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 takes place during six 5-day weeks spread over a 1-year period. All students must attend Trinity College for these teaching weeks. Additional assignments and clinical work must be completed outside of these weeks. The course comprises core modules on dysphagia incorporating basic research methods, evidence based practice, counselling, therapy processes and reflective practice. Students must also complete 80 hours of clinical practice. Students who take the dysphagia specialist strand and who have not completed a qualifying course in dysphagia will have to complete additional preparatory work. 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 of Clinical Speech and Language Studies at Trinity College Dublin.
Please note, this programme may not be offered unless a minimum of five applications are received.