American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Information for Clinical Fellowship (CF) Mentoring SLPs

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide meaningful mentoring and feedback to the clinical fellow.
  • Assist the clinical fellow in developing independent clinical skills.
  • Perform ongoing formal evaluations, using the Clinical Fellowship Skills Inventory [PDF].
  • Conduct the required minimum mentoring obligations. These include 6 hours of direct supervision per segment (each segment is one-third of the length of the fellowship) and 6 indirect monitoring activities per segment, typically including reviewing diagnostic reports/treatment records/plans of treatment, monitoring clinical fellow's participation in case conferences or professional meetings, and/or evaluating the clinical fellow's work by consulting with colleagues or clients and their families.
  • Maintain current certification with ASHA during the entire CF period through timely payment of annual dues as well as completing required professional development hours.
  • Complete and submit the Clinical Fellowship Report and Rating Form [PDF] to the ASHA National Office no later than 4 weeks after the CF is completed.

Providing Feedback

The main purpose of the Clinical Fellowship is to improve the clinical effectiveness of the clinical fellow. The mentoring SLP must provide performance feedback to the clinical fellow throughout the CF. Feedback and goal-setting require two-way communication whereby both the mentoring SLP and the clinical fellow share important information about the clinical fellow's performance of clinical activities. A specific time should be set aside for each performance feedback session at the end of each of the three segments of the CF. This session should be used to identify performance strengths and weaknesses and, through discussion and goal-setting, to assist the clinical fellow in developing the required skills.

If the mentoring SLP anticipates at any time during the CF that the clinical fellow under supervision will fail to meet requirements, the mentoring SLP must counsel the clinical fellow (both verbally and in writing) and maintain written records of all contacts and conferences over the ensuing months. If the CF experience is terminated at any time before completion of the CF, or if the mentoring SLP does not recommend approval of the CF experience at the end of the CF, he/she must so indicate in Section 7 of the Clinical Fellowship Report and Rating Form. Within 30 days of making the negative recommendation, the mentoring SLP must submit to the CFCC: (a) a letter of explanation and supporting documentation, and (b) a signed Clinical Fellowship Report and Rating Form [PDF] completed for the portion of the CF he/she supervised. This information must be shared with the clinical fellow. Following a negative recommendation, the clinical fellow may complete an entirely new CF, a portion of the CF, and/or request an appeal by the CFCC.

Mentoring SLP Qualifications

If the clinical fellow expects to use the hours/experiences to apply for ASHA certification, the mentoring SLP must be an individual

  • who holds a current CCC-SLP;
  • whose ASHA certification is maintained throughout the entire CF experience;
  • who is not related in any manner to the clinical fellow.

Mentor/Supervisor Resource

Responsibilities of Individuals Who Mentor Clinical Fellows in Speech-Language Pathology [Issues in Ethics statement]

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