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Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 4th Edition

  • Rosemary Lubinski, Ed.D.
  • Melanie W. Hudson, M.A.
  • ISBN-10: 1111309108
  • ISBN-13: 9781111309107
  • 672 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2001, 1994
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

The 4th Edition of PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY explores the most relevant and critical issues related to professional practice in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders today. Written by a variety of highly regarded experts in the field, each chapter delves into a critical issue, such as research, education and health care policies, infection prevention, service delivery, multicultural populations, and more. Comprehensive in coverage, the topics provide an up to date view of the profession while preparing readers to earn their ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. In-depth discussions also address professional pathways and organizations, employment issues, and ethical-legal considerations to get readers thinking about career advancement and success in any setting.


  • Sensible Presentation: Each chapter begins with a Scope section to introduce the topic, and follows with in-depth discussion to help readers focus on key issues. Chapters end with a take-home message and learning features, such as critical thinking and discussion questions, references, suggested resources, and appendices to improve reader retention.

  • Contemporary Issues: The 4th Edition of PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY continues to prepare readers with a real-world view of issues affecting professional practice in a wide variety of settings.

  • Expansive Topics: The 4th Edition of PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY builds a thorough knowledge base with intriguing discussions on the evolution of the profession; standards underlying skilled practice; legal, financial, and social issues; services in educational, medical, and private practice settings; and obtaining employment.

  • Wide Appeal: Ideal for undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate studies, the versatile content reflects expertise from both speech-language pathologists and audiologists in clinical, academic, research, and even professional association settings.

  • ASHA-Approved Material: This text uses a helpful matrix to point out Council for Clinical Certification Standards and must-know material for the Certificate of Clinical Competence.

About the Author

Rosemary Lubinski, Ed.D.

Dr. Lubinski is a Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. She has published several texts, including Dementia and Communication, Communication Technologies for the Elderly, and A Guide to Cultural Competence in the Curriculum: Speech-Language Pathology, along with more than peer-reviewed articles. A Fellow of ASHA, she speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to aging and communication, as well as professional issues.

Melanie W. Hudson, M.A.

Melanie W. Hudson, an ASHA Fellow, is a Director at EBS Healthcare. She has over 30 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist in public schools, and has also worked in private practice and university settings. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the ASHA Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council, and will begin a 3-year term on the ASHA Board of Directors as SLPAC Chair in 2016. She is currently serving as a member of the ASHA Board of Ethics. She served on ASHA’s Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators as the Coordinator for Special Interest Group 11, Administration and Supervision, and on ASHA’s ad hoc committee on Supervision in 2013. She is co-editor and chapter author for the 4th edition of “Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology,” (Lubinski & Hudson; Delmar, Cengage Learning, 2013). She is a former President of the Georgia Speech-Language and Hearing Association, and received their Honors of the Association Award in 2014. She currently serves on the Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Melanie presents on topics related to school-based services, autism spectrum disorders, clinical education (supervision/mentoring), and professional ethics.

Table of Contents

1. Professions for the 21st Century by Rosemary Lubinski and Melanie W. Hudson.
2. History of the Professions by Judith Felson Duchan.
3. Establishing Professional Competencies through Education, Certification, and
Licensure by Dolores Battle.
4. Professional Organizations by Sue Hale and Fred Bess.
5. Professional Ethics by Thomas Miller.
6. Professional Liability by Jennifer Horner.
7. International Alliances by Linda Worrall, Louise Hickson, and Anna O'Callaghan.
8. Workforce Issues in CSD by Gail Brook.
9. Preparing for Employment by Rosemary Lubinski.
10. Building Your Career by Melanie W. Hudson and Marva Mount.
11. Professional Autonomy and Collaboration by Janet Brown and Jaynee Handlesman
12. Support Personnel in CSD by Diane Paul and Susan Sparks
13. Health Care Legislation, Regulation, and Finance by Steve White and Ingrida Lusis.
14. Service Delivery in Health Care Settings by Alex Johnson.
15. Service Delivery and Policy in Educational Settings by Charlette Green and Perry Flynn.
16. Service Delivery in Early Intervention by Cory Herd.
17. Service Delivery in Private Practice by Kenneth Wolf.
18. Strategically Promoting Access to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology by Brooke Hallowell and Bernard Henri.
19. Policies and Procedures by Paul Rao.
20. Documentation Guidelines by Barbara Moore.
21. Leadership and Communication Skills by Ann Kummer.
22. Infection Prevention by Rosemary Lubinski.
23. Child Abuse and Elder Mistreatment by Rosemary Lubinski.
24. Service Delivery for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations by Hortencia Kayser.
25. Supervision and Mentoring by Melanie W. Hudson.
26. Telepractice and Technology by Carol Dudding.
27. Workplace Stress and Burnout by Rosemary Lubinski.
28. The Future of Science by Ray Kent.
29. Applying Evidence to Clinical Practice by Karen Brown and Lee Ann Golper.

New to this edition

  • Fresh Perspectives: The 4th Edition boasts input from seven new, expert authors, as well as updates and revisions to data and references throughout, making PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY the most comprehensive book of its kind on the market.
  • Current Mandates: The 4th Edition of PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY includes recent and potential changes to federal funding and health care delivery, and meets national educational mandates for raising standards in educational outcomes for students.
  • Stand-Alone Flexibility: Chapters may be used independently or to supplement other readings, and in any order, to make course preparation convenient. In addition, critical thinking questions in every chapter make impromptu class discussions or planned assignments easier to coordinate.
  • All-New Chapters: Delivering the latest information available, the book now includes coverage on the History of the Profession, Building Your Career, Documentation Guidelines, Supervision and Mentoring, and Telepractice and Technology, along with three new chapters on Service Delivery.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resoruce  (ISBN-10: 1111309116 | ISBN-13: 9781111309114)

The Instructor Resources commonly includes PowerPoint® presentations for each core textbook chapter, an Instructor's Manual with lesson plans and course preparation materials, and other text-specific resources.