The clinical preparation of our students is completed on the University of Washington campus as well as in community-based facilities and is designed to adhere to the educational guidelines established and required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The community-based clinical experiences, or "fieldwork", in which our students participate take 2 forms:
- Practicum: a part-time clinical experience for graduate students
- Internship: a full-time, culminating clinical experience for graduate students
The clinical education for our two graduate programs are different. The CoreSLP students participate in one full-time community-based internship toward the end of their program. The MedSLP students participate in both types of fieldwork experiences during their program. Importantly, the faculty involved in the coordination of fieldwork are consistent across graduate programs.
Supervision Guidelines for Healthcare and Community Practica and Internships
The following documents provide detailed information about offsite experiences as well as student and supervisor responsibilities.
MedSLP General Information & Procedures Download
MedSLP Learning Expectations Download.
General Information & Procedures Download
2016-2017 Core SLP Syllabus Pre-Internship Download
2016-2017 Core SLP Syllabus Internship Download
ASHA & State Supervisory Requirements
Per ASHA and Washington State requirements and recommendations, all non-school/medical clinical educators must:
- Have proof of a valid WA state license (non-school setting) or valid ESA certificate (school setting) and ASHA certification. Our department asks that each new supervisor complete a supervisor profile for ASHA reporting purposes.
- Have a minimum of two (2) years, post-CF clinical experience.
- Demonstrate competence in clinical supervision through completion of special training (e.g., continuing education offerings, graduate program courses, etc.)
To meet the ASHA recommendations for clinical supervisor preparation, the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences offers quarterly supervisor training workshops for the community. These workshops are complimentary and participants are eligible for free ASHA CEUs. The Department will communicate continuing education opportunities as they arise. See Supervision Benefits for further detail on workshops.
General Supervisory Responsibilities
Provide a structured practicum experience in which clinical goals and objectives are clearly identified.
- Provide regular direction, modeling, facilitation, collaboration and feedback to the student regarding development and refinement of his/her assessment, treatment, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Complete formal midpoint and final written evaluations with the student, making recommendation for credit/no credit and identifying clinical and professional goals/next steps.
- Provide information regarding the underlying clinical research base for practice, as well as the ethical, legal, regulatory, and reimbursement aspects of the profession.
Please review and familiarize yourself with the documents below (University of Washington Documents).
ASHA Guidelines for Clinical Supervisors
More information on guidelines for clinical supervisors can be found in the following position statements:
ASHA Position Statements