Spotlight on Special Interest Group 11, Administration and Supervision I joined SIG 11 about five years ago. I had been supervising for several years and struggling to find resources and support as a supervisor. Many of us just “find” ourselves in supervisory or leadership roles without being trained or taking classes in supervision. I was supervising speech-language pathologists, ... SIG Spotlight
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SIG Spotlight  |   August 01, 2017
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 11, Administration and Supervision
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  • Christi Masters, MS, CCC-SLP, is a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University. She is associate coordinator of SIG 11. cmasters7@yahoo.com
    Christi Masters, MS, CCC-SLP, is a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University. She is associate coordinator of SIG 11. cmasters7@yahoo.com×
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SIG Spotlight   |   August 01, 2017
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 11, Administration and Supervision
The ASHA Leader, August 2017, Vol. 22, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.22082017.np
The ASHA Leader, August 2017, Vol. 22, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.22082017.np
When did you join your SIG—and what made you want to join?
I joined SIG 11 about five years ago. I had been supervising for several years and struggling to find resources and support as a supervisor. Many of us just “find” ourselves in supervisory or leadership roles without being trained or taking classes in supervision. I was supervising speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists, and feeling lost at times and like I didn’t have a network. I finally decided to join SIG 11 and couldn’t believe I had waited so long to join! The abundance of resources (and mentors) available has been tremendously helpful!
How has your involvement with the SIG helped you in your career?
I have met such an incredible group of professionals with similar interests and common goals. I have mentors and professionals that I can reach out to when I have a difficult situation (or a success that I want to share!). I have become a better supervisor and mentor because of how much I have learned from other SIG 11 volunteers, from SIG 11 affiliates I have met along the way, and through resources I found via SIG 11.
How do you carve out time to volunteer with the SIG while working in your full-time job and balancing other commitments? What advice would you give to someone who’d like to get more involved in the SIG, including how you get support from your supervisor/institution?
I set aside time each week for SIG volunteer hours and I do my best to keep that schedule! Sometimes it’s in the evening or the weekend, but I find that committing time each week helps so that the tasks do not build up and become overwhelming. If someone wants to become involved with SIG 11, I recommend first volunteering for the professional development committee or editorial review committee (both involving Perspectives). Another first step is to come to the affiliates meeting at ASHA’s Annual Convention or the SIG 11 booth at ASHA Connect to talk to a committee member about ways you can get involved based on your interests and strengths. To win support from your supervisor/institution, I would let them know about the benefits of becoming a volunteer leader. If you explain the big picture and how it will help you do your job better (and ultimately help your institution), you are more likely to get support.
What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG should everyone know about? Chats, conferences or convention events?
We will have our annual affiliates meeting at the 2017 ASHA Convention in Los Angeles coming up in November. Last year’s meeting had a record turnout, and we hope to meet many more affiliates again this year! We will also sponsor a short course and invited session (more details to come on all of these).
What is your favorite recent Perspectives article, and why?
Although it’s difficult to choose one article, my favorite recent issue was December 2016, with the theme of “supervision boot camp” (Perspectives, SIG 11, Vol. 1, Part 2, 2016). This issue covered the basics of supervision, terminology in supervision and mentorship, fundamentals of the clinical fellowship, and supervising speech-language pathology assistants. It’s a great resource for new supervisors but also includes information for those that have been supervising for many years!
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