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The American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders is pleased to provide the following FAQs about BCS-F.  We hope you find the information helpful!  If you have additional questions that are not included here, please contact info@stutteringspecialists.org or review the application materials available on the website.
 

 Question  ABFFD Response

How can I obtain required 100 hours of intermediate/ advanced training in fluency?



Under Standard A, Part 1: Eligibility for Application, Point 4) Continuing Education can come from a variety of sources (direct participation in conferences/ workshops; Journals; DVDS; Web-based CEUs) with no more than 3 CEUs or 30 hours) derived from DVDs and Journals; and CE must cover a variety of topics (80 hours specifically related to Fluency and Fluency Disorders; 20 hours from other topics related to diagnosing and treating fluency disorders (e.g. speech, language, motor learning, cognitive, behavioral therapy, sensory processing, executive functioning, autism, counseling, other related disorders.

Does ABFFD recommend intermediate/advanced courses in fluency?
The Board recommends intermediate/advanced courses and offers several intermediate and advanced courses on our website and we provide sessions sponsored by the board at the National ASHA Convention.

Do apraxia Of speech hours count
as fluency hours for treatment?

Treatment of apraxia does not count towards fluency hours. If the client has apraxia and a fluency disorder (e.g. stuttering or cluttering), the clinician can count the fluency contact hours but not the time spent on apraxia intervention.  

Do consultation hours count towards clinical hours?
Yes. Consultation with clients and their caregivers is countable toward clinical hours, along with direct treatment hours.
 

Do supervisory hours count toward clinical hours?


Under the new standards, (for candidates applying after January 2014), a portion of such hours may be counted toward the total of 450 hours.

According to Section IV of the Standards Manual, part A, item 3: Up to 135 of the 450 direct contact hours may be supervision of student clinicians or certified clinicians who are working under your guidance.

Supervisory hours constitute your direct observation of another clinician or student providing services to a client who has a fluency disorder. As a supervisor, you most likely are also providing direct services yourself. These should be counted toward the 315 direct clinical contact hours and NOT as supervisory hours.

These would include: 1. Providing demonstration therapy for the client to assist the student/clinician in skill development, 2. Co-treating with the student or clinician; 3. Counseling provided directly to the client and/or their family members or other relevant individuals. This may include obtaining information from these individuals, providing information to them or engaging in problem solving or other counseling activities. 

How long do we have to complete clinical hours?
Under Standard A, Part 1: Eligibility for Application, point 3, it states that 450 direct clinical contact service will be completed during the 5 years the clinician is employed after obtaining the CCC or if employed longer than 5 years, within the last 5 years prior to the date the application is submitted.
 


Can we submit a certificate of completion of an intermediate or advanced course we have taken if we were not in the CE registry when the course was taken?
 

Any course included in the total 100 hours must be ASHA approved to count. If a qualifying course is not shown in your CE registry, you may submit verification in the form of a certificate issued at the completion of the course.  

Do I send hours in when I have retired? I have maintained state licensure and CCC.


Hours no longer need to be submitted once BCS-F Retired Member Status has been achieved.

 
Do doctoral hours in fluency count toward CEU hours?
Any CE content must be from the previous 5 years after certification has been achieved. A graduate fluency course may count, if the person is pursuing their Ph.D. within the five years post CF and before application for candidacy.


Does my research and teaching qualify for credit hours required to obtain BCS-F?

No.  

How should we document treatment cases for portfolio? For example, if 20 minutes of the session is spent on phonology and 30 minutes is spent doing fluency treatment, should I
count only 30 minutes?
 

If you are splitting the session between fluency and phonology, you would count the 30 minutes for the fluency treatment toward your 450 clock hours.  

Should we put hours on a spreadsheet? Is there a template we can use to save time recording
clinical hours?

For candidates approved after January 1, 2014, you may track hours in any manner that allows you to account for the 450 clock hours.  
If you are 3 years past the CFY, can hours be accrued toward clinical hours?
Under Standard A, Part 1: Eligibility for Application, point 3, the 450 direct clinical contact service will be completed during the 5 years the clinician is employed after obtaining the CCC. If you are more than five years beyond your CF, you may count any hours within the past five years prior to application for candidacy.
 


Hours in the CFY year cannot be counted toward portfolio clinical hours, correct?


That is correct.  
What is the best way to document treatment cases for the portfolio?
Please review the new standards manual for guidelines. In addition, on the ABFFD website under “Accepted Candidates”, you will find two documents that provide guidance for documentation: “Guidelines for the fluency portfolio submission process” and “Portfolio case presentation form” to assist you.


I have had trouble getting hours with clients in 1 of the 3 areas (preschool, school-age, or adults). How might I go about finding a client in this age range?


We suggest that you contact your local speech-language clinical networks for assistance. This may include board-certified specialists who may reside in your area.

Can letters of recommendations be sent prior to the rest of the application being submitted, does the ABFFD start a file?

The entire application should be submitted at the same time to Info@stutteringspecialists.org when the application is complete.

What is the best way to electronically submit your portfolio?


The candidate may contact the ABFFD at Info@stutteringspecialists.org to obtain instructions on how to submit the portfolio.

Who would we contact to ask questions about the certification application or the portfolio process?

Candidates with questions may contact the Board at Info@stutteringspecialists.org. If you have any questions or need some guidance or support, please contact us. We are here to help.

Do I have to subscribe to a particular philosophy of stuttering therapy in order to be considered?  Is there professional flexibility regarding the value of different approaches?

No, you do not need to subscribe to a particular philosophy. That being said, all candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to treat each client in a way that meets their individual needs. The portfolio includes an essay explaining the applicant’s philosophy of assessment and treatment.  
 

Now that JFD has discontinued its self-study program, is there another way to obtain fluency-specific CEUs without traveling to conferences?

There are several ways to obtain hours and many places to look for on-line, self-study programs for CEUs.  The CEs must be ASHA approved.

Listed below are some websites where you may look for CE courses:

  • ASHA Continuing Education (www.asha.org/ce)
  • FRIENDS: National Association of Young People who Stutter, www.friendswhostutter.org).
  • National Stuttering Association, www.westutter.org
  • The Stuttering Foundation (www.stutterhelp.org)
 
 

May I use a client as one of my cases if they have additional diagnoses (e.g., Down Syndrome, language disorder)?

Yes, clients presenting with more than one disorder may be used in the portfolio.  

If I cannot locate forms on the ABFFD website, who may I contact for assistance?

Contact Info@stutteringspecialists.org for assistance.