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Professional Supervision in Speech-Language Pathology

Connie Porcaro, PhD, CCC-SLP

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathology CEUs

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Audio

Course Abstract

Professional Supervision in Speech-Language Pathology is a 2-hour audio continuing education (CE) course that presents research on best practices in supervision, as required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2020.

Participants will learn about effective leadership programs that can be applied to supervision in speech-language pathology and audiology at any level or setting. The presenter looks at how to determine a supervisee’s level of competence and confidence, allowing the supervisor to differentially supervise and address their unique needs.

Models of supervision (including Anderson’s Continuum of Supervision; the Supervision, Questioning and Feedback (SQF) Model of Clinical Teaching; and the Cognitive Apprenticeship Instructional Model) are discussed, highlighting the supervisor’s role in the process.

A variety of effective feedback types are described and self-evaluation techniques for both the supervisor and supervisee are explained. The presenter also shares methods of supporting the supervisee in setting up and measuring goals for self-directed supervision. Examples for assisting with goals to improve limited areas of performance are included.

The topic of supervision is much too extensive to cover every aspect in detail. This course is an overview, which may help the speech-language pathologist or audiologist identify areas for further study.

Course #21-39 | 2020 | 2-Hour Audio Course with Handout | 15 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Identify skills that enable one to provide effective supervision
2. Differentiate between an active supervisee and a passive supervisee
3. Describe the relationship between the amount of supervision involvement and amount of supervisee independence using Anderson’s continuum
4. Name a possible variable supervision strategy for supervisees at varying levels of competence and commitment
5. Identify approaches to providing effective feedback, including positive and constructive criticism
6. List steps to assist a supervisee in setting up and measuring goals for self-directed supervision

ASHA CE Approved Provider
Intermediate Level | 0.2 ASHA CEUs | ASHA credit is available until 04/30/2025. ASHA CEUs are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the monthly completion report from the ASHA Approved CE Provider (#AAUM5160). Please note that the date that appears on ASHA transcripts is the last day of the month in which the course was completed.

Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635).


This audio course provides instant access to the mp3 audio file, the course handout, and the CE test. The CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while listening to the course presentation).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Connie Porcaro, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University. She has worked in all settings of the field, including educational, medical, and university settings and has supervised hundreds of students and clinical fellows. Past positions included serving as a full-time university clinic supervisor and clinic director at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Porcaro has presented dozens of state and national level workshops on supervision and has published on supervision theory and practice. Dr. Porcaro was a teaching assistant for a doctoral course entitled, " Survival Skills and Ethics". She received fudning from the University of Pittsburgh to attend the 14th Annual Training the Trainers Survival Skills and Ethics Conference. Dr. Porcaro served a two-year term as Chair of the Ethical Practice Committee for the Arizona Speech-Language Hearing Association. Dr. Porcaro currently teaches a course for graduate students on the topic of supervision that includes hands-on practice of self-supervision.


Financial: Connie Porcaro receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 

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