2016 ASHA Approved Continuing Education Provider Workshop Summary

The 2016 ASHA Approved Continuing Education (CE) Provider Workshop—which was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the 2016 ASHA Convention—included (1) a presentation on emerging needs of ASHA professionals and (2) a panel discussion regarding ethical decision making and the need for ethics continuing education. 

Emerging Needs of ASHA Professionals

The presentation provided a number of data points that ASHA CE Providers can use in conjunction with their own needs assessment findings. 

Expert Opinion Background 

Interviews of ASHA staff in the Academic Affairs and Research Education, Audiology, Federal and Political Advocacy, Health Care Policy and Advocacy, Multicultural Affairs, Speech-Language Pathology, and State Advocacy teams were conducted. ASHA CE staff asked the teams what issues ASHA members are asking about and what staff members view as areas in which education and guidance are needed.

The following themes emerged from ASHA staff interviews:

  • Advocacy
  • Counseling
  • Ethics
  • Interprofessional education/interprofessional collaborative practice
  • Reimbursement
  • Supervision
  • Telepractice
  • Various clinical practice–related issues/topics

View a summary [PDF] of the interviews for a complete listing of topics mentioned.


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ASHA Member and Affiliate Counts

Each year ASHA publishes data that include counts of members and affiliates along with demographics that include (1) breakdown by state and (2) employment characteristics. This may be useful when planning courses and selecting locations.

Additional ASHA Website Resources

Ethics Panel


Information on ethics is timely and important because a revised ASHA Code of Ethics was published in 2016. The Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology is currently considering a proposal to require individuals who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) to complete a minimum of 1 hour of continuing education in ethics as part of the 30 hours of professional development required to maintain ASHA certification. ASHA also is aware that the following states require ethics education for licensure renewal: Alabama, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The panel responded to the following four questions:

  • What areas do people need to know about related to ethics in our profession and interprofessionally?
  • What are the top things the ASHA Board of Ethics sees over and over again that could be addressed through CE?
  • What are top violations/concerns at the state level that could be addressed through CE?
  • What do licensure boards want to see in an ethics course?

The following article was mentioned by panel member as a resource: Chabon, S., & Morris, J. (2004, Feb. 17). A consensus model for making ethical decisions in a less-than-ideal world. The ASHA Leader, 9, 18–19. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1044/leader.MIW.09032004.18.

Ethics Panelists

Heather BuppHeather Bupp, Esq., ASHA Director of Ethics, provides ethical guidance to members, students, licensure boards, and the public through informal telephone/e-mail advice, continuing education, published articles, and presentations. She is counsel to the ASHA Board of Ethics for complaint adjudication. Heather has practiced law in various jurisdictions and settings, specializing in ethics/professional discipline, employment law, and legal technology. She is a 2009 Fellow of National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism (Atlanta, Georgia) and former Legal Ethics Counsel of District of Columbia Bar (Washington, DC). Heather can be reached at ethics@asha.org.

Valeria Roberts MatlockValeria Roberts Matlock, EdD, CCC-A, has worked as a clinical audiologist for 31 years. For the past 21 years, she has worked at Tennessee State University, where she is a professor and teaches a course on professional issues in communication sciences and disorders, in addition to audiology courses. Valeria served for 7 years on the Tennessee Licensure Board for Communication Disorders and Sciences, is past president of the Tennessee Academy of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (TAASLP), and is past chair of the TAASLP Foundation. Valeria is a Tennessee Technological University Administrative Leadership Exchange Fellow and currently serves on the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center’s Pathway for Career Advancement (PCA) Review Board. She is presently serving a second term on the ASHA Continuing Education Board (CEB) and will be CEB chair in 2017–2019. Valeria can be reached at vmatlock@tnstate.edu.

KerriKerri Phillips, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, is a professor and program director of the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology at Louisiana Tech University. Kerri holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from ASHA and is licensed to practice speech-language pathology in Louisiana. She is a past member of the Louisiana Licensure Board, having served as chair and vice chair. She currently serves on the ASHA Continuing Education Board and Advisory Council. Kerri is a member and current president of the Board of Directors of the National Council of the State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Kerri can be reached at kphillip@latech.edu.

Sherry SancibrianSherry Sancibrian, MS, CCC-SLP, is a University Distinguished Professor and Program Director for Speech-Language Pathology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She previously served as president of the National Council of State Boards of Examiners, presiding officer of the Texas State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and president of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is currently the presiding officer of the Texas Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Advisory Board and regularly provides continuing education to help Texas licensees meet the requirement for 2 hours of ethics education for license renewal. Sherry can be reached at sherry.sancibrian@ttuhsc.edu.

Gregg ThrontonGregg B. Thornton, Esq., is the executive director of the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. He was appointed by the Board in March 2009 and is responsible for managing board operations, board directives, and licensure requirements for more than 9,000 practitioners. Gregg has addressed a wide range of inquiries involving ethical dilemmas and ethical violations that resulted in formal disciplinary action. He was responsible for implementing the Board’s 2-hour ethics continuing education requirement, which took effect in 2015. He frequently presents and has co-authored on the topic of ethics and resolving ethical dilemmas related to speech-language pathology and audiology. Gregg graduated with honors from Howard University, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in political science, and received his J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is a licensed attorney with more than 25 years of experience in state government in the area of administrative law. Gregg is an affiliate member of ASHA and of the American Academy of Audiology. He is also a member of the National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The Ohio Speech-Language Hearing Association recognized Mr. Thornton in 2011 with its Award of Appreciation and in 2015 with its Advocacy Recognition Award. Gregg can be reached at Gregg.Thornton@slpaud.ohio.gov.

Glenn WaguespackGlenn Waguespack, MS, CCC-A, is a private practice audiologist in Louisiana. He is currently on the ASHA Board of Ethics, is chair of the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and is a CAA site visitor for ASHA. Glenn is past president and is currently on the Board of Directors of the National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Glenn has served on the ASHA Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC), was chair of the ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), and is a past chair of the ASHA Continuing Education Board. In addition to his volunteer service to ASHA and NCSB, he is very active in the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where he has received Fellow and Honors awards. Glenn is also an ASHA Fellow. Glenn can be reached at Audmath1@aol.com.

Amy L WeissAmy Weiss, PhD, CC-SLP, is a professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Rhode Island and serves as the graduate coordinator of their master of science in speech pathology program. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant recipient, Amy is also a Board-Recognized Specialist in Child Language (ASHA). She has authored or co-authored more than a dozen book chapters and 35 journal articles. She served as the chairperson of the Board of Division Coordinators for ASHA’s Special Interest Divisions (now Special Interest Groups [SIGs]) (2008–2010), coordinator of SIG 1, Language Learning and Education (2005–2007), a member of ASHA’s Scientific and Professional Education Board, and a frequent topic coordinator for ASHA’s Annual Convention. Amy has also served as the secretary of the International Fluency Association since 2006. Amy has served as chair of the ASHA Continuing Education Board from 2014 to 2016. Amy can be reached at ayluswis7@gmail.com.

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