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How Can SIG 11 Help Build Your Supervision Skills?

by Michele Simler
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supervisor and student

ASHA Special Interest Group 11, Administration and Supervision, affiliates,  share how the SIG helps them support one another to build their supervision competency and confidence.

  1. What would you say to encourage other colleagues to join SIG 11?

Joining SIG 11 gives you access to a diverse group, focused on using its knowledge and experience to problem-solve in real time for its members. It provides information and support for issues in supervision and administration that involve students, staff, speech-language pathology assistants, and clinical fellows.

  1. How has your involvement in this SIG improved your understanding of and engagement with administration and supervision?

Our field is in a state of constant change. Administrators and supervisors set the pace and implement that change. The involvement of many experts in SIG 11 helps make us more resilient and comfortable with change, as needed.

  1. What is one hot topic discussed by your SIG that you feel the rest of your profession should know about?

Learning to respect and value the diversity of the people you supervise is a hot topic, but the big one right now is the supervision/ethics continuing education requirements that go into place in 2020. We are doing our best to spread the word that ASHA Professional Development and CAPCSD (Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders) courses are good resources for members to meet the requirements. We also provide information to help people who are confused and have questions about how the standards will be implemented.

  1. What are the specific tangible benefits (access to Perspectives and the online community group, for example)? The less-tangible benefits?

One huge benefit is the SIG 11 online community. The discussions that take place and the different questions that are asked and answered almost every day are so valuable! Ask a question and you will get relatively quick responses from many experts in our field. The community is supportive and embraces all levels of supervisors. A benefit that seems to be underused is the CEs gained from Perspectives articles. We have amazing authors, and reading articles in your area of interest is such a productive way to earn CEs!

  1. What is your favorite recent Perspectives article, and why?

“Building Competencies in Clinical Supervision: Outcomes of Integrating Self-Assessment Resources from the ASHA Ad Hoc Committee on Supervision Training” shows that supervision resources, such as self-assessment, improve competencies and promote continuous learning in clinical education.

And, Perspectives, SIG 11, Vol.2, Part 1, 2017 contained the results of the SIG 11 survey on specialty certification in supervision, an important foundational article as we try to obtain specialty recognition in the (non-clinical) area of clinical education/supervision/precepting.

Michele Simler, CCC-SLP, is an SLP and administrator in Chicago and associate coordinator of SIG 11. She is also an affiliate of SIG 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia). m.simler1@gmail.com

Jill Barton, CCC-SLP, is works in private practice and in schools in Georgia. jillslp@bellsouth.net

Barbara Zucker, CCC-SLP, is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Nova Southeastern University and coordinator of SIG 11. zuckerb@nova.edu

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