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Professional Development

CAPCSD offers a wide range of professional development opportunities for its member programs, including the Annual Conference, the Lisa Scott Leadership Academy, DEI Academy, the Admissions Summit, and eLearning courses on clinical education.

In addition, CAPCSD offers a wide variety of webinars for professional development addressing specific topics for administrators, faculty, and Ph.D. students. Most live webinars are available for CEU credit, and all webinars are recorded and provided to registrants who are unable to attend the live sessions. Also, there are several courses now available as on-demand. As an additional resource, CAPCSD has podcasts on Simulations, Standardized Patients, and Telepractice, and more, all available on the CAPCSD website.



The CAPCSD annual conference is held in a major US city every spring. Over the past 44 years, it has gained a reputation as the leading site for collaborating, connecting, and exploring issues in our field. The conference, based heavily on attendee feedback, is designed to offer sessions that inform administrators on hot topics, whether you are a Dean, Chair, Program Director, Clinic Director, or Faculty. Every year, we are pleased to offer engaging sessions from the leaders of the field. In addition, the conference receives numerous call-for-paper proposals, which adds to the diversity and dynamic of the available sessions. The conference is also designed to create a fun and social environment that encourages networking and interaction among attendees.

The Lisa Scott Leadership Academy

As part of its mission to provide visionary leadership for academic programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders and to promote the professional development of its constituents, the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) continues to offer a program to help individuals considering academic leadership positions, or who are newly engaged in academic leadership, develop their knowledge and skills in the area of leadership.


eLearning Courses – Clinical Education

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CAPCSD developed four self-paced, online courses focused on the process of clinical education. Each course contains 5 independent modules worth CEU hours. These eLearning courses are at an introductory to intermediate level and meet ASHA’s clinical educator requirement. Continuing education units are available through ASHA or AAA.

The four courses that are available are:

  • Foundations of Clinical Education
  • Effective Student-Clinical Educator Relationships
  • Feedback in Clinical Education
  • Assessing Student Performance

These courses are provided at no cost to CAPCSD member programs.


CAPCSD webinars provide an opportunity to stay up-to-date on trends and evidence-based practices targeted for administrators, faculty, and PhD students. Most webinars offer ASHA CEUs when attended live.



Click here for the CAPCSD Cancellation and Refund Policy for the conference, webinars, and other events.

Click here for the CAPCSD Programs Code of Conduct Policy for the conference, webinars, and other events.


CAPCSD offers ASHA CEUs for some professional development courses.  Please see each CAPCSD offering to see if it qualifies for ASHA CEUs.  For information on earning or calculating ASHA CEUs, please see the ASHA website here.



ASHA CE Provider Approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures. This text serves to protect the Provider and ASHA. ASHA Approved CE Providers represent divergent philosophies and procedures. In professions as diverse as speech-language pathology and audiology, it is the responsibility of each professional to stay informed, to reflect on information and experiences presented in CE offerings, and to make educated judgments about information presented using their professional training, experience, critical thinking, and informed opinion. Professionals must be responsible for making informed decisions about the philosophical and procedural paths best suited for their professional practice. It has been and continues to be, the policy of the ASHA Continuing Education Board to approve CE Providers, not course content, products, or procedures. In fairness to participants, this statement serves to apprise them of this policy.

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