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Candidates accepted PRIOR to January 1, 2014


If your Specialty Recognition Plan (SRP) was accepted by the ABFFD prior to January 1, 2014, you are considered a Prior Candidate. As a Prior Candidate, you will continue to adhere to your SRP as it was submitted and approved. Once your Portfolio is submitted and approved by the ABFFD, you will be designated as BCS-F.


As a Prior Candidate, you have five years post acceptance of your SRP to submit your Portfolio.  The ABFFD strongly encourages you to work in a timely and diligent manner to complete and submit your Portfolio. 

If you are a Prior Candidate, please see below for important information regarding the certification process:

Please note:  Portfolios are submitted electronically to the ABFFD Administrative Office.  Please contact info@stutteringspecialists.org for instructions. 



 

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 Present Candidate.  Once your Portfolio is submitted and approved by the ABFFD, you will be designated as BCS-F.

 

As a Present Candidate, you have three years post acceptance of your application to submit your Portfolio.  The ABFFD strongly encourages you to work in a timely and diligent manner to complete and submit your Portfolio. 

If you are a Present Candidate, please see below for important information regarding the certification process:

Please note:  Portfolios are submitted electronically to the ABFFD Administrative Office.  Please contact info@stutteringspecialists.org for instructions. 


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 info@stutteringspecialists.org.