August 2017

Intersections is the quarterly e-newsletter distributed to ASHA Approved Continuing Education Providers to connect and exchange ideas in order to better accomplish their continuing education activities.

In this issue:


Save the Date: ASHA CE Provider Workshop

The ASHA Continuing Education Board (CEB) invites you to the ASHA Approved CE Provider Workshop in November. Here are the details:

  • Location: ASHA Convention, Los Angeles, California
  • Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
  • Time: 5:00 p.m.–8:15 p.m.

Please join the CEB, CE staff, and colleagues for dinner, dessert, networking, and discussion. Melanie Hudson, member of the ASHA Board of Directors and an engaging speaker, will talk about the need for CE courses focused on supervision skills. Don't miss it!

Look for your invitation in September 2017, but mark your calendar now.

Join Us, Exhibitors!

Reach nearly 15,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists who are looking for everyday solutions using your products, services, and information. Our Exhibit Hall is the thriving commercial center and marketplace of the ASHA Convention, and attendees are ready to buy. Learn more about exhibiting, and sign up today!


Planning Ahead: Developing Courses on Supervision

Did you know that supervision is a hot topic for audiologists and speech-language pathologists? Recently, the ASHA Ad Hoc Committee on Supervision Training issued a comprehensive report [PDF] that identified the skills and knowledge needed by supervisors of five different constituent groups: clinical educators of graduate students, preceptors of audiology interns, mentors of clinical fellows, supervisors of support personnel, and supervisors of professionals transitioning to a new area of practice or those reentering the professions. By 2019, ASHA will start requiring Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) holders who supervise students or clinical fellows to have first taken a supervision course. In addition, several state regulatory boards require additional training related to supervision.

Where will audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) look to find CE courses that meet their needs? They will be looking for courses offered by ASHA Approved CE Providers! 

We want to help you get ready. ASHA Continuing Education (CE) added new resources to its website to help you develop CE courses in supervision.

  1. Topics for Supervision Training* [PDF] – This document details the topic areas, knowledge, and skills applicable to each of the five constituent groups. It is also a resource for developing supervision-focused continuing education.
  2. Self-Assessment of Competencies in Supervision* [PDF] – This self-assessment evaluates current knowledge and skills in supervision and helps determine what additional training is necessary for current and future supervisors.
  3. Graphic for Supervision Training* [PDF] – This word cloud graphic represents the most common words and topics related to supervision and supervision training. Consider placing it in marketing materials for your supervision courses.

*These documents may all be reproduced and redistributed, as is or with adaptations, without prior permission, provided that all such uses include the following statement: ©2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. From A Plan for Developing Resources and Training Opportunities in Clinical Supervision [final report of the ASHA Ad Hoc Committee on Supervision Training], May 2016. Retrieved from www.asha.org.  

In addition to the new resources on our website, supervision will be the topic of discussion at the 2017 CE Provider Workshop. We will have a guest speaker with expertise related to supervision, and members of the ASHA Continuing Education Board (CEB) will be there to answer questions you may have related to planning CE courses focused on supervision. 

Not sure what new skills and knowledge your participants may need related to supervision? Now would be a good time to do a needs assessment. Ask your participants questions to determine if they are part of one or more of the five different supervision constituent groups, and what new skills and knowledge they  need to acquire. Do a little research about state and local regulations that may impact your participants. For example, do state licensure laws require audiologists or SLPs to complete a continuing education course related to supervision? Are there state or local regulations related to professionals who supervise SLP Assistants?

To encourage more courses in the area of supervision (subject code 7080 – Supervision and Clinical Education), we will be giving away $100 Amazon gift cards. Here’s how it works! We will hold a drawing on December 31, 2017, for supervision courses registered between the dates of January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017. Additional drawings will be held on June 15, 2018 (for courses registered between January 1, 2018, and June 15, 2018) and December 31, 2018 (for courses registered between June 16, 2018, and December 31, 2018). 

Still have questions about developing supervision courses? Contact your Provider Manager.

New York Updates Its Requirements: Details Regarding ASHA CEUs

The New York State Department of Education (NYSED) has updated its Continuing Teacher and Leader Education Requirements (CTLE) in response to ASHA’s request to accept ASHA continuing education units (CEUs) as acceptable CTLE.

Please see http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/CTLE.html and the excerpt below.

"Speech and Language Disabilities Professional Certificate Holders, please note: Courses taken from an approved American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) CE provider are acceptable towards meeting the CTLE requirement as long as they are documented with the ASHA CE Registry. One ASHA CEU equals 10 hours of CTLE."


New Workbook Helps You Calculate ASHA CEUs!

Calculating ASHA CEUs no longer requires a pencil and your third grade math skills! Use the CEU Calculation Workbook [XLS] to calculate the correct ASHA CEU amount for new courses you create! You'll notice that the workbook contains two worksheets: one for courses with nonconcurrent sessions and one for courses with concurrent sessions. When you've used the CEU Calculation Workbook, please be sure to attach it to your course submission when using the Online Course and Offering Registration System.

Communicating About and Promoting Courses

Use the Course Promotional Materials and Learner Communications Checklist [DOC] to ensure that your organization is meeting ASHA's CEB requirements related to informing learners about your policies and courses. Consider using the checklist to conduct an audit of your website and to obtain registration confirmations, brochure templates, and other communication vehicles that you can use to share information about your CE program and courses with learners. 

New Language Regarding Increased ASHA CE Registry Fee

The ASHA CE Registry fee will be increasing in 2018. Here is approved language to use in your brochures and websites: 

Payment of an annual ASHA CE Registry fee is required in order for you to earn ASHA CEUs. CE Registry fees are paid by the participant directly to ASHA. The annual CE Registry fee allows you to earn an unlimited number of ASHA CEUs for the calendar year. The 2017 fee is $25 for ASHA/NSSLHA members and $35 for nonmembers; the 2018 fee is $28 for ASHA/NSSLHA members and $38 for nonmembers. Contact ASHA (800-498-2071) to pay your CE Registry fee.

Updating of Requirement 9.8

The CEB recently updated Requirement 9.8 to read as follows: "The continuing education course is of sufficient duration to achieve the stated learning outcomes. A course offering may not last longer than 12 months and must start and end in the same calendar year." This applies to all course types, including independent study.

Acceptable Names and Formats for File Uploads when Registering Online

Approximately, 520 ASHA Approved CE Providers use the Online Course and Offering Registration platform to submit course registrations. Recently some of those users were experiencing trouble uploading files with course registration submissions. It is important to remember there are only two (2) acceptable file formats – Word (.doc) or Adobe (.pdf).

Do not use spaces or symbols in the file names (e.g., #, &, %, $, @). ASHA CE cannot open documents that have names with spaces or symbols. However, you may use an underscore (_) where you would otherwise leave a space.

Here are some examples of acceptable file formats and document names:

  • 3_Learning_Outcomes.doc
  • PromoMaterialsAZBA1122.doc
  • timeorderedagenda.pdf

Do not use the following in your document file names:

  • Symbols such as: #, &, %, $,@
  • Spaces


Intersections is developed and written by:
Clayonia Colbert-Dorsey, Jillian Henderson, Joan Oberlin, Brandi Wilkins, Zachary Roach, and Anne Scott

Intersections is published by:
ASHA Continuing Education staff with the assistance of a volunteer advisory panel of ASHA Approved CE Providers: Wayne Secord (Red Rock Publications), Donna Spillman Kennedy (Selective Mutism Anxiety Research & Treatment Center), Susan Almon-Matangos (Aegis Therapies, Inc.), Cory Tompkins (Career Improvement & Advancement Opportunities), and Mark Witkind (Witkind Associates)

Managing Editors: Joan Oberlin, Ellen Fagan

Continuing Education Board Members:
Valeria Matlock (chair), Tracy Ball, Kyle Epps, Ana Claudia Harten, Miguel Montiel, Kerrilyn Rogers Phillips, Tanya Shores, Julie Verhoff, Joseph Montano (Board of Directors liaison), Barbara Jacobson (Board of Directors liaison), and Ellen Fagan (ex officio)

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