Speech Language Pathologists have the option to supervise speech language pathology assistant’s (SLPA’s) or become a mentor for Clinical Fellows who are working towards their SLP License. There are many reasons why most SLP’s decide to become supervisors, whether that is to earn an extra income on the side, or they are passionate about helping other therapists grow and succeed in the field of speech language pathology. Now, you might wonder what some key differences between supervising SLPA’s are and CFY’s. I will go ahead and break down the key differences between them.
Before we get started, let me clarify a few keywords for you. You will notice that I will be referring a lot to direct and In-direct supervision, so in order to better understand, let me explain to you briefly what is meant by each one.
Direct supervision refers to on-site observation of the supervisor while the SLPA if performing therapy.
In-direct supervision refers to when the supervisor is not in the same physical space as the SLPA. Some of the supervision activities that are in-direct include:
Immediate supervision refers to when a supervisor is physically present when the SLPA is conducting therapy with the patient
In this section, I will be referring to segments. Please note that a segment is referred to 1/3 of the Clinical Fellowship experience.
**Note: some of the indirect supervision consists of reviewing reports, treatment records, plan of treatment and etc. as well as monitoring the CFY participation in meetings and conferences
If you are interested in becoming a supervisor, we have opportunities available for you. If you are located in Los Angeles area, you can supervise Clinical Fellows, and if you are not local, you can still supervise SLPA’s as long as you are certified in the state of California. You can apply here:
SLP Supervisor – Speech Improvement Center
If you want to know how to become a licensed SLP in California, please visit:
How to Become a Licensed SLP in California – Speech Improvement Center
For other job opportunities with Speech Improvement Center, please visit:
Careers – Speech Improvement Center