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Clinical training & portfolio

The clinical training consists of a minimum of 100 hours of therapy (individual therapy, group therapy, family guidance) and a maximum of 20 hours of observation. It can start after the first intensive week. This clinical training is supervised by an external mentor and an ECSF-coach.

The mentor is an SLT approved by ECSF, who supports the trainee and who is well-informed about ECSF. Within ECSF the type of mentoring is one where a senior professional takes a junior professional "under his/her wings" and provides guidance and counsel. The focus is on the process of learning in a ‘safe' context for the ECSF-trainee. Peer mentoring could substitute the role of the mentor in case the student attending the ECSF-course is already a fluency specialist.

The ECSF-coach is a fluency specialist and a member of the ECSF-consortium. Coaches will be assigned by the ECSF-consortium. The coach will focus only on the portfolio development and the product. Therefore the coach and trainee have at least 4 consultations (follow up sessions) throughout the course.

Within ECSF, the portfolio is used as an educational as well as an evaluative tool. With respect to its educational use, the portfolio allows students to guide and develop their progress in acquiring the specific competencies, guided by a mentor, and supervised by an ECSF-coach.
The portfolio consists of an introduction, curriculum vitae, case studies, relevant media and evidence, papers and assignments, and overall personal reflection reports. The objectives of the portfolio are a) to take responsibility for the learning process by allowing students to demonstrate their progress in the learning process, b) to take control of their learning through reflection, planning and execution, and c) to demonstrate that students have acquired the necessary competencies.