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International Programs

Since 2006, Dr. Cate Crowley has developed and leads international trips for the CSD master’s students. Generally the group goes to Ghana in January and Bolivia in May/June. Students register for one of their two-credit required electives and for a one-credit practicum. These credits meet program credit requirements, and are not additional credit expenses.

 

Students have a course pack and clinic manual and come to preparatory meetings before the group leaves. While in-country, the group meets daily to integrate their cultural and linguistic experiences with course pack readings and to discuss how to make the clinical experiences most effective.  Included on the trip are ASHA certified SLPs who, with Dr. Crowley, supervise the clinical experiences.

The costs of the trip are borne by the students, but often there is funding available for several students who want to raise money for the trip. Generally the costs are the roundtrip flight, hotel and breakfast (about $30 per night), some trips to see parts of the country, additional meals, and souvenirs.

Dr. Crowley and Miriam Baigorri, a doctoral candidate and clinical supervisor in CSD, teach the cleft palate course in the master’s program.  They work collaboratively with Smile Train, Transforming Faces, Operation Smile, and Healing the Children to provide clinical services and 5-day trainings to address cleft palate speech, post-palate repair. Dr. Crowley and Ms. Baigorri offer the TC CSD master’s students the opportunity to come on some of these trips to assist or to participate in a training with local SLPs. 

Each year the TC Team makes poster or seminar presentations at ASHA, sharing their experiences with those considering providing clinical services internationally.