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Guardian Angie

July 2, 2013

Some tips and reminders from our class’ favourite second year buddy, Angie:


1. Don’t reinvent the wheel! There are plenty of materials for you to use, and the key is to think of various different ways you can use them. A challenge that was recently presented to me was to take one set of words or cards, and think of 3 different ways you can use them in one session.

2. The simpler the better! Kids don’t need things to be complicated. In fact, the more you plan, the more things will not go according to plan. So it’s best not to plan too carefully!

3. With adults, don’t forget about the PERSON sitting in front of you. Try to develop a relationship with the client first and foremost. Therapy is probably way more intimidating for them than it is for you – after all, they have now lost the ability to do something so fundamental that they were capable of at one time. How scary would that be!

4. Try to relax. Don’t worry so much about doing things by the book. Often, the best sessions are the most casual ones.

5. Try to collect good data. I know it’s really hard because there are so many things to pay attention to at once, but that’s where the camera comes in handy early on. Once you get your feet wet, make sure you start trying to write things down in the session. It makes report-writing infinitely easier later on.


The last editor of the blog, Adele Courchesne, listed some of her own suggestions here.

For those students currently doing placements or those experienced clinicians in the trenches for year, what tips do you have for success in early clinical practice?


3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2013 10:06 pm

    Try new things! Corbett Clinic is such a safe and supportive environment… so explore and see what works! You may completely bomb… but that’s okay. It’s a good learning experience and WAY better to learn it here than in later placements! (my CE and I had a talk on this very topic today!)

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