American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Selecting a Clinical Fellowship (CF) Setting

Before Selecting A Setting

  • Contact your state regulatory agency/licensing board for licensure requirements.
  • Ensure the setting will provide you with the opportunity to evaluate, habilitate, or rehabilitate individuals with speech and language disabilities.
  • Confirm that at least 80% of your time will be spent on activities directly related to the care and management of individuals with speech and language disorders.
  • Verify that the setting provides the full range of services-not solely screening.
  • Find out if a clinical fellow is considered to be a bona fide staff member.

Questions To Ask

  • What previous experience does the employer have with hiring clinical fellows? Have these been positive experiences? Did they run into problems? If so, what were they and how were these problems resolved?
  • How many other clinical fellows will be in this setting?
  • Will the setting or employer provide a mentoring SLP, or do you need to find your own? If they assign a mentor, do you have the opportunity to meet with this individual prior to the actual beginning date of the experience? If you need to find your own mentor, do they have suggestions or can they offer help?
  • Do you need to sign a contract with the site? If so, are there penalties for early termination of the contract? What are they?
  • Does the setting have a procedure for resolving problems that may occur between a supervisor and a clinical fellow?
  • What is the "chain of command" in the setting? What are the particular policies and procedures in effect in this setting?
  • Can you talk with individuals who are currently engaged in a CF experience to get their feedback and impressions of the site?
  • At the conclusion of a CF successful experience, is there a possibility that you could become a permanent employee?

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