Exploring the impact of a ‘Clients-as-Tutors Program on speech-language pathology students’ and graduates understanding of client-centred practice

Ruby M. Kearney, Sarah E. Verdon, Laura Hoffman, Michelle Smith-Tamaray

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Abstract

Purpose: This study explored the impact of an Australian regional university’s Clients-as-Tutors Program (CTP) on speech-language pathology students’ perception and understanding of client-centred practice. Method: Two focus group interviews comprising three final-year students and four newly graduated speech-language pathologists who had completed the CTP. An inductive thematic analysis was undertaken to identify salient themes. Result: Three themes were identified: (a) learning from theory, (b) learning from others, and (c) learning from yourself. These themes represented all participants’ experiences in the CTP, yet there were unique, individual journeys that each participant experienced. Conclusion: Findings from this study have the capacity to affect change in how client-centred practice is taught at universities across speech-language pathology and other health courses, to disrupt the traditional power structure between client and clinician, and to provide an evidence base for the role of experiential learning in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Aug 2023

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