American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Transparency Scenarios

These scenarios are intended to heighten ASHA Approved CE Provider's awareness of transparency issues in course planning, delivery and marketing. Consider working through these scenarios with your CE staff to generate discussion and ideas about how your organization can better meet the spirit of Requirement 3: Transparency in Course Planning, Delivery and Marketing.

Suggested exercise:

  • Step 1: Read each scenario. Highlight the phrases that raise questions about transparency issues and that you'd want to discuss further with the instructor(s), planner(s), and financial and in-kind supporter(s).
  • Step 2: Have the group discuss the transparency issues that should be addressed with planner(s), instructor(s) and financial and in-kind supporter(s).
  • Step 3: Review the Continuing Education Board's interpretation and application of Requirement 3 to each scenario.
  • Step 4: Discuss ideas for continuing to improve your organization's processes related to Requirement 3.

Scenario 1: Mary Jane and ABC, Inc.

Mary Jane is presenting on the use of a device manufactured by ABC, Inc. to remediate articulation disorders. ABC, Inc. requires clinicians to be trained on the use of the device and credentialed through their course of study. Mary Jane has completed ABC Inc.'s training and is an enthusiastic user of this device.

ASHA Approved CE Provider, Good to Great Therapy invited Mary Jane to present a session on articulation therapy in which she will focus exclusively on the use of the ABC device. On her disclosure form she has indicated that she has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationship with ABC, Inc. or the device it manufactures.

ABC, Inc. also happens to be a conference sponsor and an exhibitor. They have offered to pay Mary Jane's travel expenses and conference registration. ABC, Inc. has offered to make 20 devices available for use during the Mary Jane's session.

Scenario 2: Dr. Jones and her private practice

Dr. Jones, an SLP from XYZ University, is an invited speaker at a conference offered by ASHA Approved CE Provider PDQ University. Dr Jones will present on a diagnostic procedure used with individuals with traumatic brain injuries.

She has co-authored several scholarly articles about the procedure and uses it fairly exclusively in her private practice. Her co-presenter is her husband who holds an MBA and is the business manager for her practice but he is not a co-author of the research articles nor is he an SLP.

Dr. Jones has requested that course promotional materials be sent directly to SLPs working in rehab settings. She also mentioned that she plans to display information (i.e., business cards, brochures, podium banner, and giveaways with her business logo) regarding her private practice services during the session. Her business manager will be present to talk about the private practice and how to make referrals to the practice.

Scenario 3: Sally Smith and the iPad app

Sally Smith has developed an innovative app (i.e., an application) for iPad usage. She has used it with many students and has collected data providing evidence of its benefit for children with autism. She has shared this app with other SLPs in her district who also rave about its benefits.

Sally has approached the Out of This World Speech-Language Company to market her app. The app will be featured in the next company catalog and the company has purchased an ad to market the app in the next issue of the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSHA) e-newsletter.

Sally was approached by OSHA to present a technical session at its spring conference about utilizing iPads in therapy. She wants to include her new application in her presentation. She would like to offer a discount to conference attendees for ordering the app at the conference. Out of This World Speech-Language Company is not exhibiting at the conference.

CEB interpretation and application of Requirement 3 [PDF]

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