Essentials in Mentoring Clinical Skills in Stuttering Therapy As a profession, there is need to teach, improve, and perpetuate the clinical skills of speech-language pathologists in the area of stuttering. There are different clinical education approaches to this goal which relate to the stage of the clinician’s maturation and development. Clinical supervision is the approach used commonly in ... Article
Article  |   February 01, 2009
Essentials in Mentoring Clinical Skills in Stuttering Therapy
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Gary J. Rentschler
    Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Angela Mosesso
    Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / Articles
Article   |   February 01, 2009
Essentials in Mentoring Clinical Skills in Stuttering Therapy
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, February 2009, Vol. 19, 14-19. doi:10.1044/ffd19.1.14
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, February 2009, Vol. 19, 14-19. doi:10.1044/ffd19.1.14
Abstract

As a profession, there is need to teach, improve, and perpetuate the clinical skills of speech-language pathologists in the area of stuttering. There are different clinical education approaches to this goal which relate to the stage of the clinician’s maturation and development. Clinical supervision is the approach used commonly in graduate programs teaching new clinicians. Mentoring is another approach, perhaps more appropriate for learners already having mastered basic knowledge and clinical skills.

This paper discusses issues of learner knowledge, clinical skills, and values which underlie stuttering therapy. It offers a value-based mentoring approach applicable to educating clinicians interested in stuttering.

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