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Commun Sci Disord. 2021;26(4): 975-992.
Published online December 31, 2021.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12963/csd.21859
A Study on the Current Status and Needs of Counseling Curriculum in Communication Disorders in Korea
Kyungrang Baika , Sunghee Lima ,b , Haeun Chunga , JiHye Cheona , Kyengok Moa , Eunju Leec , Young Tae Kima , Dongsun Yima , Jee Eun Sunga , and Hyun Sub Sima
aDepartment of Communication Disorders, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea
bDepartment of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Korea University Anam Hospital, Seoul, Korea
cDepartment of Special Education, Dankook University, Yongin, Korea
Corresponding Author: Hyun Sub Sim ,Tel: +82-2-3277-2120, Fax: +82-2-3277-2122, Email: simhs@ewha.ac.kr
Received October 5, 2021  Revised: November 1, 2021   Accepted November 11, 2021
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Counseling is an essential component of the treatment of communication disorders. Clinicians and students in the field have reported a necessity for the incorporation of counseling courses into speech-language pathology practice. Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine the current status of a counseling curriculum in the field of communication sciences and disorders, and to present the professors’ and speech-language pathologists’(SLP) perceptions of the counseling curriculum.
A web-based questionnaire regarding the current status and need for the counseling curriculum was developed and distributed to professors in undergraduate and graduate programs and to SLPs in clinical settings. Responses from a total of 66 professors and 121 SLPs were collected and were used for the analysis.
Overall, 66.7% of undergraduate programs and 26.9% of graduate programs offer a counseling course within the department. Also, 100% and 85.1% of professors in undergraduate and graduate programs reported the need for counseling education and training in the field of communication disorders respectively. A strong majority of SLPs (95.7%) also felt counseling courses are needed. By clinical areas, SLPs working in language development disorders reported the highest need (25.4%) for counseling courses, followed by neurological disorders and fluency disorders.
The results show that the need for counseling programs was high among professors and clinicians. Thus, the implementation of a systematic and adequate counseling curriculum in the field of communication disorders is suggested.
Keywords: Communication disorder counseling | Counseling curriculum | Counseling status | Survey research
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