Under the new standards,(for candidates applying after January 2014), (A, Part 1) some hours can count 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 are required in the area of direct services and may include identification, prevention, assessment, and intervention services related to fluency disorders.
A maximum of 225 (50%) of the 450 clinical contact hours may be supervision of student clinicians or certified clinicians working with individuals with fluency disorders who are working under your guidance. These supervisory hours may include:
i. Providing demonstration therapy for the client to assist the student/clinician in skill development
ii. Co-treating with the student or clinician;
iii. 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.
c) A special note on clinicians with academic positions
i. For clinicians who hold an academic position, a maximum of 90 hours in other related clinical activities may be used toward the 450 clinical hours requirement. Other clinical activities include the following:
c.i.1. Teaching academic coursework in the area of fluency and fluency disorders
c.i.2. Conducting scholarly activities related to fluency disorders which may involve presenting and publishing
c.i.3. Developing programs related to fluency
Standards for Maintaining Specialty Certification A, Part 2 Each BCS-F specialist is required to be active in the management (assessment, treatment, supervision and/or consultation) of clients with fluency disorders and/or their families by providing a minimum of 500 clock hours of clinical activity over a 5-year period. The ABFFD may request verification of professional activity.