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Part 8: Student/Clinic Instructor Relationship
Clinic Instruction is Different
Professionals who provide clinic instruction, or clinical supervision, are interested in your progress toward becoming a competent and confident professional. The student-instructor relationship is intended to foster student growth. To grow, you need the opportunity to figure things out for yourself-- to develop knowledge and skills, to include critical thinking as a clinician.
This is not to say that you should "go it alone" in your practicum. Quite the contrary! You should be participating in an active and ongoing dialogue with your instructor about your client's progress and your own progress as an intern.
Your instructor is looking for signs that you are analyzing your client's progress and assessing your own performance; that you are being proactive in finding answers and forming ideas; and that you are bringing this information and these ideas to your conversations with them.
Your instructor is not only an educator but a support person for you as an intern. We encourage you to open and honest with your instructor; you instructor cares about you as a student in the program and as a future professional.
Your instructor will use several methods to guide your learning. These usually include individual student-instructor conferences, reviews of recorded sessions, group meetings, demonstration therapy and evaluation. Through these processes, the instructor intends to help you develop greater independence in problem solving, decision-making, and evaluating your clinical skills.
Style of Supervision
Instructional styles vary across supervisors, and a given instructor's style may vary across students.
Instructional styles vary across supervisors for numerous reasons, to include:
A supervisor may change instructional styles between students for numerous reasons, to include:
Amount of Supervision
ASHA Standards call on professionals to provide as much supervision as the student requires, up to 100% and no less than 25%, based on the student's and client's needs.
You can expect your instructor to observe from 30% to 60% of your therapy sessions. If you feel you would like more observations, feel free to discuss that with your instructor. The instructor is there to help!
ASHA Resources on Supervision
The American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association has helpful resources on Student Supervision.