Counseling is an integral part of work as a speech-language pathologist (SLP). Research indicates that training in this discipline is often lacking in communicative disorders educational programs. This can leave SLPs feeling uncomfortable providing this essential service to their clients. The purpose of this study was to determine whether counseling training, in the form of three brief modules, would increase the comfort level of graduate students in the area of counseling clients and their families. Fifteen graduate students majoring in communicative disorders completed questionnaires to determine their comfort level before and after the implementation of counseling modules. Results indicated that the largest percentage of participants experienced a significant increase in comfort level after the implementation of counseling training modules. These findings suggest that counseling training, even presented in a brief module format, may be one avenue in overcoming barriers cited in the research relative to enhancing counseling training in graduate school programs.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Speech therapy, Special education, Higher education|
|Keywords:||SLP, Speech-language pathology|
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