Candidate for Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology: Wren S. Newman, CCC-SLP

Why are you running for Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology on the ASHA Board of Directors?


The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:

What is your top priority if elected to the ASHA Board of Directors?

If elected as vice president of standards and ethics in speech-language pathology, I recognize all of the areas falling under this position are important. However, I believe the area of ethics becomes a top priority at this point in time. With the numbers of speech-language pathologists and audiologists continuing to grow, concerns relative to ethical behavior will likely increase in number and significance. The requirement of one hour of continuing education in ethics for certification maintenance is a significant step forward. Consideration of additional ways to promote the importance of ethical and legal behavior is of particular importance as areas of practice, such as patient/client privacy, changes in health care, and increased utilization of social media become more complex.

Wren S. Newman, SLPD, CCC-SLP, is Chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She teaches the university's Seminar in Professional Issues at the master's level. Prior to her position at NSU, she was a clinician at Easter Seals in Broward County, Florida, and subsequently was named Director of the Speech-Language Pathology department. During her time at Easter Seals, she had the opportunity to supervise clinical fellows and developed an interest in the supervisory process. Her initial position at NSU was Clinical Supervisor for Graduate Students in Speech-Language Pathology, and, after several years, she was named Clinic Director.

Dr. Newman has an extensive history of service to ASHA. She began her service on the Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC). She was Editor of Perspectives on Administration and Supervision (which, at the time, was the SIG 11 newsletter), and then she served on the Steering Committee of SIG 11. She was named Coordinator for SIG 11 in 2005. She has been a member of the ASHA Academic Affairs Board, served on ASHA's Board of Ethics, and was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Guidelines for the Clinical Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology. She was named to the Ad Hoc Committee on Governance Review. In 2018, she volunteered to serve on the ASHFoundation University Giving Program and is the ambassador from NSU. Most recently, she served on the ASHA Committee on Nominations and Elections and is presently serving on the Committee on Leadership Cultivation.

Dr. Newman's areas of interest center on supervision and ethics, and she has presented at several state and national conventions on this topic. She is on the Advisory Board of speechpathology.com. She recently authored a chapter on ethics in clinical education and supervision in the book, Supervisory Process in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (2nd ed). She was named an ASHA Fellow in 2006.

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