Full Professional Training: Course Work and Student Evaluation
Coursework is assigned each training module. This includes both written work and reading. Students are asked to write up a minimum of two practice sessions as part of each assignment. Students are expected to complete all homework on time.
There is a written clinical project undertaken in the second year of the training.
Students are expected to undertake approximately two practice sessions a week outside of class time (equivalent to a minimum of 150 practice sessions over the two-year period of training). These are with practice clients who enter into a non-paying, non-professional relationship with the student. Practice clients must understand that the purpose of sessions are solely to support the student s learning process. If the practice client needs professional help they must be referred to a qualified practitioner. Students will receive supervision feedback in small groups during seminar time.
Students are evaluated in an on-going fashion throughout the course. Perceptual and clinical skills are tracked by tutors and appropriate feedback and help is offered in an on-going fashion.
There are two formal practical assessment/feedback sessions scheduled during course time. These are individual sessions where students practice the work on tutors for approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Perception of primary respiration and clinical skills are the focus of the assessment sessions. Students are given tutorial feedback and their skills are assessed. These occur towards the end of each training year.
There is a written final take-home exam given at the end of the second year.
Students are encouraged to form local study groups that meet between seminar times. Study groups with tutors can also be arranged.
Students are required to experience at least ten sessions from a qualified practitioner within the two years of course time.