FAQ

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.

ABFFD Response

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.

ABFFD Response

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.

ABFFD Response

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.

ABFFD Response

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.

ABFFD Response

Under Standard A, Part 1: Eligibility for Application, points 2 & 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 of the application acceptance.

ABFFD Response

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.

ABFFD Response

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

ABFFD Response

Graduate level courses (that is not a basic, introductory course) may be counted as CE content, based on ASHA guidelines. However, the requirement is that CE content be from the previous 5 years since certification, so a graduate fluency course may count, if the person is pursuing their Ph.D. within the five years post CF and before application for certification.

ABFFD Response

Under A Part 1, 3 c 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 teaching academic coursework in the area of fluency and fluency disorders, conducting scholarly activities related to fluency disorders which may involve presenting and publishing & developing programs related to fluency disorders.

ABFFD Response

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.

ABFFD Response

For candidates approved prior to January 1, 2014, there is a log sheet that can be accessed by looking on the website (Info@stutteringspecialists.org). For candidates approved after January 1, 2014, you may track hours in any manner that allows you to account for the 450 clock hours.

ABFFD Response

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. 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.

ABFFD Response

That is correct.

ABFFD Response

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.

ABFFD Response

We suggest that you contact your local speech-language clinical networks and see if they can assist you.

ABFFD Response

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

ABFFD Response

Contact ABFFD at: (Info@stutteringspecialists.org) to obtain instructions on how to electronically submit the application. [We could change this at some point—they will be given instructions, and that is all that is needed.]

ABFFD Response

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

ABFFD Response

There are varying philosophies of the treatment of stuttering. 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 their philosophy of assessment and treatment. Follow by some statement that evidence of taking each client’s presenting problems into account through assessment and treatment is expected.)

ABFFD Response

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 you can view to look for courses. We do not know what is available, the cost of courses, and the quality of the courses but these are places you look to obtain CEUs.

1. ASHA Continuing Education

2. Northern Speech Services (NSS)

3. FRIENDS: National Association of Young People who Stutter

4. National Stuttering Association (NSA)

5. Online CEUs.com

6. Speech and Voice Enterprises

7. SpeechPathology.com

8. The Stuttering Foundation

ABFFD Response

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

ABFFD Response

Contact Badger Bay at www.stutteringspecialists.org or 920-750-7720 for assistance.

The information above was prepared to address the new and current standards. If you are under the old SRP standards, please contact Badger Bay with any questions you may have. The Board will then answer any questions you may have.


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