SP 158: Clinical Practicum: Definition and Concepts November 11, 2008 FACL

•concerned with individual with communication problem •motivated to learn •willing to work independently •willing to adapt to different working situations

Clinical Practicum •supervised experience in which students learn SP 158: Elements of Clinical Practicum professional skills of assessing and treating November 12, 2008 people with communication disorders. FACL What does clinical practicum provides? •It provides necessary opportunities to apply and expand on the information in academic courses. •It provides the opportunities to interact with the patients/clients with communication disorders, professionals who are concerned with the habilitation and rehabilitation fields, families in a learning and caring environment. •Allows student.... ◦to participate in a variety of teaching-learning activities that would enhance and develop his/her competence and confidence in carrying out assessment and treatment activities. ◦To establish and build professional relationship with his/her: ▪mentor ▪co-interns ▪professionals ▪clients ◦to identify strengths and limitations ◦develop a healthy attitude towards ethical practice Assumptions Supervision is important and beneficial to students Clinical supervisors are “superclinicians” Supervisors attempt to produce selfdirected, independent, problemsolving clinicians Elements: •students/interns/learners •clinical supervisor •training curriculum/programs •setting •patient •families •other professionals/colleagues •supervisory process Students •primary consumers of the program •neophytes, novices •eager, excited, ambivalent about confidence •curious, afraid, anxious, ambitious Clinical supervisors •mentors, guide, teachers •prepare/plan, direct, organize, demonstrate, evaluate student learning/performance and activities •advice, model, counsel students Training program •map, guide, measuring tape of learning •identifies specific competencies that student need to learn •provides opportunities to apply theories into practical skills

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Setting •clinical (hospital/clinics) and educational (schools, day-care centers), community The ultimate role of clinical supervisor × centers, home care is to evaluate •provides venues to practice and develop Everybody can participate in clinical clinical skills and attitudes / practicum •provides a venue to be exposed to the different clients •dictates the decorum, behavior, techniques, Who may participate? and approaches used for therapy •Completed undergraduate academic •provides the student the options for requirement in SP •completed graduate academic requirement in employment choices later on SP Patients •professionals who are undertaking •clients, “textbooks” in the clinic specialization courses (mentorship) •provides the students with the opportunity to put into practice learned concepts into Students who are: •responsible assessment and intervention

•concern of the student and clinical supervisor •helps the students develop proper attitude and behavior Families •sources of information, team members •they provide support for your patients, interventions •they help the students develop proper attitudes and behaviors in dealing with diverse personalities Other professionals •team members •learning resources •support systems •network Supervisory process •method used to assist the student develop the necessary competencies needed for professional practice •relationship between and clinical supervisor


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