The Standards of Practice define the minimum level of professional performance that SLPs and audiologists are expected to demonstrate to ensure competent, safe and ethical practice. Each regulated member of ACSLPA is accountable for practicing in accordance with the Standards of Practice, regardless of role, practice area or practice setting.
Any breach of the Standards of Practice may constitute unprofessional conduct, as defined in the Health Professions Act.
ACSLPA’s Code of Ethics/Standards of Practice were recently reviewed and revised, incorporating principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). The new revised Standards of Practice are now available below.
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The Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA) is a regulatory body that carries out its activities in accordance with provincial legislation to protect and serve the public by regulating, supporting, and ensuring competent, safe, and ethical practice of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists in Alberta. … more
A regulated member of ACSLPA selects and applies appropriate screening/assessment procedures, analyzes/interprets the information gathered to determine diagnosis and implements appropriate interventions to deliver quality services that correspond to clients’ priorities and changing needs.
A regulated member of ACSLPA identifies and manages all situations or circumstances of real, perceived, or potential conflict of interest to protect their professional integrity and the clients’ best interests.
A regulated member of ACSLPA who is on the general register and who has been issued an active practice permit maintains their competence to practice and meets the requirements of the Continuing Competence Program.
A regulated member of ACSLPA maintains clear, confidential, accurate, legible, timely and complete records, in compliance with legislation and regulatory requirements.
The fundamental expectation of documentation is that anyone reviewing a client record must be able to determine what care was provided, to whom it was provided, by whom and when the care was provided, why the care was provided, and any evaluation of the care that was provided.
This standard is applicable to regulated members who are responsible for the management of employees.
A regulated member of ACSLPA, who is responsible for the management of employees, ensures the appropriate management of human resources to support competent, safe, inclusive, and effective service delivery.
This standard is applicable to regulated members working in a private practice environment.
A regulated member of ACSLPA, working in a private practice environment, ensures that fees for products/services are justifiable and that clients are informed of fee schedules prior to the delivery of services.
Standard Area 5.0 – Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists provide professional services in a range of settings to a variety of individuals. ACSLPA recognizes that there may be a power imbalance between regulated members and the patients to whom they provide services. In recognition of this, and in accordance with amendments to the Health Professions Act (HPA) by way of Bill 21: An Act to Protect Patients (2018) and Bill 10: The Health Professions (Protecting Women and Girls) Amendment Act, 2022, ACSLPA has developed these Standards of Practice. Every recipient of speech-language pathology and audiology services should feel safe and protected from sexual misconduct and sexual abuse.
A regulated member of ACSLPA, except in particular circumstances, abstains from providing a health service to a spouse, an adult interdependent partner or other person with whom the speech-language pathologist or audiologist is in an existing sexual relationship.
A regulated member of ACSLPA abstains from any unwanted or unwelcome behaviour, either physical or verbal, with a patient’s substitute decision-maker, guardian, or parent that could reasonably be perceived to be of a sexual nature.
A regulated member of ACSLPA completes mandatory educational requirements prescribed by the Council for preventing and addressing sexual abuse and sexual misconduct, as defined by the Health Professions Act, towards patients.
A regulated member of ACSLPA, acting in their professional capacity, who has reasonable grounds to believe that the conduct of another regulated member of any college constitutes the procurement or performance of female genital mutilation (FGM) as defined by the Health Professions Act (HPA), or constitutes sexual abuse or sexual misconduct, as defined by the HPA, has a duty to report that conduct to the complaints director for the applicable college, in accordance with section 127.2(2) of the HPA.
A regulated member of ACSLPA takes professional responsibility for the work of those who perform restricted activities under their supervision, direction, or control, namely:
a) speech-language pathology, audiology, and hearing aid practitioner students,
b) speech-language pathologists and audiologists who require a period of supervised practice to meet a condition on their practice permit,
c) conditional practice permit holders registered by the College of Hearing Aid Practitioners of Alberta (CHAPA),
d) practice permit holders registered by CHAPA who are completing a training course involving restricted activities that is being led by a registered audiologist, and
e) support personnel.
Regulated members provide appropriate supervision to the individuals listed above in relation to the performance of restricted activities, including procedures or episodes of care that involve restricted activities. Examples of procedures that involve restricted activities that speech-language pathologists and audiologists are authorized to perform in Alberta are available as part of ACSLPA’s Restricted Activity Competency Profiles (refer to each individual competency profile page, specifically the section in the table entitled “examples of procedures involving the restricted activity”).