European Clinical Specialization in Fluency Disorders (ECSF): Participants Review the First Four Years Background: The European Clinical Specialization in Fluency Disorders (ECSF) is a 1-year postgraduate course for speech and language therapists (known as speech-language pathologists in the United States). The program was developed by a consortium whose members are specialists in fluency disorders from European universities/colleges. The consortium expanded to include other ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 2014
European Clinical Specialization in Fluency Disorders (ECSF): Participants Review the First Four Years
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Margaret Leahy
    Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
  • Joseph Agius
    Univeristy of Malta, Msida, Malta
  • Carl Hylebos
    Artevelde University College, Ghent, Belgium
  • Luc De Nil
    University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
    University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • Kurt Eggers
    Thomas More University College, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Disclosure: Financial: Margaret Leahy, Joseph Agius, Carl Hylebos, Luc De Nil, and Kurt Eggers have no financial interests to disclose.
    Disclosure: Financial: Margaret Leahy, Joseph Agius, Carl Hylebos, Luc De Nil, and Kurt Eggers have no financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Margaret Leahy, Luc De Nil, and Kurt Eggers have previously published in this topic. Some of these works are referenced in this paper. Joseph Agius and Carl Hylebos have no nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Margaret Leahy, Luc De Nil, and Kurt Eggers have previously published in this topic. Some of these works are referenced in this paper. Joseph Agius and Carl Hylebos have no nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Articles
Article   |   May 01, 2014
European Clinical Specialization in Fluency Disorders (ECSF): Participants Review the First Four Years
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, May 2014, Vol. 24, 26-32. doi:10.1044/ffd24.1.26
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, May 2014, Vol. 24, 26-32. doi:10.1044/ffd24.1.26

Background: The European Clinical Specialization in Fluency Disorders (ECSF) is a 1-year postgraduate course for speech and language therapists (known as speech-language pathologists in the United States). The program was developed by a consortium whose members are specialists in fluency disorders from European universities/colleges. The consortium expanded to include other EU college members and specialists from EU centers of clinical excellence.

Purpose: This paper presents an evaluative review by students and teachers who have participated in the initial 4 years of ECSF courses.

Methodology: Two mixed methods online survey questionnaire were used, one for each group (student course participants and consortium members, designated as teachers throughout the paper) with quantitative, comparative data gathering, along with elements of qualitative data emerging from invited comments, and from open-ended questions.

Results: High and relatively high levels of satisfaction were expressed by all participants regarding the overall experience of ECSF. There was a wider range of satisfaction expressed by student participants regarding aspects of course content and experience of clinical work. Participants' responses providing qualitative data indicate major influences of the ECSF on professional development, and strong appreciation of participation in ECSF.

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