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Clinical Speech & Language Studies - Dysphagia

Trinity College Dublin


  • Dublin


  • Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

Attendance options

  • Part time

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  • PAC

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Enrolment and Start Dates Comment

Start Date: September 2014

Application Date

Closing Date: 30th April 2014

Please note, this programme may not be offered unless a minimum of five applications are received.

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1 year part-time

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Entry Requirements

Eligible candidates should hold at least an honours degree in Clinical Speech and Language Studies or an equivalent qualification that serves as a license to practise in Speech and Language Therapy in their home country.

International students whose first language is not English should see in addition Trinity's English language requirements.

Course Content

This one year part-time course offers qualified speech and language therapists who already have a license to practise an opportunity to develop specialist skills in all aspects of dysphagia (swallowing disorders) in both adult and paediatric populations. Classes are timetabled to facilitate speech and language therapists in employment and overseas students.

The course comprises core modules on dysphagia incorporating basic research methods, disability issues, counselling, therapy processes, medico-legal issues and ethics. There will be a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice throughout the modules. Students must also complete 80 hours of clinical practice.

Those students who have not completed a qualifying course in dysphagia must complete an additional one week introductory course and undertake a minimum of 40 hours supervised clinical work in dysphagia (with experienced supervisors to be recognised by the Department). Students are expected to organise these clinical hours prior to registration on the course. Students should ensure that proposed supervisors have been agreed with the department.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this programme, Graduates will be able to:
1.extend and enhance their existing theoretical knowledge base in dysphagia (eating, drinking and swallowing disorders) across the lifespan with a critical awareness of new insights and developments within the field.

2. apply their knowledge and comprehension of dysphagia as well as their critical awareness and problem solving skills to further the development of their professional clinical skills in dysphagia.

3.demonstrate application of models of disability and specific counseling approaches to the management of dysphagia in the clinical context.

4.apply their existing scientific literacy skills to clinical practice in dysphagia.

5.critically reflect on the literature on dysphagia and interpret the contribution of existing insights and new developments to evidence-based practice,

6.demonstrate coherent and detailed knowledge of service delivery policies while reflecting on social, legal and ethical responsibilities and their application to practice.

7.communicate confidently with their peers and the wider scholarly community and with society in general about their area of expertise,

8.sustain intellectual interest and critical thinking as mature professionals through application of scientific literacy skills in the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Further Enquiries

Course Coordinator(s): Ms. Margaret Leahy
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Course Tel(s): +353-1-896 1492

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