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William Paterson University Department of Communication Disorders CODS 506: Fluency Disorders Fall 2010 Monday 4:45-7:15 PM Test 1 DUE: OCTOBER 25, 2010 1. Which of the personality characteristics of clinicians described in chapter 1 do you feel that you possess? Which characteristics would you like to enhance and why? Many of the personality characteristics required of an excellent Speech Language Pathologist are characteristics that I consider myself to possess and my motivation for choosing a career path that “fits” me. Humor, genuineness, and empathy are the characteristics that stand out most when I think of the positive qualities that will enable me to help others as an SLP. I have found in my clinical experiences that humor is a very useful tool for making clients feel comfortable and for establishing a clinical environment that clients can look forward to while improving their communication skills. Being honest, warm, genuine and empathetic build trust in the client, and allow them to feel that they are interacting with a “real” person, who is equally invested in the treatment process. In addition to possessing qualities that enable me to relate to and be approachable to others, it is important to balance that with a sense of responsibility, integrity, and industry. Being a personable clinician means nothing if I’m not able to conduct my assessments and therapy sessions in a manner that appropriately evaluates my client’s skills, create a plan suited to that particular client’s needs, and strive to effect a change using appropriate techniques in therapy. With a strong work ethic and a strong sense of devotion to any task at hand, these are skills that I possess and will help me to be an effective clinician. There are some characteristics that I know will take some time to hone, and that will come with experience and time. In particular, it is important to maintain stability when working with a client, especially when dealing with a case that is particularly emotional or traumatic. The client looks to the clinician to be the professional and the source of knowledge in the field of speech and language, not only a “coach” but also a “counselor”. I need to learn to control my own tendency to become emotional in such situations, and to conduct myself in a manner that combines empathy with professionalism and stability. As a beginning clinician this past summer, I found that I was very rule-oriented and managed my sessions “by the book”. I need to learn to become more versatile and resourceful, with an ability to change my therapy session half-way through if a particular technique or exercise is not working. 2. Which of the clinician intervention skills described in chapter 1 do you feel that you possess?
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This note was uploaded on 11/13/2010 for the course CODS 690 taught by Professor Tsi during the Spring '10 term at WPUNJ.

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