Maintaining SLP Certification with Continuing Education
Speech-Language Pathologists know that to maintain their certification through American Speech-Hearing Association (ASHA), they will have to stay current with Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Each SLP is required to earn 3.0 CEUs every three years to retain a Certificate of Clinical Competence. Regarding hours of study, that equates to about 10 hours per year. To keep it manageable, it is recommended that SLP’s break it down yearly, rather than have to try and fit in 30 hours of study in year three. Fortunately, there are many ways to conveniently earn CEUs, without breaking the bank.
If you have been working with Supplemental Health Care for a while, you already know about one of the great Supplemental Advantages for our healthcare professionals, Supplemental University. Partnering with Allied Health Media, Supplemental University is a convenient, affordable way to keep all of your CEUs current on your schedule, at your own pace. For only $89 per year, therapy professionals have unlimited access to the most comprehensive list of therapy education resources anywhere.
Another way for SLPs to earn their CEUs is through a variety of online resources that offer education resources free of charge. Let’s take a look at few of these money saving resources.
Super Duper Inc. – Featuring both live and recorded sessions, Super Duper offers a variety of free ASHA-certified CEUs.
Interactive Metronome® - The Interactive Metronome® (IM) is a research-based training program for people of all ages suffering from conditions that affect cognitive and physical abilities. IM is approved by ASHA and practitioners can earn free CEUs by taking a series of IM courses and passing an exam.
AAC Institute – This non-profit organization offers support and resources for people who rely on augmentative and alternative communication. AAC Institute also offers accredited self-study coursework for SLPs, some of which are free of charge.
Many of the manufacturers of AAC devices also offer certified CEUs for providers who wish to learn more about the specific device. Companies such as Dynavox and Lingraphica have free CEUs available through their websites.
Formal continuing education is not the only way for SLP’s to stay current and keep learning the newest methods and best practices. Here is a brief list to consider:
- Join an ASHA Special Interest Group. SLPs can gain access to community forums with other like-minded professionals and share critical knowledge through conversation and debate.
- Step up your Social Media game. Facebook, Twitter and Linked In all have professional groups for careers of all types. Professional SLP groups on any of these platforms is a great way to stay informed, participate in the conversation, and meet new friends.
- Follow Blogs or Write a Blog. Depending on your level of commitment, blogging is similar to social media in that you can participate online at your convenience. Writing a blog is a considerable investment in time, but the payoff of researching topics and articles is a great way to develop your skillset. You may want to start by following a few SLP-related blogs including ASHA Leader Blog, Tactus Therapy, and Gray Matter Therapy.
- Attend a Conference. Difficult to do because of the added expense of travel and time away from the office, but it is something SLPs should consider when possible. Immersing yourself into an environment with others in your profession is beneficial beyond participating online. Networking with presenters and other SLP professionals creates many opportunities for learning.
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