Clinical Education Information
The Communication Disorders Treatment and Research Clinic (CDTRC) provides a setting in which we can teach students clinical and client management skills.
This type of practical teaching is referred to as Clinical Education. Students also undertake clinical education in hospitals and community settings affiliated with the University.
The goals of clinical education are professional growth and development for both students and clinical educators resulting in optimal service to clients.
The CDTRC has both full-time and part-time clinical educators. Academic staff members from the Discipline of Speech Pathology, also provide clinical education in their specialty areas.
The range of experience of the clinical educators and academic staff, who provide clinical teaching for students, varies from five to twenty five years.
So what does clinical education involve?
Clinical education typically takes the form of one-to-one and/or group teaching, mentoring, and coaching. In addition to their clinical teaching for students, clinical educators are responsible for ensuring that clients receive a quality service.
We teach the students a whole gamut of skills, ranging from the very basic and essential skills in assessing communication accurately and developing intervention plans to teaching the students skills in counselling with difficult cases. Students learn these skills with a variety of clients.
The CDTRC is actively engaged in research into clinical education. A number of staff and graduate students are completing research projects on topics as diverse as supervisory style, students' self-evaluation, and the experience of being a clinical educator.