Presenter: Jennifer L. Schultz, MA, CCC-SLP
"I supervise 2 SLPAs currently so this was a great refresher of ethical topics. . . and I love the handouts."
– A.C., prior course participant
Increasingly, SLPs are supervising speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs). While SLPs adhere to the ASHA Code of Ethics, ASHA certified speech-language pathology assistants (C-SLPA), are held to the ASHA Assistants Code of Conduct. It is important for supervising SLPs to know the content of this code and to use it along with the ASHA Code of Ethics to navigate ethical issues when working with SLPAs.
This ethics course will introduce SLPs to the ASHA Assistants Code of Conduct. It will compare the ASHA Assistants Code of Conduct to the ASHA Code of Ethics to identify their similarities and differences. A framework for using the two codes to analyze ethical concerns and to implement solutions to maintain ethical practice when supervising SLPAs will be provided.
Course offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs –1 contact hour.
Course Overview – Run Time: 1:00:07
"The presenter did a great job breaking down the Code of Ethics and the Code of Conduct. This helped me understand my role as a future supervisor. I also liked how the presenter was clear on which (State vs. ASHA) supervision regulations to follow."
– S.A., prior course participant
The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"Good refresher. State vs. ASHA code of ethics/conduct and which supersedes the other." M.M. (Sep. 2023)
"It was beneficial discussing the state codes and ethical provisions. Liked that you can stop presentation and re-listen to information during the presentation." Y.F. (Sep. 2023)
"I liked the real life examples." K.M. (Sep. 2023)
"Updated rules and regulations on ethics and supervision. I liked the information on SLPAs." D.H. (Sep. 2023)
"I really liked going through a real-life scenario. I can see this happening to some supervisors. Discussing the differences between the Code of Ethics and the Code of Conduct was helpful." B.H. (Aug. 2023)
"Thorough, relevant, and useful handouts." W.H. (Aug. 2023)
"I loved the comparison between the Code of Ethics and the Code of Conduct. The entire presentation was beneficial." S.K. (Aug. 2023)
"Confirming that state regs supersede ASHA scope of practice was beneficial. The comparison of different state regulations was helpful." A.S. (Aug. 2023)
"Everything was clearly explained." A.A. (Aug. 2023)
"Presenter is clear and concise. Learning the ASHA scope of practice versus state regulations was beneficial." S.B. (Aug. 2023)
"I frequently supervise undergraduate students who are studying to become SLPAs. This course will help me guide them as they look for jobs that will support their desire to practice in an ethical manner. I appreciated that this course was well organized and provided clear and useful visuals and reference material." T.E. (Jul. 2023)
"Very comprehensive and informative. I liked the ethics worksheet." K.M. (Jul. 2023)
"Provided practical information. Issues that have been addressed with ASHA's board of ethics." M.J. (Jul. 2023)
"This course was well organized and went at a nice pace. It was beneficial to discuss that state regulations differ from national ones, so I need to know my state's individual scope of practice for SLPAs." R.C. (Jul. 2023)
"The case study was really helpful. It was great to learn more knowledge on supervision." A.O. (Jul. 2023)
"It was beneficial comparing SLP code of ethics and SLPA code of conduct. I liked the organization and flow of this course." C.L. (Jun. 2023)
"Collaboration and starting from Day 1 and setting those expectations immediately was beneficial to discuss. This course was thorough and clear, with good handouts to follow along. I liked having the test too - ahead of time - so that I could preview material." A.A. (Jun. 2023)
"Code of conduct of SLPA vs. ethical code for SLP was beneficial. Course was easy to listen to and follow along." J.N. (Jun. 2023)
"Understanding the rules of SLPA supervision and the differences between what ASHA and the state may require and how to handle ethical situations that may arise. I appreciate having the handouts to refer to in the future and how easily the material was explained and understood." B.F. (May 2023)
"The topic of delegation was beneficial, and the course was thorough." N.F. (May 2023)
"Knowing the Code of Ethics and needing to be familiar with the Code of Conduct." F.T. (Apr. 2023)
"The discussion of SLP and SLPA and knowing each other's ethical code was beneficial." A.L. (Apr. 2023)
"I liked the Supervision Worksheet. And the depth of info re: ASHA Codes vs. State Regs." L.M. (Apr. 2023)
"Concise information. Good discussion of the difference between SLP and SLPA ethics." J.H. (Mar. 2023)
"Very engaging, very interesting course. I liked the supervisory outline." M.K. (Mar. 2023)
"Supervision of the SLPA and the State regulations vs. ASHA was beneficial. I liked the competence in topic information." D.J. (Mar. 2023)
"The topic on how different states have different regulations for SLPAs was beneficial." B.B. (Mar. 2023)
"It was beneficial discussing the ASHA Code of Ethics for SLPs and the Assistants Code of Conduct for SLPAs. I liked the handouts." P.I. (Mar. 2023)
"All of the information was beneficial to me. I liked the specific examples." S.L. (Feb. 2023)
"Learning the importance of using the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct as resources for problems that may arise was good. Liked having the worksheets up on the screen and bullet points so I could take notes." K.S. (Feb. 2023)
"Concise information. Applicable, relatable case study. I found the crosswalk helpful. I appreciated how the presenter outlined how the ASHA Code of Ethics dictates some of the approaches for supervision and where the responsibility lies. I also liked the case study - it was one that would come up often, and seeing the presenter walk through three different states was VERY helpful." C.P. (Feb. 2023)
"Course content was all informative. I liked the convenience." A.O. (Jan. 2023)
"Discussing the differences of code of ethics for SLPs vs. code of conduct for SLPAs was beneficial." R.M. (Jan. 2023)
"Learning SLPA Code of Conduct and varying state regulations." C.D. (Jan. 2023)
"Very informative." J.M. (Jan. 2023)
"This was a good overview on the ethics of supervising an SLPA." L.P. (Jan. 2023)
"Discussion of relationship between the Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, and State Regulations was helpful." D.D. (Jan. 2023)
"The presenter was clear and concise with information. Learning the differences and similarities of the Code of Ethics and the Code of conduct and how they apply to the supervisory role was most helpful. It was helpful to be involved with an application process during the course." A.H. (Dec. 2022)
"Presenter was organized and engaging." K.F. (Dec. 2022)
"It reminded me to carefully review the state codes and regulations for the states where I am licensed." D.D. (Dec. 2022)
"Breaking down all of the principals and going through the differences between ethics/conduct was beneficial. I liked the pace and how the information was delivered." R.R. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked how speaker discussed the differences between the Code of Ethics and the Code of Conduct and provided information how the two align with one another. I also liked how she provided information on how to work through ethical scenarios." C.N. (Dec. 2022)
"I appreciate the fact that the presenter provided worksheets to walk through dilemmas and how to have conversations with others (i.e. administrators). It was very easy to follow her presentation. She presented ethical information in a way that was not intimidating." C.N. (Dec. 2022)
"Learning the role of the SLP when supervising SLPAs. And the application and discussion of the differences between states to states in the role of what the SLPA is allowed to do." A.C. (Dec. 2022)
"I loved the problem solving portion." S.S. (Dec. 2022)
"I found the "cross-walk" between the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct very helpful; it provided a concise look at the volume of information available. The Problem Solving map is terrific and helps me to avoid re-inventing the wheel each time an issue arises. The pace of the course was easy to follow." B.P. (Dec. 2022)
"Close comparison of SLPA code of conduct and SLP Code of Ethics. Information was clearly presented in succinct manner." B.S. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked how speaker applied ethics to day to day dilemmas." M.S. (Dec. 2022)
"Course provided good information for SLP's considering working with SLPAs. This presentation was easy to follow and understand." B.M. (Nov. 2022)
"Very easy to listen to and enjoy. Understanding that each state has their own guidelines on responsibilities of SLP and SLP-A." L.J. (Nov. 2022)
"Introduction of the ASHA Assistants Code of Conduct was beneficial." J.T. (Nov. 2022)
"It was very practical information. I liked the whole course." M.D. (Nov. 2022)
"The handouts are easy to read. Good information on code of conduct for assistants." S.P. (Nov. 2022)
"SLPA and SLP scope of practice was good. The rate of speaking by presenter was easy to follow." K.M. (Nov. 2022)
"Learning about different requirements by state was beneficial and discussion of whether or not to hire SLPAs." K.C. (Nov. 2022)
"I learned the differences between the code of ethics and the code of conduct. The convenience of the course was good." V.T. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the important reminder to use my state's current licensing Board's requirements to ensure compliance. Presentation manner was pleasant." R.M. (Oct. 2022)
"The speaker was clear and concise." P.H. (Oct. 2022)
"I like the availability to take the course at the time that works best for me." M.K. (Oct. 2022)
"This course provided in-depth understanding regarding supervision of SLP-A." N.S. (Oct. 2022)
"I learned more about SLPAs and getting rid of common misconceptions I’ve heard throughout recent years." R.F. (Oct. 2022)
"Understanding the nuances/differences in state-by-state codes. I had no idea there were such issues." K.M. (Oct. 2022)
"Informative speaker." A.M. (Sept. 2022)
"The presenter was knowledgeable." L.M. (Sept. 2022)
"It was beneficial to review the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct in reference to each other and apply that to an example case. I appreciated the example case that illuminated the application of the content." M.P. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the part where different state regulations were compared on a single ethical concern." J.G. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the clarity of the information presented." L.R. (Sept. 2022)
"The presenter's voice and handout were good." A.L. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked that it went into detail about regulations, and that it was a quick course." K.R. (Sept. 2022)
"I like that I can take the course at my convenience." P.K. (Sept. 2022)
"I needed to take an ethics course, but I enjoyed the video and PowerPoint slides. This course will benefit me later when I decide to mentor a clinical fellow SLP. The instructor was clear and concise. Her rate of speech was perfect." B.B.-B. (Sept. 2022)
"It was good to understand that state regulations supersede ASHA's Scope of Practice for SLPAs. I like the format and pace of the course." A.C. (Sept. 2022)
"I like the reminder of the differences between the ASHA Code of Ethics and the ASHA Assistants Code of Conduct." J.P. (Aug. 2022)
"The overall discussion of ethics with regards to supervision of SLPAs. Also, knowing my states' requirements and guidance for SLPAs as these requirements can vary from state to state was good information. This was a very insightful course." A.A. (Aug. 2022)
"I currently supervise two SLPAs and have been following ASHA's guidelines. I now realize there are state guidelines that I need to look into as I continue to supervise and make decisions." S.J. (Aug. 2022)
"The entire presentation was helpful for me. It gave a great overall explanation of supervision." L.M. (Aug. 2022)
"I'm just starting SLPA supervision, so all content was very beneficial. Course was easy to listen to." M.B. (Aug. 2022)
"The specific examples were good - comparing state regulations vs. ASHA." J.R. (Aug. 2022)
"Easy to follow - good information." B.K. (July 2022)
"I liked the theoretical practice scenarios and the state regulations and their relationship to ASHA regulations." M.B. (July 2022)
"I didn't know the status of the SLPA certification that ASHA is now offering. Knowing about this certification will help me ensure that I can practice and supervise well. I liked that the teacher was very knowledgeable." C.M. (July 2022)
"I needed this whole presentation, because I have been assigned an SLPA for the coming school year. Course was precise and comprehensive. It was very well done." J.C. (July 2022)
"Information presented was clear and organized, easy to follow." J.H. (July 2022)
"Presenter stayed focused on the topic, presented in a clear and concise way." B.V. (June 2022)
"Easy to follow course that directly corresponded to handouts." M.G. (June 2022)
"The presenter did a great job breaking down the Code of Ethics and the Code of Conduct. This helped me understand my role as a future supervisor. I also liked how the presenter was clear on which (State vs. ASHA) supervision regulations to follow." S.A. (May 2022)
"The complexity of ethics was something I was not familiar with. The knowledge of the presenter was very thorough." T.W. (May 2022)
"Interesting, clear, easy to access." S.T. (May 2022)
"The course was easy to understand. I liked the discussion of the differences in State regulations and ASHA Code of Ethics." A.D. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked all of it! I did not know any of this information as I have not yet dealt with SLPAs. Very helpful and informative! The presenter was engaging and the information was clear." K.M. (Mar. 2022)
"I liked the side by side comparisons of the ASHA SLP Code of Ethics vs the ASHA SLPA Code of Conduct." A.C. (Mar. 2022)
"I liked the discussion of state law vs. ASHA code of ethics. Course was easy to follow and understand." M.D. (Mar. 2022)
"Great explanation of code of conduct - ASHA vs state differences in requirements and roles." K.W. (Feb. 2022)
"Good review for supervising speech assistants. I liked the forms to review information in case something comes up concerning ethics." L.W. (Feb. 2022)
"I really liked how the presenter provided the participants with a handout comparing the ASHA Code of Ethics and the Assistant Code of Conduct and how she also provided a case study of an ethical dilemma that might arise with SLPAs in the future." B.N. (Feb. 2022)
"I found the two handouts on the problem solving map and the conversational script extremely beneficial in guiding ethically sound decision making processes for the SLP/SLPA team." K.B. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the comparison between the code of ethics and scope of practice." L.K. (Jan. 2022)
"I supervise 2 SLPAs currently so this was a great refresher of ethical topics . . . and I love the handouts." A.C. (Dec. 2021)
"The comparison of the ASHA Code of Ethics and the ASHA Assistants Code of Conduct was very beneficial. The presenter's presentation was very organized and easy to follow. Excellent!" A.B. (Dec. 2021)
"Being able to learn valuable details within both the scope of practice, code of ethics, and code of conduct." C.R. (Dec. 2021)
"The speed of the presenter's speech was wonderfully paced, slow enough to take notes and process all information, especially since this idea of supervision is new to this therapist. Thank you for such a great learning experience! " B.B. (Dec. 2021)
Jennifer L. Schultz, MA, CCC-SLP, is an instructor for the online Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program at Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, SD. Prior to this, she was a clinical speech-language pathologist, with 9 years of experience in an inpatient rehabilitation setting and 12 years in an education setting, serving children ages 0 – 21. Jennifer has a particular interest in the treatment of language disorders in school-age children. She has presented numerous workshops on vocabulary instruction, using books in therapy, and skill-based language assessment. Jennifer is a past member of the ASHA SLP Advisory Council and past president of the South Dakota Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is the author of the "Skill-Based Assessment of Core Communication Skills."
Financial — Jennifer Schultz is a presenter of online CE courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Jennifer Schultz is a past member of the ASHA SLP Advisory Council.
This program is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
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