Earn Up to 2.9 CEUs at Convention With some creative scheduling, you can earn the maximum amount of continuing education units at this year’s convention. Here’s how it breaks down day by day. ASHA News
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Earn Up to 2.9 CEUs at Convention
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ASHA News   |   August 01, 2015
Earn Up to 2.9 CEUs at Convention
The ASHA Leader, August 2015, Vol. 20, 70-71. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC6.20082015.70
The ASHA Leader, August 2015, Vol. 20, 70-71. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC6.20082015.70
The ASHA Convention is a once-a-year opportunity to earn more continuing education units (CEUs) or professional development hours (PDHs) in one setting than any other professional development event for audiologists and speech-language pathologists. In fact, you can to earn up to 2.9 CEUs or 2.95 PDHs.
So how to plan your schedule to earn the maximum amount of continuing education at convention? To earn as many credits as possible, you’ll need to take advantage of every moment of scheduled programming to attend a CEU-eligible session—and fill in gaps with poster presentations. But remember to grab a quick, on-the-go lunch!
Maximize your time
Keep in mind that earning the maximum amount of hours is challenging, and may not be possible for everyone. All types of CEU-eligible programming—including ticketed pre-convention workshops and a by-invitation event—count toward the maximum earnable amount of continuing education credit.
Here’s how it all adds up:
Wednesday: 4 PDHs
  • Attend one of the four pre-convention workshops sponsored by the Colorado Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Board of Child Language and Language Disorders (ticketed; additional fee) = 3 PDHs

  • Attend the Researcher-Academic Town Hall (by invitation) = 1 PDH

If arriving early Wednesday isn’t in your schedule, you can still earn up to 25.5 PDHs or 2.5 CEUs without the pre-convention workshops.
Read on for a schedule beginning Thursday.
Thursday: 7.5 PDHs (no additional fees or tickets)
  • Attend an oral seminar or technical session during every available time block = 6 PDHs

  • Visit poster presentations during each scheduled break in sessions. Each poster equals 15 minutes of PDHs, and the break schedule allows up to six poster visits = 1.5 PDHs

Friday: 8.5 PDHs (no additional fees or tickets)
  • Attend an oral seminar or technical session during every available time block = 7 PDHs

  • Visit poster presentations during scheduled breaks = 1.5 PDHs

Saturday: 8 PDHs (no additional fees or tickets)
  • Attend an oral seminar or technical session during every available time block = 6 PDHs

  • Visit poster presentations during scheduled breaks = 2 PDHs

Alternate Saturday schedule: 9.5 PDHs (no additional fee or tickets)
  • Attend the four Research Symposium sessions = 8 PDHs

  • Fill in the breaks with six poster presentations = 1.5 PDHs

The full convention program will be available this month. To start building your personalized schedule of sessions, use the online Program Planner tool—featuring all abstracts, times and locations—at asha.org/events/convention/program.
Know your sessions
Convention presentations come in a variety of formats. Here’s what you can expect.
One- or two-hour oral seminars—the standard concurrent sessions—provide in-depth, continuing education for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Emphasis is on clinical applications and research advances, backed by appropriate levels of evidence.
Some of the oral seminars are additionally designated as “Trailblazer” and/or “invited” sessions.
  • Invited sessions are specially developed by the Convention Program Committee, Special Interest Groups or Specialty Recognition Boards and feature invited presenters. They may be one- or two-hour sessions. These sessions are open to all registrants—no special registration or ticket is required.

  • The Trailblazer series of sessions reflects the 2015 convention theme, “Changing Minds. Changing Lives. Leading the Way,” by featuring concepts that are forward-thinking, innovative or transformational with respect to communication sciences and disorders, and have unique applicability to the discipline. The Trailblazer sessions may also address significant change—either past or ongoing—that has deeply affected the professions, or they may promote or relate to an aspect of ASHA’s Envisioned Future (on.asha.org/envision-future). The sessions selected for the Trailblazer series received the highest ratings from Convention Program Committee reviewers and will focus on a variety of thought-provoking topics. All Trailblazer sessions are CEU-eligible and are offered across several formats, including one- and two-hour sessions and short courses.

Short courses are three-hour, ticketed oral seminars that require an additional fee. These intermediate- or higher-level courses emphasize clinical applications and/or science supported by appropriate levels of evidence. Presenters are recognized experts in their subject matter and experienced in providing professional continuing education programs. Ticket holders will receive all short-course presentation files on a CD. Some short courses are designated as “Trailblazer” sessions.
Technical research sessions feature a 20-minute presentation on a specific recent or current research topic, followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers.
Technical clinical sessions offer clinicians quick, new solutions and techniques they can use in treatment. These “how-to” programs feature a 20-minute presentation that focuses on the technical aspects of a particular diagnostic or treatment strategy and 10 minutes of questions and answers.
Poster sessions, a method to rapidly communicate scientific ideas, feature verbal presentations with visual displays. In a more informal and interactive environment, viewers guide themselves through a poster’s basics, freeing the presenter to focus on explanation, clarification and discussion of key elements of the work and questions. Each poster session is 90 minutes long.
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