Supervisory Bullying Has Not Changed I am writing in regard to the article on bullying and intimidation in clinical supervision (“Seeking Civility Among Faculty,” December 2017). I suffered two strokes two years ago. In spite of the obstacles that I have had to endure for these past two years, none is as painful as the ... Inbox
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Supervisory Bullying Has Not Changed
The ASHA Leader, April 2018, Vol. 23, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.23042018.4
The ASHA Leader, April 2018, Vol. 23, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.23042018.4
I am writing in regard to the article on bullying and intimidation in clinical supervision (“Seeking Civility Among Faculty,” December 2017). I suffered two strokes two years ago. In spite of the obstacles that I have had to endure for these past two years, none is as painful as the student-teaching experience that I had under a condescending field clinical educator (FCE). After 35 years as a school speech-language pathologist, I still fear the sound of clog heels and post-it notes slapped on a tabletop (used when the FCE refused to speak to me).
I (a 22-year-old football lineman) admittedly was not your typical student SLP. My FCE addressed me by saying: “Listen here, buddy, I’m not here to get my MRS!”; “You make me sick!”; “I told my mother that you would say that!”; “Don’t you ever tell anybody that I’m not here. That could have been my supervisor!” (this after I told a person looking for the FCE that the FCE was not yet in the room, but would be there within the next five minutes); “Some people weren’t meant to be an SLP. I always wanted to be a ballerina, and I won’t be one!”
However, within 18 months I had received a full graduate assistantship, written a thesis, and obtained my first teaching job. Remember “Carson’s consolation”: Nothing is a complete failure. It can always serve as a bad example.
David Rucinski, Princeton, Illinois

Many other readers shared similar memories of bullying. Search “bullying” at leader.pubs.asha.org to see other responses.

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