If you feel you have experienced sexual abuse or sexual misconduct by a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, please contact the ACSLPA Complaints Director at 780-944-1609. Your concern will be handled in a supportive and respectful manner. The Complaints Director will assist you in exploring the complaints process. For information on the ACSLPA complaints process, click here.
ACSLPA’s Patient Relations Program
Under the Health Professions Act (HPA), ACSLPA must have a Patient Relations Program which includes measures for preventing and addressing sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by ACSLPA members towards their patients. The Patient Relations Program also strives to support patients who are the victims of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct by regulated members.
The following resources are provided to help you access the information and supports that may help you.
MyHealth Alberta (information source, search “sexual assault” or “sexual abuse”)
211 Alberta – 24 Hour Information and Referral Service
Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS)
Health Link Alberta (811)
Educational Requirements for Regulated SLPs and Audiologists related to the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct
Staff, Council, Committee Training
Staff have received education and training to prevent and address sexual abuse of and sexual misconduct towards patients. Training is provided to all new staff within 3 months of commencement and existing staff receive refresher training every 5 years.
ACSLPA Council and Hearing Tribunal/Complaint Review Committee members receive training when first elected/appointed, and further training when selected to sit on a tribunal/appeal panel. Their training includes information regarding Trauma Informed Practice and sexual violence.
Funding for Treatment and Counseling
ACSLPA provides funding for treatment or counselling for patients who have experienced sexual abuse or sexual misconduct by an ACSLPA member. Please contact the ACSLPA Registrar & CEO for inquiries.
Individuals may also have access to funding for services through private insurance/benefits plans (e.g., Alberta Blue Cross, Employee and Family Assistance Plan, etc).