Standards of Practice and Protocols for Academic Language Therapy

Standards of Practice and Protocols for Academic Language Therapy

Practices . . .

In addition to abiding by the Academic Language Therapy Association's Bylaws, Standards of Practice, and Code of Ethics, members of ALTA have certain obligations to our profession, colleagues, and clients. These are met . . .

To the Profession by:

To Colleagues by:

To Clients by:

Protocol . . .

Several simple, but worthwhile, conventions will serve to promote and maintain appropriate public recognition of the specialist nature of our education and professional practice and will help to give our profession important uniformity and consistency.

Use of the professional title "Certified Academic Language Therapist" is strictly limited to active members of the Academic Language Therapy Association.

Use of the Association's name and/or logo on business cards or other items is limited to members only.

Use of the official ALTA logo letterhead imprinted with Board of Directors is limited to the Board of Directors and Executive Office or by written permission.

Logo only stationery is available for member use to personalize.

ALTA members in private practice, and others where practical, should display the ALTA membership certificate as well as the specific certificate(s) of program completion.

Use of the ALTA membership Directory is for related professional purposes only.

Establishing Professional ALTA Groups

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Greivance Procedures for the Academic Language Therapy Association

Authority

  1. Authority for enforcement of the Code of Ethics of the Academic Language Therapy Association is vested in the Board of Directors of the Academic Language Therapy Association and the Ethics and Grievances Committee of said Board.
  2. The Board is charged with adoption of all reasonable and necessary Bylaws, Principles and Rules which it may deem advisable, and the Board and the Committee are empowered with authority to suspend or revoke Certificates of Registration and terminate memberships for certain causes.

Disciplinary Action

  1. The Board may revoke a Certificate of Registration for failure to register annually and remit renewal fees.
  2. The Committee may reprimand, place on probation, suspend, or revoke the Certificate of Registration of a Certified Academic Language Therapist for proof of acts which violate the Code of Ethics of the Academic Language Therapy Association.

Definition of Complaint

In order for the Committee to act on a complaint against a Certified Academic Language Therapist, the complaint shall be acknowledged before a Notary Public and submitted in writing to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall refer such complaint to the Ethics and Grievances Committee. No oral communication of complaints shall be investigated by the Committee. All written complaints shall be kept in an information file.

Records

  1. The Ethics and Grievances Committee shall maintain a separate file containing all information in connection with complaints, charges and hearings of such charges, and the action of the Committee in each case.
  2. On each written complaint relating to a Certified Academic Language Therapist filed with the committee, a report to the complainant shall be made on a timely basis on the status of the complaint until the final disposition on the complaint.

Informal Disposition

Informal hearings of disciplinary actions may be conducted after the filing of a sworn complaint but before a formal Committee hearing is set. Informal hearings may be chaired by one Committee member, or the designate or representative of the Committee. The Committee shall present its evidence substantiating the complaint, and the Certified Academic Language Therapist may present evidence by correspondence or appearance at the informal hearings, in an effort to bring about an adjustment and equitable solution to the matter without a formal hearing before the Committee. All informal dispositions of matters shall not be final and effective until the Committee, at a regularly called session, endorses and renders its acceptance of the proposed agreement of the parties. If the controversy is not resolved, such informal hearings shall be held without prejudice to the right of the Committee thereafter, to institute a formal hearing governing the same matters, or the right of the Certified Academic Language Therapist to request a formal hearing.

Notice of Hearings

Prior to an informal or formal hearing by the Committee, the Certified Academic Language Therapist shall be advised of the specifics in the complaint as well as the date, time, and place of such informal or formal hearings; provided, however that notice of said hearing shall be served upon the Certified Academic Language Therapist no less than fifteen (15) days prior to the date set for said hearing.

Appeals of Committee Orders

A Certified Academic Language Therapist who is aggrieved by a decision of the Committee, may file an appeal with the ALTA Board of Directors within thirty (30) days of the receipt of a copy of the Committee's decision.

Witnesses

The Committee shall hear such witnesses as are reasonably necessary to fairly present the relevant issues as set forth in the complaint, together with witnesses knowledgeable of material facts to the defense of the Certified Academic Language Therapist.

Official Record

The Committee shall keep an official record of all proceedings and exhibits.

Transcript

The Committee may cause a transcript of the proceedings to be made which, together with the evidence and exhibits submitted, shall be the record of the hearing. Such transcript may be made also on written request of either party of said charges, but at the expense of the demand party. A copy of such transcript, however caused to be made, shall be submitted to the Committee and become part of the record of the case.

Findings

  1. At the conclusion of each hearing and after careful consideration of all the evidence, the Committee shall make a finding in each case based on majority opinion. The Committee may find that:

    1. the complaint is without merit, and should be dismissed; or

    2. the complaint is substantiated and the Certified Academic Language Therapist has violated the Code of Ethics of the Academic Language Therapy Association.

      In such case, the Committee shall then determine the penalty to be imposed. The penalty shall be one of the following:

      1. reprimand: The formal notice of the Committee that the finding has resulted in public censure for improper conduct by the Certified Academic Language Therapist.
      2. suspension: The formal notice of the Committee that the finding has resulted in suspensions of the Certified Academic Language Therapist's Certificate of Registration for a stated period of time as determined by the Committee; all or part of which suspension may be probated under such terms as may be determined by the Committee.
      3. revocation: The formal notice of the Committee that the finding has resulted in revocation of the Certified Academic Language Therapist's Certificate of Registration.
      4. place on probation: The formal notice of the Committee that the finding has resulted in disciplinary action, for which the Committee has granted clemency for a stated period of time.
  2. When the Committee has made its findings, and imposed the penalty, the meeting of the Committee shall stand recessed as to that case, subject to recall by the Committee or the Board of Directors. The - Committee shall, to the extent possible, proceed with the conduct of the hearing on each subsequent working day until the hearing is conducted.

Correspondence

The Chairman of the Committee may carry on correspondence with the Certified Academic Language Therapist or the complainant, provided copies of such correspondence with either shall be immediately furnished the other.

Disqualification of Committee Members

If, for personal reasons, a member of the Committee finds that he/she should not act on any charge before the Committee, he/she may disqualify himself/herself from acting in the proceedings. By majority vote, the Committee may request but cannot demand that a member so disqualify himself/herself. Suggestions by any party that a member of the Committee should disqualify himself/herself shall be included in the record of the proceedings and shall be considered by the Committee.

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