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Thursday, June 23 • 13:45 - 14:45
PK07.04b - Inspiring Social Justice Through International Clinical Education Opportunities

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Graduate student educational opportunities in social justice are a major objective of actualizing a profession's commitment to social change. During these opportunities, clinical educators play a crucial role in helping students to process their ongoing experiences in service settings and ultimately revise their views of social problems (Caldwell, 2008). Additionally, the establishment of innovative educational partnerships can facilitate the development of a politically aware healthcare practice by imparting an appreciation of diversity and the circumstances that enable it (Sakellariou, 2013).

The South Africa Placement Initiative is a unique international clinical education opportunity that fosters this social justice framework into the education of future Speech Language Pathologists (SLP). Since 2012, a total of nine SLP students have completed this supervised placement. The primary objectives of this initiative are to promote the development of open-minded critical thinking and problem solving skills, while fostering a sense of social responsibility within a multicultural context. Students are encouraged to reflect on and develop for themselves a model of social justice within their practice of SLP.

A clinical educator and graduate of this Initiative will portray the journey and learning outcomes that students have shared following their placement experiences. Students relate that facing the challenges of language barriers, cultural differences and racism, poverty and lack of resources, has fostered a greater understanding of these issues as they continue their work with families in Canada. Present day reflections on the long term impact of this social justice project will be related.

By the end of the session, participants will have gained an understanding of how an international placement differs from traditional placement settings in both structure and learning experiences, and an awareness of the impact these types of learning experiences had on the current practice of previous students.

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Taslim Moosa

Clinical Educator/Lecturer- Speech-Language Pathologist, Western University
Taslim Moosa, Clinical Educator/Lecturer, Speech-Language Pathologist Taslim Moosa is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) with 20 years of clinical experience. She currently works as a clinical educator/lecturer at Western University. Since 2008, she has provided her students with... Read More →
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Lauren Perduk

Speech-Language Pathologist, George Jeffrey Children's Centre
Lauren Perduk is a graduate of the Speech-Language Pathology program at Western University. She is currently employed at the George Jeffrey Children’s Centre in Thunder Bay Ontario, working clinically with school-age children as well as in the augmentative communication program... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 13:45 - 14:45 EDT
UCC 56

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