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Telesupervision: The Supervision Revolution

by Melissa Jones
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The requirements for supervising a clinical fellow can seem daunting at first. If you’re experiencing difficulties figuring out how to fit in your clinical fellow with all your other job responsibilities, consider telesupervision.

What is telesupervision?

Telesupervision is supervising your clinical fellow through a secure, live video connection. If you use programs like Skype or Facetime, then you’ve experienced the concept. The supervisor and fellow can videochat as needed, but, in addition, supervisors can use video—be sure to mute your microphone—to observe a clinician at work, just as if you are there. This allows clinical fellows to receive more accurate and constructive feedback on their interactions with patients.

What are the benefits of telesupervision?

  • Telesupervision allows for more independence for the clinical fellow, while still maintaining a consistent mentorship relationship.
  • Using this technology helps provide access to treatment in rural areas by allowing SLPs to supervise fellows working in facilities previously too far away for in-person supervision.
  • Digital supervision allows a fellow to travel to a different city where they want to consider working and moving, while completing their clinical fellowship requirements.
  • Telesupervision cuts down on travel time from facility to facility, giving more time for supervisors to concentrate on other aspects of mentoring.

How do clinical fellows feel about it?

Clinical fellows enrolled in telesupervision programs usually appreciate access to consistent support and feedback, while maintaining their independence. They can test their knowledge as a clinician and still rely on someone more experienced to let them know if they’re on the right track, suggest a different approach or help them problem-solve.

What else should I know about telesupervision?

In order to experience what telesupervision offers, you’ll want to find a staffing company or facility using this technology. Additionally, a telesupervision video feed must be Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act/Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act/Children’s Online Privacy Protection Actcompliant, and the state where the fellow practices must allow the use of telesupervision during the clinical fellowship.

Consistent mentorship and feedback is an important part of the clinical fellowship. Telesupervision is a way for mentors to provide consistent support, while alleviating some of the time commitment challenges associated with mentoring a clinical fellow.

 

Melissa Jones, MS, CCC-SLP, is the clinical director at Advanced Travel Therapy. She is also an affiliate of ASHA Special Interest Groups 11, Administration and Supervision; and 18, Telepractice. mjones@gowithadvanced.com

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