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Summer 2009

01 Jul 2009 11:01 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

President's Message

By: Lisa Cabiale O'Connor, President

NCSB is celebrating its 30th year!
The National Council of State Boards of Examiners (NCSB) was conceived by a group of organizers who met in New Orleans in 1978. The next year, 1979, official documents were filed that established NCSB as the organization representing licensure boards nationwide for the regulation of the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. This year, on the 30th anniversary of the organization, we return to where it all began - the fabulous city of New Orleans, for the Fall conference. A primary goal of the original organizers was to facilitate communication and interaction among regulatory boards across the nation, and, as evidenced by work plans established during the strategic planning session last October in Virginia, this remains a key goal today.

Strategic Planning - Looking to the Future
As mentioned above, the Board met for a strategic planning session last October. I included a brief report on this process in my President's Message in the February 2009 newsletter. It was during this strategic planning session that members of the Board identified activities to address the key goal of facilitating communication and interaction with state regulatory boards. Work plans in process are designed to:

  • Increase personal contact with state boards
  • Improve the web site
  • Continue communication through publication of the newsletters
  • Activate the Listserv
  • Create a database to email blasts to members of NCSB

Implementation of these activities and other work plans began earlier this year and during the Fall conference a progress report will be provided.

Fall Conference - September 10-12, New Orleans
Mark your calendars for the annual NCSB conference and plan to join us in New Orleans. The program will feature presentations by professionals with experience in issues involving telepractice, with a focus on how this topic impacts service delivery and regulation of the professions. Other important topics include licensing international graduates, regulating support personnel, and whether regulatory boards need to address ethics. The program is designed to be interactive and there will be opportunities for participants to share questions and concerns and to network with members of other state boards. The popular state information exchange is on the agenda, so come prepared to speak about 5 minutes on the successes and challenges of regulating the professions in your state. Further details about the conference can be found on the web site at  I look forward to seeing you in New Orleans.




September 10-12, 2009
New Orleans, Louisiana


Registration brochures announcing the 22nd annual NCSB Conference have been mailed. If you or your state board did not receive one of the brochures, a registration form and hotel information are included in this newsletter. As in past years, a pre-conference workshop on Training for Board Members will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2009, and the one and one-half day conference will follow on September 11 and 12. NCSB invites boards to participate in both the board training and the conference. Following is a synopsis of the pre-conference activity and the conference.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Pre-Conference Workshop - "Training for Board Members"
Conducted by NCSB Board of Directors

Designed for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, board administrators, board attorneys, and all others involved in the regulatory process, the training will focus on all aspects of board service. Participants are invited to bring a copy of their state law and rules/regulations. Highlights of the training include:

  • Board attorney with experience in administrative law will discuss statutory authority, including rulemaking and the disciplinary process.
  • Mock disciplinary hearing will trace the process from the initial letter of complaint through testimony of witnesses to imposition of sanctions. Attendees will serve as the hearing panel and will learn how to report violations and sanctions to the HIPDB.
  • Ethical situations and dilemmas will be utilized to provide experience in receiving, reviewing, and resolving complaints.
  • Reference manual containing characteristics of state licensure laws, samples of model legislation and state licensing laws, and examples of licensure board exams will be provided.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Keynote Address--Telehealth: Practicing at a Distance - Nina Antoniotti, Ph.D., RN, American Telemedicine Association

  • How has telepractice changed the healthcare landscape?
  • What are the current trends in telepractice relative to audiology and speech-language pathology?

Panel Discussion - Telepractice: Cutting Edge Perspectives - Moderator, Glenn Waguespack (LA), Janet Deppe (ASHA), Jack Lynch (CA), Larry Molt (AL), Clay Whitehead (CA)

  • What factors did NCSB consider in developing its Position Statement on Telepractice?
  • How have states accomplished the development of telepractice guidelines in the practice act and/or rules and regulations?
  • What are considerations for states in the process of developing telpractice guidelines?

Telepractice Open Forum - Opportunity for audience participation and discussion regarding model language for telepractice regulations

Supervision and Practice Issues: Impact on Regulation - Stephen Harris (LA)

  • What impact has technology had on the regulation of supervision?
  • How can alternative means of supervision - web cam, Skype - be used to accomplish needed supervision?

Panel Discussion - Licensing the International Graduate - Moderator, Karen Stein (PA), Lisa O'Connor (CA), Joyce Parsons (TX), Kerri Phillips (LA)

  • What emerging credentialing issues occur with international graduates?
  • What process is utilized by licensure boards to license international graduates?

State Information Exchange - Moderator, Alma Peters (WI)

  • Which boards are revising laws and/or rules and regulations?
  • What are the successes and challenges experienced by each board?

EVENING - Royal Sonesta Courtyard reception sponsored by the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (LBESPA) - Entertainment and hors d'ouevres provided; cash bar

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Regulating Support Personnel - Moderator, Doreen Oyadomari (AL), Donna Edgmon, (AR), Sandy Capps (NC), Heather Johnson (KY), Joyce Parsons (TX), Marianna Walker (NC)

  • How have states implemented support personnel regulations?
  • Who is regulated and are there restrictions regarding practice settings?

Roundtables/Discussion Leaders
Disciplinary Actions - Kimberly Watson (AR)
International Graduates - Joyce Parsons (TX)
Support Personnel - Lisa O'Connor (CA)
Universal Licensure - Theresa Rodgers (LA)

  • What forms of discipline are commonly being utilized?
  • What steps can boards take to ensure that international graduate meet licensure standards?
  • What factors should boards consider in implementing support personnel regulations?
  • Why is universal/exemption-free licensure critical for consumer protection and how can obstacles to achieving universal licensure be overcome?

Roundtable Discussion Reports

Ethics: A Regulatory Issue? - David Hodgson, CASLPO

  • Do regulatory boards need to address ethics?
  • How can boards regulate ethical practice?





The conference will be held at the royal Sonesta Hotel located in the center of the French Quarter directly on Bourbon Street. Rated "Four Diamonds" by AAA, the hotel is listed as one of the "Best Places to Stay in the World" by Condi Nast Traveler, and it was named "Best Balcony" by the Travel Channel. The hotel is built in a traditional style with gabled windows, French doors, and wrought iron lace balconies and surrounds a lush traditional New Orleans style courtyard. The hotel offers a variety of food and beverage options, including the casual bistro atmosphere of the Desire Oyster Bar and the award-winning Bogue's Restaurant. The Mystick Den Lounge, Le booze, the Quarter Deck Pool Bar and room service all provide endless food and beverage opportunities within the hotel.

The Louis Armstrong International Airport is approximately 17 miles from the hotel. A private shuttle service is available at the airport and provides transportation to and from the hotel, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Taxis service is also available, and limousine and car service may be arranged through the concierge.


Royal Sonesta Hotel
300 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA. 70130
(504) 586-0300

Rate--$129/night (plus tax), Single/Double
Cut-off date for reservations - August 19, 2009
Please state that you are with NCSB when making reservations.





A poster session (#2203 Poster Board 73) entitled "Let the Good Times Roll: Licensure in 2009" will be presented at the ASHA Convention in New Orleans on Saturday, November 21, 2009, from 10-11:30 AM in Hall G of the Convention Center. The poster session will utilize maps to depict characteristics of state licensure, including hearing aid dispensing, the doctoral entry level, support personnel, exemption-free licensure, and continuing education. NCSB invites all those interested in regulation to attend the poster session and compare licensure trends from state to state.






In 1978 a group of audiologists and speech-language pathologists interested in licensure met at the Maison Dupuy Hotel in New Orleans. The outcome of that meeting was a committee formed to draw up Articles of Incorporation and By Laws for NCSB. In 1979 the group met again in New Orleans, and NCSB was officially "born".

At a time when only a few states had implemented licensure laws to protect the consumers of speech-language pathology and audiology services, NCSB was formed to facilitate communication among the existing licensure boards and to provide assistance to states considering the implementation of licensing statutes. Initially, NCSB held small meetings in conjunction with the ASHA convention. Then in 1988 the first official NCSB conference was planned and held at the ASHA National Office in Rockville, MD. NCSB is grateful to ASHA for the man-power and financial support related to this conference. Twenty-six individuals attended this conference. Since then, the greatest number of conference attendees was sixty-one at the New Orleans meeting held in 1977.

Over twenty-nine years, twenty-five different individuals have served as President, and the fifty-one individuals serving on the Board of Directors have represented twenty-eight states. State Board membership has ranged from eleven in 1983 to thirty in 2000. Individual membership has ranged from twelve to thirty-three. The annual dues for State Boards was established in the beginning at $350.00, lowered to $200.00 in 1986, raised to $300.00 in 1988, and raised to the current rate of $350.00 in 2003.

One of the missions of NCSB has not changed since its inception---that of facilitating communication among licensure boards. Its role of assisting other boards in implementing statutory regulations has changed since fifty states and the District of Columbia now regulate audiology, and forty-eight states and the District of Columbia regulate speech-language pathology. However, NCSB remains as a resource to other boards in sharing information, promoting universal licensure, and advocating for the protection of the consumers of our services.

NCSB invites you to join us for the 22nd annual conference as we return to our place of "birth" in celebration of 30 years of service to state licensing boards in speech-language pathology and audiology.





ASHA Continuing Education now has two ways to assist you in verifying courses reported by licensees; through the new ASHA Approved CE Provider Logo and through the Course Search database.

New ASHA Approved CE Provider Logo

The ASHA Approved CE Provider Logo has been redesigned and is more clearly identifiable. The Logo may only be used by ASHA Approved CE Providers, and they are using the new Logo on their primary promotional materials for all continuing education activities they offer for ASHA CEUs.

The new Logo image and the ASHA CE approval paragraph are combined and the approval paragraph includes the name of the ASHA Approved CE Provider. The new Logo comes in two versions to accommodate the size of the Approved Provider's promotional materials. The number of CEUs offered, the instructional level, and content area are included in a stand-alone sentence that you'll see above or below the Logo and approval paragraph.

You can see the new look in the samples provided by The Louisiana Board of Examiners for SLP and Audiology.

Example 1:

This course is offered for 1.0 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Example 2:

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level; Related area)


If you have questions about the use of the new ASHA Approved CE Provider Logo please contact Carol Williams by email at or by phone at 1-800-498-2071 ext. 5747.

ASHA CE Course Search

With the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) searchable course database called Course Search, validating information about a course offered for ASHA CEUs is only several keystrokes away on the ASHA Web site. Course Search provides information regarding course format, description, instructional level, subject description, course provider information, location, content area and instructor. Course Search provides information on courses dating back three years. Courses registered by ASHA Approved CE Providers that are open to the public, are posted on the Course Search database. You do not need to be an ASHA member to use Course Search.

To use Course Search:

  • Go to and click on Find a CEU Course. You'll be directed to a page titled Search for Courses.
  • Depending on the course information you have available, enter a keyword, start date, end date, location and subject area into the search criteria. (Instructions for using Course Search are also available on this page by clicking on Help Using Course Search on the left navigation bar.)
  • Click on the Search box at the bottom of the page.
  • In seconds, you'll receive your Search Results.

Depending on the course information you have available, enter a keyword, start date, end date, location and subject area into the search criteria. (Instructions for using Course Search are also available on this page by clicking on Help Using Course Search on the left navigation bar.)

Click on the Search box at the bottom of the page.

In seconds, you'll receive your Search Results

Giving licensees the link to Course Search ( Click on Find a CEU Course) provides them with an effective resource to identify courses they can take to meet continuing education requirements for maintenance of their state license in speech-language pathology or audiology. Through Course Search, licensees are able to identify course offerings related to a particular topic, location or timeframe and can contact the Approved Provider for more information. It is convenient for participants, and particularly those who are seeking specific professional content and want to attend a course offered for ASHA CEUs.

Contact Renee Levinson for inquiries about Course Search by e-mail at or by phone at 1-800-498-2071 ext. 5749. Renee is available to provide an orientation for you on the use of the Course Search database.





Board Profile: Louisiana

Board Facts

  • Passed legislation in 1972
  • Charter member of NCSB since 1979
  • Meets 6 times/year
  • License renewal is annual; 10 hours/year of continuing education required
  • Support Personnel requires license; license speech-language pathology assistants
  • Doctoral degree entry level required for audiologists
  • Board Composition - 7 members: 2 SLP (one must be employed in schools); 2 AUD (one must be actively dispensing hearing aids); 1 member either SLP or AUD; 1 public member; 1 ENT (non-voting)
  • Exemption-free licensure since 1978 (license for all employment settings)

Interview with Louisiana Board Administrator, Emily Efferson - By NCSB Board Member, Alma Peters

Question: As Board Administrator, what value did Louisiana see in joining NCSB and attending the annual meeting?

"As someone new to the position I attended the new board member training the day before the annual meeting, and it was just excellent! It was a top notch training that I felt was valuable for my job."

"I really enjoyed the ‘Generational Differences" speaker. That presentation was both informative and entertaining. I think my favorite part of the meeting was the break-out sessions. As a group of State Boards, we have a lot of issues that overlap and hearing how other states approach an issue makes you think out of the box. Hearing about the experiences of other states helps me to consider other ways of dealing with an issue."

Question: Is there anything interesting/unusual going on with your Board?

"We are looking at different ways to ‘go green' and reduce paperwork. Instead of mailing three printed newsletters we are not doing two printed with one being only web based. We are collecting e-mail addresses to enable us to do e-blasts. We are revamping our system from Microsoft to web-based. Everything on our website is in real time. We just had a board meeting this afternoon, and the disciplinary actions will be on the site today."






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