International Clinical Standards and Cultural Practices in Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Education: A Model from Trinidad and Tobago Global directions is one of seven societal trends identified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA, 2010) as expected to influence the profession of speech-language pathology (SLP) worldwide. In the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), only a small cohort of SLPs currently provide private service delivery. To increase the ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 2013
International Clinical Standards and Cultural Practices in Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Education: A Model from Trinidad and Tobago
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Charlotte Molrine
    Speech, Language and Hearing, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA
  • Drayton Kathy-Ann
    Modern Languages and Linguistics, University of the West Indies–St. Augustine, St. Augustine, Trinidad
  • Disclosures: As described in the Acknowledgments section, Charlotte Molrine and Kathy-Ann Drayton's research and associated educational activities was funded, in part, by grant monies received from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State, with the cooperation of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
    Disclosures: As described in the Acknowledgments section, Charlotte Molrine and Kathy-Ann Drayton's research and associated educational activities was funded, in part, by grant monies received from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State, with the cooperation of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.×
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Article   |   May 01, 2013
International Clinical Standards and Cultural Practices in Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Education: A Model from Trinidad and Tobago
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, May 2013, Vol. 3, 14-21. doi:10.1044/gics3.1.14
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, May 2013, Vol. 3, 14-21. doi:10.1044/gics3.1.14

Global directions is one of seven societal trends identified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA, 2010) as expected to influence the profession of speech-language pathology (SLP) worldwide. In the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), only a small cohort of SLPs currently provide private service delivery. To increase the number of qualified practitioners, a graduate SLP program has been proposed. The program must reflect the values of the Trinbagonian people, while aligning competencies and standards of evidence-based practice with the World Health Organization's (WHO, 2011) 21st-century mandate. The 12 SLPs currently practicing in T&T were surveyed about their international graduate educational and clinical experiences and service delivery practices in T&T. They were invited to indicate which of the 2014 Standards and Implementation Procedures for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (ASHA, 2012) would be necessary for graduate SLP program preparation in T&T and what additional content and/or clinical skill areas would be needed for competent culturally sensitive service delivery. The results indicated that all Trinbagonian practitioners support a graduate program modeled on the 2014 SLP Certification Standards, but they identified challenges to service delivery in T&T that need to be addressed in specific graduate program coursework and clinical education.

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