Section 3: Resources
This section describes a variety of resources available on ASHA's Web site to help you plan courses that meet the needs of SLPs and audiologists. It also explains the difference between professional certification and a CE "certificate" program.
Most of the referenced resources are on the member-only portion of ASHA's site. If you are not an ASHA member, your CE consultant will be able to access them.
What course content is within the scope of practice for SLPs or audiologists?
ASHA's Web site offers many resources to assist you with planning courses that are within an audiologist's or SLP's scope of practice. Below are two areas that may be of special interest:
- ASHA Practice Policy: Use this section to view ASHA's official documents, including cardinal documents (Code of Ethics, Scopes of Practice) as well as practice policy documents for audiology and speech-language pathology. Reference documents include knowledge and skills statements, technical reports, position statements and relevant papers.
- eCurriculum Resource Packets: Use these packets to find a variety of ASHA resources based on curriculum topic. Each packet includes selected topic-related policy documents, publications and additional resources with infused content related to ethics, cultural competence, evidence-based practice, research, reimbursement, marketing, professional development and consumer education.
Search tip: To locate resources quickly on a particular topic, such as autism or auditory processing disorders, simply enter that topic in the search box at the top of the ASHA Web site.
What content is appropriate for multidisciplinary audiences?
ASHA Approved CE Providers should carefully evaluate whether the course's multidisciplinary audience has the prerequisite education and background to successfully implement the techniques or procedures to be presented. For guidance, read Educating Other Professionals About What Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists Do (see Resource box).
What is the difference between professional certification and a certificate program?
Professional certification is the voluntary process by which a non-governmental entity grants a time-limited recognition and use of a credential to an individual after verifying that he or she has met predetermined and standardized criteria.* ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence is a professional certification.
A certificate program is a training program on a specialized topic for which participants receive certification after completing the course and passing an assessment instrument. Note: This is not to be confused with the commonly used "certificate of attendance" given at the completion of many continuing education courses to validate attendance.
*Reprinted by permission of the National Organization for Competency Assurance
Is there any guidance for developing programs that offer "certification" in a particular technique or procedure?
Certificate programs are a growing segment of the continuing education marketplace. As mentioned above, these programs generally recognize a relatively narrow scope of specialized knowledge used in performing duties or tasks required by a certain profession or occupation. Before developing and marketing a training program that offers a certificate or a certification in a particular technique or procedure, examine the following:
- Is there an educational need for the program?
- How will the program content be validated by experts?
- What will be used as the learning assessment to award the certificate?
- What organizations recognize the certificate?
- How will the value and acceptance of the certificate program be accurately communicated?
If you offer a certificate program and register it for ASHA CEUs, all promotional materials should clearly communicate that, although ASHA CEUs may be offered, ASHA does not endorse any course content, specific products, certificate programs or clinical procedures.
What is evidence-based continuing education?
Continuing education events are the primary source where professionals obtain information about current theory, methods and practice. Therefore, the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association encourages ASHA Approved CE Providers, course presenters, and planners to infuse current, high-quality evidence into continuing education course content.
In evidence-based continuing education sessions, the presenter:
- provides the best available, current evidence to support a particular practice or guideline
- provides a citation for each component on the slides or handouts
- provides information on the slides that is directly linked to the references (a reference list as a final slide or provided to the audience is not sufficient)
In addition, one must keep in mind that instructors are selected because of their expertise and/or experience in a particular area. Therefore, just as in EBP, presenters of EB CE offerings combine their expertise and experience with the best available, current evidence to guide the presentation.
What current topics and issues are important to SLPs and audiologists?
Find out by visiting the ASHA Web site pages dedicated specifically to speech-language pathology issues or audiology issues. These pages discuss clinical topics as well as professional practice issues. You can also browse the ASHA discussion forums to see what SLPs and audiologists are talking about right this minute!
Is there a way to access current and past issues of ASHA's journals?
ASHA members now have access to the archived full-journal content of ASHA's journals dating back to 1980. The journals are hosted by High Wire Press, a site that allows you to search 900+ High Wire journals in addition to ASHA's journals.
What are ASHA's position statements?
Position statements are ASHA's official policy documents and can be found in ASHA Practice Policy. They are approved and ratified by our governing bodies. All courses registered for ASHA CEUs are reviewed in light of these position statements.
Has the CEB addressed any position statements as they relate to courses offered for ASHA CEUs?
The CEB has addressed the position statement on Auditory Integration Training and its impact on courses offered for ASHA CEUs.
What is the Auditory Integration Training (AIT) Position Statement?
The Auditory Integration Training Position Statement was adopted by the Legislative Council in 2004. It states that:
"...AIT, a method proposed for treating a variety of auditory and nonauditory disorders, [is] experimental in nature and [has] not yet met scientific standards as a mainstream treatment."
It also states that:
"...well-designed, institutionally approved, research protocols designed to assess the efficacy of AIT are encouraged."
CEA Carmen asks:
What are the CEB's guidelines for planning courses on AIT that will be offered for ASHA CEUs?
The CEB offers the following guidelines to ASHA Approved CE Providers:
- ASHA will accept, register and grant ASHA CEUs for presentations that address research in AIT on the condition that Providers print a disclaimer in marketing materials and read a disclaimer at the beginning of each presentation stating ASHA's position that AIT has not been shown to meet scientific standards for efficacy that would currently justify its usage. Submit an abstract of the AIT research presentation with your course registration materials.
- ASHA will not accept, register, or grant ASHA CEUs for courses that promote, encourage, or demonstrate how to practice AIT.
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