computer and let your fingers take you to the new transparency resources on the ASHA website. You'll find any help you may need in developing your transparency processes and creating disclosure forms for instructional personnel, as well as resources that will help you educate your presenters and CE staff, too.
Meeting the requirement for transparency involves:
Take advantage of the ASHA CE Provider Online Community to read about what other Providers are doing and to ask your questions about transparency. Your colleagues are quickly developing practical experience and have useful ideas for transitioning into a transparency-compliant organization.
More than 120 of your colleagues have already submitted the application addendum [DOC]. Submit your addendum soon and join the group of ASHA Approved CE Providers who are "early adopters" leading the way to incorporating transparency in course planning, delivery, and marketing.
The application addendum is due by July 1, 2012. That's only 4 months away, so don't delay; get this project underway!
Course Offering Rosters and the New Eligibility Requirement
You will notice changes to your course offering rosters with the implementation of the new eligibility requirements that took place on July 1, 2011, where individuals must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:
- ASHA Member (includes Life Member and International Affiliates)
- ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) holder
- licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology or audiology
- credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology or audiology
- credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology or audiology
- engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual holding the ASHA CCC
- currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program in speech-language pathology or audiology
When a CEU participant form is submitted to the ASHA CE Registry, we attempt to award ASHA CEUs; however, if the individual reported does not have documented eligibility on file to earn ASHA CEUs, ASHA CE Registry staff reach out to the individual to obtain documentation. During that waiting period, ASHA CEUs are not awarded and the participant is not invoiced for the annual ASHA CE Registry fee.
When you receive your course roster and there are individuals who require an update of eligibility information, you will see a discrepancy between the number of ASHA CEU Participant forms you submitted and the number of names on the roster. Although we record receipt of ASHA CE participation information for each individual by including his or her name on the course roster, we do not include in the total count those participants for whom we have not received eligibility documentation.
When reconciling the roster with what you reported,
- Please verify that all of the names you submitted appear beginning on page 2 of the roster.
- If all of the names on the roster match your records, but the section that totals the number of ASHA CEU Participant forms is less, it is likely that one or more of the participants reported have not been awarded ASHA CEUs, because eligibility documentation has not been submitted.
- As long as the names match, you do not need to notify the registry of the discrepancy in the number.
- Please inform us of any errors or omissions by the date printed on your course offering roster. Submit roster corrections by logging into the CE Administrator and Consultant information section of the ASHA website. Under the Forms heading, select Roster Corrections.
For more information about the role of the ASHA Approved Provider in determining eligibility to earn ASHA CEUs, visit the CE Administrator and Consultant information section of the ASHA website.
New ASHA CE Online Course and Offering Registration Form!
The new Online Course and Offering Registration Form is now available on the ASHA CE website. The form can be used by all CE Administrators for courses of all types, except Independent Studies. Use of the online form is optional—an alternative to faxing or mailing course registration forms and required attachments. It follows exactly the same order as the paper Course and Offering Registration Form in use since 2011. Review Frequently Asked Questions and the Quick Guide [PDF] for more information on how to use the online form, which offers many benefits.
- You can enter information and save the draft so you can edit it at your convenience.
- You can create the course description in a Word document and then copy and paste it into the form. Or, you can type the course description on the form.
- You can create the required attachments in Word or scan documents into PDF files and upload the files using the form. The form allows you to browse your own computer files to locate and upload attachments.
- You receive e-mail confirmation when
- we receive your course registration form and
- we complete the review and accept the course for registration.
- Login is easy. Your login ID is your 4-letter provider code.
- The form calculates the fee for you if you are registering a cooperative offering with an organization that is not an ASHA approved CE Provider.
- The form provides a list of courses you have Saved for Edit Later and courses you have Submitted.
CE Administrators who participated in the pilot testing gave us excellent feedback that we used to improve the form. Here are some comments from CEAs in our pilot test group:
- "I like doing these online. The more you do, the better you get at them. It helped us to make a list of items we needed to put together prior to starting the online process."
- "You might reiterate that the only thing really changing, from the paperwork-preparer's point of view, is that the course submission/registration is done online."
- "We have found the electronic mode to be very useful. We made one suggestion early on, and you implemented it. It was that if we have the information in an already existing PDF file, then we do not have to give you multiple files for outcomes, description, agenda, etc."
- "I like that after you pick how many offerings you have, it gives you the offering # (i.e., -001, -002, etc.)."
- "Despite a few things we recommended for improvement, this online submission process is FAR superior to the other methods. I previously faxed all of my CE applications, which would require me to print all the documents out, print a cover page, fax, then wait for the fax confirmation, then wait for the actual course confirmation. Using the online submission, we receive confirmation right away that the course was submitted, and although I am still printing out the confirmation, I am saving paper because I will no longer print the required attachments, fax cover page, etc."
- "Links were self-explanatory and easy to navigate."
We hope you'll give the new online course registration form a try. If you have questions, please contact your Provider Manager.
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: Marva Mount (EBS Healthcare), Wayne Secord (Red Rock Publications); Donna Spillman Kennedy (Selective Mutism Anxiety Research & Treatment Center), Susan Almon Mantangos (Aegis Therapies, Inc.), Cory Parodayco (Career Improvement & Advancement Opportunities), and Mark Witkind (Witkind Associates)
Managing Editors: Joan Oberlin, Ellen Fagan
Continuing Education Board Members:
Pauline Mashima (chair), Linda Carroll, Kirstin Chiasson, Twhanna Green, Sherri Lovelace Brooks, Pamela Jackson, Valeria Matlock, Mona Ryan, Amy Weiss, Allan Diefendorf (monitoring vice-president), Jennifer Watson (monitoring vice-president) and Ellen Fagan (ex officio)
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