Ethical Issues in Clinical Supervision

Mark Strait

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ASHA Course Number: ACEF0470
Course Credits: 0.1 ASHA CEUs (1 hour) in the area of Ethics; Intermediate Level; Professional Area
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Clinical supervisors can benefit from increased awareness of issues pertaining to ethical conduct. An overview of sections of the revised (2016) ASHA Code of Ethics pertaining to supervision will be followed by a discussion of recurring themes in ethical issues confronting supervisors in a variety of settings. Participants will also discuss how to solve ethical dilemmas.

Instructor Information

Melanie W. Hudson
Melanie W. Hudson, M.A., CCC-SLP is the National Director at EBS Healthcare. She is an ASHA Fellow, and a 2019 Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP). She has over 30 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist in public schools, private practice and university settings. She served on the ASHA Board of Directors from2016-2018 as Chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council, and on ASHA’s Board of Ethics. She also served on ASHA’s Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators as the Coordinator for Special Interest Group 11, Administration and Supervision, the 2013 Ad Hoc Committee on Supervision, and the 2018 Ad Hoc Committee for Governance Review. She is co-editor and chapter author for the 4th edition of “Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology,” (Lubinski & Hudson; Delmar, Cengage Learning, 2013; Plural Publishing, 2018), and chapter author of “The Clinical Education and Supervisory Process in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology,” (McCrea & Brasseur, Slack, Inc., 2019). She is a former President of the Georgia Speech-Language and Hearing Association and received their Honors of the Association and the Hull Leadership Award. She currently serves on the Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Melanie presents nationally on a variety of topics related to professional issues including supervision, ethics, and service delivery in the school-based setting.

Financial Disclosure: Other than being paid as an employee of EBS Healthcare, Melanie has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Melanie has no other non-financial information to disclose.

Learner Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe strategies to increase awareness of ethical practices pertaining to clinical supervision.
  2. Discuss recurring themes in ethical issues pertaining to clinical supervision.
  3. Identify and describe supportive resources when facing ethical dilemmas.


  • 10 minutes: Overview of ASHA Code of Ethics
  • 35 minutes: Common Ethical Complaints
  • 15 minutes: Solving ethical dilemmas
  • Course Examination
  • Course Review