Ethics for Supervisors in Speech-Language Pathology

Erin Riojas

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ASHA Course Number: ACEF0550
Course Credits: 0.3 ASHA CEUs (3 hours); Introductory Level
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SLPs in a supervisory role can benefit from increased awareness of issues pertaining to ethical conduct. An overview of the ASHA Code of Ethics and the CA Code of Regulations for SLPs affecting supervision will be followed by a discussion of recurring themes in ethical issues confronting SLPA supervisors and mentors of clinical fellows. Participants will also discuss how to solve ethical dilemmas.

Instructor Information

Lisa Rock

Melanie W. Hudson, M.A., CCC-SLP, F-ASHA, F-NAP, is the National Director at EBS Healthcare, ASHA Fellow, and Distinguished Fellow of National Academies of Practice (NAP). She served on ASHA’s Board of Directors as Chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council (2016-2018), the Board of Ethics, and the Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators. Melanie’s publications include “Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 4th edition” (Lubinski & Hudson; Delmar, Cengage Learning, 2013; Plural Publishing, 2018), and 5th edition (Hudson & DeRuiter, 2019, Plural), chapter author for “The Clinical Education and Supervisory Process in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology,” (McCrea & Brasseur, Slack, Inc., 2019). She served as President of the Georgia Speech-Language and Hearing Association and on the Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Melanie was a candidate for ASHA’s President-elect for 2021.

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

Non-Financial Disclosure: Melanie Hudson has no other non-financial information to disclose.

Laura Hum Mitchell

Shellie Bader, M.A., CCC-SLP, Director for EBS Healthcare, manages facility partnerships and oversees clinical services to assure the highest quality treatment for children in schools, clinics and the community. She has expertise and proven success in training, building cohesive, goal-oriented teams and in implementing outcomes-based, innovative programs. Prior to joining EBS, Ms. Bader directed and ran school and related services operations for programs in Los Angeles and nationwide, improving service and student success in both the public and private sectors. Shellie is an active CSHA volunteer and currently serves on the Board of Directors.

Financial Disclosure: Other than being paid as an employee of EBS Healthcare, Shellie Bader has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Shellie Bader has no other non-financial information to disclose.

Learner Objectives

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

  1. Participants will discuss recurring themes in ethical issues pertaining to supervision in speech-language pathology.
  2. Participants will increase awareness of ethical practices pertaining to supervision of clinical fellows and assistants.
  3. Participants will identify supportive resources when facing ethical dilemmas.


  • 10 minutes: Welcome and Overview
  • 25 minutes: California Supervision and Mentoring Requirements
  • 25 minutes: California Regulations on Disciplinary Guidance
  • 10 minutes: Fundamentals of the Supervisory Relationship
  • 40 minutes: Common Ethical Complaints Relevant to Supervision
  • 10 minutes: Self-Assessment of Competencies in Supervision-Ethical Implications
  • 30 minutes: Ethical Dilemmas-Discussion
  • 20 minutes: Questions, What-Ifs, and Comments