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CDS Training Model

Training Model:

The CDS program uses CHARTR (Charting Rational Treatment), which is an explicit model for clinical decision-making developed at the University of Oregon Speech-Language-Hearing Center. It provides a method to improve systematic training for student clinicians by making the clinical process more concrete and increasing the consistency of supervisor training and feedback.

It is important that clinicians provide clear, rational explanations for their decisions based on the best available research evidence and current theory. Evidence-based practice (EBP) encourages clinicians to integrate research evidence and current theory with a client's values and preferences using their clinical expertise and experience.

Students will be prepared to work in a variety of work settings, such as schools, hospitals and clinics.

The master's program is a full-time, 2-year program that offers all of the courses and clinical experiences required for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence (ASHA CCC).

The program also offers course work and clinical experiences required to obtain an Oregon teaching license to work in the public schools, and state licensure. 

Graduate Student Clinical Training Graduate students provide intervention and evaluation services to children and adults with communication and cognitive disorders. Students are supervised by faculty members who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA and who are licensed by the state.

Faculty supervise in their area of specialty, including pediatric and adult speech and language disorders, adult neurogenics, voice, augmentative communication, and audiology. Students provide services in the on-campus SLHC. In addition, students have the opportunity to work with university supervisors in a variety of off-campus placements. Placements range from early intervention classrooms, public school settings, nursing homes and assistive living.

During the last two quarters of the CDS master's program, graduate students are placed in a full-time public school and medical setting. Students are placed in the Eugene-Springfield area, Portland metro area and additional sites around the state.