Supervision: Externship Supervisors in Health Care: Volunteers Needed! The national shortage of speech-language pathologists has reached crisis proportions in some areas. Two principles are clear: (a) an adequate supply of students is essential to replacing retiring baby boomers and meeting the growing demand for speech-language pathology (SLP) services and (b) students are most likely to accept employment ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2007
Supervision: Externship Supervisors in Health Care: Volunteers Needed!
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  • Janet Brown
    Health Care Services in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA, Rockville, MD
  • Elizabeth Zylla-JonesColumn Editor
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Professional Issues & Training / Supervision
Article   |   October 01, 2007
Supervision: Externship Supervisors in Health Care: Volunteers Needed!
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2007, Vol. 17, 10-12. doi:10.1044/aas17.3.10
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2007, Vol. 17, 10-12. doi:10.1044/aas17.3.10
The national shortage of speech-language pathologists has reached crisis proportions in some areas. Two principles are clear: (a) an adequate supply of students is essential to replacing retiring baby boomers and meeting the growing demand for speech-language pathology (SLP) services and (b) students are most likely to accept employment offers in settings where they have had a positive experience and feel prepared to manage the caseload and procedures in that setting. When clinical programs or clinicians do not step forward and volunteer to supervise students, they create a “lose-lose” situation. The setting loses an opportunity to recruit future employees who are already familiar with their caseload and procedures, and students lose an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills.
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