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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 hours?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.

How long do we have to complete clinical hours?
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.



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?
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.


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

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 

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 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. 
If you are 3 years past CFY, can hours be accrued toward 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. 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.


Candidate has trouble getting hours with clients in 1 of the 3 areas (preschool, school-age, or adults) and they want suggestions for fulfilling the requirement.


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

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?


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.]

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

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!


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?

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.) 

Now that JFD has ceased its self-study program, if 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 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  (www.asha.org/ce)

2.     Northern Speech Services (NSS or www.northernspeech.com)

3.     FRIENDS: National Association of Young People who Stutter (www.friendswhostutter.orgwww.friendswhostutter.org/one-day-conferences)

4.     National Stuttering Association (NSA http://www.westutter.org/who-we-help/families/speech-language-pathologists-slp/)

5.     Online CEUs.com (www.onlineceus.com/continuingeducation/fluency)

6.     Speech and Voice Enterprises (http://www.speechandvoice.com/practicaltreat-seminar)

7.     SpeechPathology.com (www.speechpathology.com)

8.     The Stuttering Foundation (www.stutteringhelp.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 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.