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Clinicians in the Making

June 23, 2011

 Photo by Stephanie Trussel (SLP students Class of 2012)

Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand

~  Chinese proverb

As this chinese proverb wisely notes, experience is the learner’s best friend. And this couldn’t be more true for the learning clinician. After months of studying, the SLP class of 2012 has embarked on their first clinical practicums at Corbett clinic; the department’s very own speech and language clinic. The University of Alberta is unique to have such a program available to their students. Many other programs in Canada require their students to pursue their first practicums outside of the university, however, for students at the University of Alberta, the first clinical practicums are right at the university!

A little about Corbett Clinic
Corbett Clinic is the on-site clinical training portion of the MSLP program.  Students complete their first two introductory placements through Corbett Clinic, under the supervision of staff in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology.  The clinic serves nearly 100 clients from the community each year.  Treatment is offered over 12 week terms, which run concurrent with the university terms.

The clients range in age from preschool through geriatrics and present with a wide range of developmental and acquired speech and language disorders.  Each client receives a complete assessment and at least one term of treatment services. Sessions typically occur two times per week for 45 minutes to an hour.

Collaborative treatment and learning teams are used within Corbett Clinic.  In the introductory placements, clients are served by a treatment team which includes the client/family, two direct student clinicians, two consulting student clinicians and a clinical supervisor.  In this model treatment teams are presented with clinical problems and guided in using a team method to solve them.  This results in both clinical and interpersonal development for the students and produces outstanding client service.

http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/rehabmed_2007/corbett_clinic.cfm

Let’s Hear from You!

We want to hear your stories from your first clinical practicums! Please share a story, advice, or something funny  that happened by posting a comment. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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