Reflective Journals: A Tool in a Clinical Supervision Model The clinical experiences included in a program of study in speech-language pathology are intended to provide student clinicians with the opportunity to apply knowledge they have learned in the classroom, as well as to develop and practice skills needed by professionals in this field. Supervision is provided to ensure ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2003
Reflective Journals: A Tool in a Clinical Supervision Model
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  • Loline J. Saras
    Department of Special Education, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
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Article   |   October 01, 2003
Reflective Journals: A Tool in a Clinical Supervision Model
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2003, Vol. 13, 26-28. doi:10.1044/aas13.3.26
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2003, Vol. 13, 26-28. doi:10.1044/aas13.3.26
The clinical experiences included in a program of study in speech-language pathology are intended to provide student clinicians with the opportunity to apply knowledge they have learned in the classroom, as well as to develop and practice skills needed by professionals in this field. Supervision is provided to ensure that students are developing the clinical competencies needed to diagnose and treat communication disorders and to encourage self-analysis of clinical and teaching skills. Unfortunately, many students tend to approach their clinical experience with the attitude that they are merely trying to satisfy a particular supervisor at a particular time. In fact, it is not uncommon to hear a student ask a supervisor, “Is this what you want me to do?” when discussing a client or a clinical procedure. As a university-based supervisor for many years, I have found that changing this type of student behavior can be accomplished through the use of a clinical supervision model and, more specifically, through the use of systematic observation techniques and reflective journals.
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