All Westside CF mentors have their ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competency, have worked full time for at least 9 months after earning their CCC (most have worked even longer), and have taken the required supervisory coursework dictated by ASHA. In addition, onsite mentors are available allowing for incidental learning, opportunities for observations, and scheduled weekly meetings.
The mentor will work with the fellow to establish outcomes and performance levels to be achieved during the CF, and will provide guidance throughout the experience. The emphasis especially at the beginning of the experience is on learning. For this reason, caseloads are built up gradually to a level that meets productivity standards.
In addition to a CF mentor, each clinic typically has a team of speech/language pathologists available to provide support and that meets and collaborates on a regular basis.
Westside and the Westside speech leads/directors regularly provide inservices and training that foster growth for all therapists in the areas of speech and language as well as feeding.