Candidates accepted AFTER January 1, 2014
If your application for Board Certification in Fluency and Fluency Disorders was accepted on or after January 1, 2014, you are considered a Non-mentor Candidate. However, consulting with a mentor will strengthen the content of the portfolio and connect the candidate with the ABFFD community.
IMPORTANT UPDATE TO PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT REQUIREMENT – August 2019
(Component 1 of the Portfolio -- Applies to all BCS-F Candidates)
The scope of the philosophy statement has been expanded to include illustrations of how the candidate has learned about the lived experiences of people of stutter and reflections of how this has impacted his or her therapy approach. Understanding our client’s lived experience is an integral and necessary component to creating a successful clinician-client alliance and effective therapy sessions.
Please see below the excerpt from the manual on page 14 that reflects these changes. The updated requirements are in bold font.
Component 1: Statement of Philosophy “Each candidate will provide his or her statement of philosophy regarding assessment and treatment of individuals with fluency disorders. This statement provides the ABFFD with your personal views of theoretical perspectives, as well as the evaluation and treatment of fluency disorders, in regards to your training, personal study, interaction with professionals and/or mentors in the field, and clinical experience.
The statement of philosophy will also provide evidence of the candidate’s learning from people who stutter directly. The candidate will reflect upon how learning more about the lived experiences of people who stutter has shaped their evaluation and treatment philosophy. The candidate will also reference how this knowledge was gained. Examples of this may include activities such as participating or volunteering in support groups for people who stutter, interacting with videos, podcasts, and books on the lives of people who stutter, or through conversational groups with people who stutter.
The Statement of Philosophy must be no more than a maximum of three pages, 12pt font, single-spaced. Proper citation of a minimum of 5 references is required.”
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.