Tuning into Audiologists to Support Reflective Practice
November 28, 2019
Tuning into audiologists to support reflective practice
our bespoke training course specifically designed for audiologists, has been
approved for 16.5 CPD points by The Irish Academy of Audiology (IAA), the
professional body for audiologists in Ireland, for its members.
The course was
also shortlisted under the ‘Patient Organisation Project of the Year’ category in
the Irish Healthcare Awards 2019.
Working closely with a group of audiologists to ensure that the content met their aim of providing an improved service to their patients, we designed a bespoke, evidence-informed course based on our core ABLE brief intervention training model.
The aim of the
training is to support audiologists in building relationships with their
clients and to help them to manage boundaries of time, role and competence.
A group of
eleven audiologists recently completed the training, with participants
reporting that their skill levels had increased following the training in
relation to topics such as the ability to build rapport with clients, managing
emotions and being able to respond appropriately when clients are upset.
We now plan to
roll this training out on a national level throughout Ireland to support Irish
audiologists to take a relationship-centred, reflective approach, and ensure
that, along with the expertise of the audiologists’ input, patients and their
families are supported in coming to terms with and adapting to a diagnosis of
Hurley, founder of Ag Eisteacht, said: “Every working day frontline
practitioners such as audiologists have to manage challenging conversations,
such as having to break bad, yet there is very little training available to
support them through these brief interventions.
training helps audiologists to build rapport and trust, and to listen
effectively and reflectively so that patients and their families feel heard and
understood and can then be empowered to be active participants in their own
“The training gives audiologists the skills,
insight and a framework to make the most of these ‘turned to’ moments, while
helping them to manage boundaries and look after their own and their clients’