Skott E. Freedman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, recently published an article in Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation.
Title: Repaving the one-way street: self-reflection in speech-language pathology
Journal: Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
Issue: 2013, Volume 44, Number 3
Abstract: Self-reflection in a clinical setting entails the ability to analyze a therapy session for both its strengths and weaknesses, as well as to identify contributions from both the client and clinician that may be influencing the intervention process. The initial focus of speech-language pathology, and most likely other clinical fields, naturally is on the client. It is no wonder then that this focus remains during much of graduate coursework and clinical practica. That said, an effective treatment is only as effective as the clinician administering it. It seems therefore that the focus of intervention must also be on the clinician. Self-reflection is a valuable tool that can and should be used with professionals in all levels of learning, beginning in graduate school and especially during the first several post-graduate years. Without a supervisor observing most of their sessions anymore, students must be empowered to become their own supervisors.