Clinical Specialty Certification in Supervision The Petitioning Group for Specialty Certification in Supervision is pleased to announce that we have initiated a long-awaited goal. Based on a 66% favorable response rate from the SIG 11, May 2016 survey and a strong recommendation from the 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Ad Hoc Committee on Supervision ... Article
Article  |   April 19, 2017
Clinical Specialty Certification in Supervision
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  • Judith Brasseur
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, California State University, Chico, CA
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Professional Issues & Training / Part 1
Article   |   April 19, 2017
Clinical Specialty Certification in Supervision
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2017, Vol. 2, 3-6. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG11.3
History: Received March 27, 2017 , Accepted March 30, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2017, Vol. 2, 3-6. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG11.3
History: Received March 27, 2017; Accepted March 30, 2017
The Petitioning Group for Specialty Certification in Supervision is pleased to announce that we have initiated a long-awaited goal. Based on a 66% favorable response rate from the SIG 11, May 2016 survey and a strong recommendation from the 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Ad Hoc Committee on Supervision Training (AHCST), the Stage 1 application for specialty certification in supervision was submitted to The Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology's (CFCC) Committee on Clinical Specialty Certification (CCSC) January 6, 2017.
For more than 30 years, ASHA has officially recognized supervision as a specialized area requiring knowledge and a unique skill set beyond that needed for clinical competence. As the 1978, the ASHA Committee on Supervision noted, “Speech-language pathologists and audiologists have been involved in supervision since the beginning of the profession. Indeed, supervision seems to have been one component that has affected everyone in the profession at some time.” Approval of the 1985 Position Statement on Clinical Supervision in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology legitimized supervision as a distinct area of expertise and practice and stipulated that special skills need to be developed to be a competent and effective supervisor. Achieving clinical competence does not imply that one has the special skills needed to be a competent supervisor; effective supervision requires a set of unique knowledge and skills (ASHA 1985, 2008a, 2008b, 2008c, 2013, 2016; Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2013).
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