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The Clinical Processes A subject introduces skills for effective and accurate communication, and provides an introduction to the psychological and emotional aspects of clinical practice. This subject covers professionalism, ethics, history taking, and clinical communication skills (listening skills, empathy, informational and affective counselling). This subject is structured around 12 workshops, and includes group discussions/activities, videos, and role play.
Intended learning outcomes
This subject aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in clinical practice. By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- communicate confidently and effectively with a variety of clients, including the elderly, very young children, the significantly hearing impaired, and persons with limited English;
- communicate with client via an Auslan sign or LOTE interpreter;
- demonstrate understanding of different cultural beliefs and values which may impact on effective assessment and/or therapy;
- obtain a complete and accurate clinical history in straightforward cases, taking less than 10 minutes, and making legible and complete notes;
- explain to clients, in appropriate language the goals and requirements of the test/habilitation session;
- provide accurate, appropriate clinical feedback in uncomplicated cases to clients using everyday language;
- write accurate, appropriate professional clinical reports;
- understand and respond appropriately to the emotional context of their clinical experiences; and
- develop self-awareness leading to a commitment to on-going improvement in clinical communication.
On completion of this subject students should have:
- improved self-awareness leading to a better understanding of relationships with clients and families
- improved self-awareness of his/her own beliefs and attitudes
- critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills
- the ability to integrate theory and practice and to apply this in novel situations
- an openness to new ideas
- planning and time management skills
- the ability to communicate their knowledge in both oral and written form
- the ability to recognise ethical and professional behaviour and implement these practices within the clinical environment
Last updated: 29 April 2020