Continuing Professional Development
Department of Clinical Speech & Language Studies.
This continuous professional development (CPD) online course has been developed by the Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies in Trinity College Dublin. The clinically focused course aims to provide qualified speech and language therapists and other healthcare professionals with the opportunity to develop their understanding of instrumental dysphagia examinations. Whether you have access to instrumentation or you come across these examinations in the research literature, this course will equip you with up to date knowledge on instrumental evaluations employed in dysphagia clinical practice and research.
On successful completion of this course, students will:
- Be aware of the indications for an instrumental dysphagia evaluation
- Be familiar with the purposes of the instrumental dysphagia evaluations employed in research and clinical practice
- Have knowledge of resources and protocols required to complete dysphagia instrumental examinations
- Be familiar with the analysis of data from instrumental dysphagia examinations
- Recognise the advantages and limitations of various instrumental dysphagia evaluations
This course provides students with a stimulating online learning experience by creating a structured yet flexible learning approach. The place of study is flexible as online delivery allows students to engage in learning activities at home or in the workplace and there is no requirement to attend at the Trinity campus in Dublin. Students get weekly online access to learning materials and must study these materials and complete activities set each week by the lecturer.
Please note this course does not provide a professional qualification to work in the field of dysphagia. Certificates of participation will be provided to students who complete the course.
The online course is delivered over a two week period where learning materials are released each Monday. These materials include videos, interactive presentations, relevant literature and short quizzes.
The course includes one module with two weekly sessions. These sessions include:
Session 1: Biomechanical Instrumental Examinations
A. Introduction to Instrumental Dysphagia Examinations
B. Radiological Tests
C. Endoscopic Exams
Session 2: Physiological Instrumental Examinations
D. Gastroenterological Exams
E. Neurophysiological Tests
F. Protocols: Basic Principles
G. The Importance of Test Validation
There is no formal assessment for this course. However, students must engage with all online learning materials provided before a certificate of participation is achieved.
This online course can be considered towards CPD for professionals associated with CORU. The online course will provide 6 CPD credits
Course enquiries: Dr Julie Regan - firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: 29th October 2018