Part One of a Three-Part Celebration!
Ridge Zeller Therapy is proud of the strong SLP clinical fellowship program we have developed which helps new SLPs become independent clinical decision makers and obtain their “C’s”. Earning CCC-SLP credentials, or “C’s” as they are commonly known, is a huge achievement for an SLP. Following a rigorous graduate program, hundreds of hours of supervised therapy, and comprehensive and national proficiency exams, a new speech-language pathologists (SLP) must participate in a Clinical Fellowship (CF) experience their first year of practice to obtain their C’s. Each clinical fellowship participant is paired with and mentored by an ASHA credentialed SLP, and over the course of nine months, the clinical fellowship participant completes a minimum of eighteen hours of direct and eighteen hours of indirect supervisory activities with their mentor.
This year, three SLPs completed their clinical fellowship with us and earned their Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). This certificate is a nationally recognized professional credential that represents a level of excellence in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.
In an upcoming three-part series, we will highlight the accomplishments of Sarah Morales, Lauren Mead, and Erin Alexander, along with their supervisors, Jana Barrett, MS, CCC-SLP; Jenn Brausse, MS, CCC-SLP, and JoAnn Ridge, MS, CCC-SLP.
In part one, Sarah Morales and Jana Barrett reflect on their SLP clinical fellowship experience. Sarah completed her SLP clinical fellowship in May and is excited to have “CCC-SLP” after her name.
Part One: Sarah & Jana
Q. Describe your SLP clinical fellowship experience in one sentence:
A goal for myself was to learn something new and find something to celebrate each day!
Q. What one word best describes your professional relationship with Jana?
Q. What was the most rewarding part of your collaboration with your supervisor?
Working with Jana has been the best! She is so helpful and knowledgeable and has provided a great balance of guidance and independence in this experience. It’s been really enjoyable and comforting to have her here—and our strengths seem to complement each other well! The conversations and ideas we’ve built are great, and it’s super rewarding to see our ideas implemented with our students!
Q. What was the most challenging part of your SLP clinical fellowship?
I can be a bit of a perfectionist, so I was really afraid of doing anything wrong. Confidence is definitely a challenge, but the support and encouragement has been super helpful!
Q. What are you most looking forward to next year?
I’m so excited to have familiarity with students, staff, and the school going into next year!
Q. Describe your experience with your clinical fellow, Sarah, in one sentence.
This experience has been rewarding, joyful, and fun.
Q. How has being an SLP clinical fellowship supervisor enriched or changed you professionally?
This experience has shown me how much I know and how much knowledge I have to share with others. It’s also taught me how much I still want to learn and how much Sarah has taught me! Collaborating with new professionals is always so exciting and rewarding. Sarah has taught me a lot about research (we try to read a research article and discuss it during each CF evaluation period), embracing a long to-do list, and really breaking down skills and using data to write the best goals.
Q. In what ways have you seen Sarah grow professionally?
Sarah has gained great experiences this year in communicating with other professionals, teachers, and families. She is excellent at building relationships and communicating effectively with compassion. She’s become confident in her abilities and is embracing the amazing therapist that she is!
Q. Describe Sarah in one word.
Innovative and compassionate–I can’t pick just one!
This interview is part one of a three-part celebration series.
Next Up: An Interview with Lauren and Jenn!
Lauren has recently completed her SLP clinical fellowship year, and we’re so excited to highlight her achievement, and Jenn’s mentoring!
Interview conducted and written by JoAnn Ridge, MS, CCC-SLP
Ridge Zeller Therapy Co-Director