PCSS IS PROUD TO HONOR THE PROFESSION OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY BY OFFERING SUPERIOR CLINICAL FELLOWSHIPS Clinical Fellows often have numerous options to choose from, and must be extremely mindful to choose a setting where they will receive maximum guidance while honing their skills in the field. We believe our Clinical Fellowship program is superior and are proud to offer positions to a select number of candidates.
How do we know our fellowships are superior? Our CFs tell us, both in words and in longevity. Many Pacific Coast Speech Services Clinical Fellows continue to contract with us for years after their CF is complete.
Here’s what makes the PCSS Clinical Fellowship different from the rest:
A large online resources library
Independent and directed continued education opportunities
FOCUSED SUPERVISION Our supervisors commit to being available eight hours a week, during school hours, at the beginning of the CFY year. This supervision level is double the ASHA standard. Later, as the need for supervision decreases with experience, CF salaries are increased. The high level of PCSS supervision transforms excellent CF candidates into superior SLPs.
CFs are part of the supervisor selection process at PCSS. We allow CFs to speak with their supervisor prior to choosing a site and signing a contract. We personally match CFs and supervisors by caseload and area of interests, being careful to choose the best available assignment to meet the personal and professional goals of CFs.
We pay our supervisors an hourly rate to assist you. This means that you can ask as many questions as you like, and request as much assistance as you need. All of our supervisors are experienced in local school settings, and they often work side by side with you. They review all CF reports, provide IEP support and will attend some IEP meetings if needed.
Our supervisors receive excellent ratings. They are known for their kindness, patience and excellence in the field. In addition to your direct supervisor, our two directors are always available to answer questions from a speech pathologist perspective.
ONLINE RESOURCE LIBRARY Often CFs further educate themselves using our clinicians’ online resources library. They read and research their weak areas so they can hit the ground running. Our clinicians and directors regularly share resources they have found helpful including specific strategies for working with students with specific disorders. We have had this library for three years, and it grows every month.
Compensated Continuing Education opportunities also allow both our CFs and clinicians to further study areas in which they may need to expand their knowledge. Many therapists choose to attend CSHA or ASHA conferences, or individual courses on topics such as social skills or using technology in therapy. PCSS is a certified SLPAB CEU provider and offers both self-studies under direction, and inter-practice workshops.
PCSS constantly monitors and evaluates clinician caseloads to ensure they are manageable. PCSS makes adjustments to assist clinicians when needed, lowering everyone’s stress and providing for effective therapy. Our directors have the best interest of PCSS clinicians and district students in mind, and call in extra assistance when caseload demands are heavy.