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Tackling challenges in SLT-practice – Peer coaching as a problem-solving tool in the clinical reasoning process

  • The increasing complexity of caseloads in SLT practice, e.g. due to higher comorbidity, lacking information or experience in the treatment of complicated cases, calls for support from experienced as well as specialist practitioners from within the field - especially for novice therapists. One way to tackle these challenges may be peer coaching and how it can be employed within the educational and professional SLT setting. Peer coaching was implemented across five semesters of a successive SLT study programme at a University of Applied Sciences in Germany. The approach was embedded in a clinical reasoning seminar with 25 SLT students who each presented a challenging case study from their current workload. All participants completed a short online survey to evaluate the feasibility of the team approach within this setting as well as their personal benefit and development re. the discussed case studies. Students felt encouraged by being able to share their experience and tackle actual challenges. They particularly valued receiving answers from a broad range of other SLTs but also contributing to other students’ queries and providing practical solutions for them. All participants felt that peer coaching was an appropriate approach for clinical reasoning to support their professional as well as personal development. Other outcomes were a perceived increased ability to employ metacognitive reflection to be used with their whole caseload but also a prospective need for further training. Some students suggested the employment of peer coaching within their work setting. In the educational as well as professional SLT setting, peer coaching can be successfully employed, triggering metacognitive reflection re. practitioner’s thinking and acting, resulting in an increased awareness of needs and skills as part of the clinical reasoning process.
Author:Christina Haupt
Title (English):Tackling challenges in SLT-practice – Peer coaching as a problem-solving tool in the clinical reasoning process
URL:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EOqlYUuEzn8SSO2liT2YRuExFta7p7M8/view (Seite 66f)
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of Completion:2018
Release Date:2018/06/21
Tag:Clinical education, problem-based learning, quality of education
10TH CPLOL Conference 12.05.2018 : Christina Haupt (MPHIL, MSC, Logopädin)
Faculties:Fakultät WiSo
DDC classes:300 Sozialwissenschaften
Review Status:Überarbeitete Fassung