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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Linda Jacobs-Condit, AuD, CCC-A(George Washington University)
Description: The author discusses her belief that it's important to discover one's personal core beliefs in order to become an effective clinician in this book, much of which is a revision of previously submitted articles or presentations. While there are anecdotal clinical vignettes in each chapter, many of them are simply modified from one chapter to the next.
Purpose: The author's goal is to share what she learned about self-knowledge/self-reflection as a means to developing and/or improving clinical practice. The premise is based on understanding one's personal and professional core beliefs in order to identify and understand clients' grievances, concerns and/or fears.
Audience: Although the author does not specify her audience, it appears that this book is intended to be used by clinicians in any/all phases of their careers, from students to long-practicing clinicians. The author has master's and doctoral degrees in speech-language pathology, as well as post-doctoral training in developmental psycholinguistics. She also has undertaken training in transactional analysis and is an ASHA fellow, with more than 40 years experience as a practicing speech-language pathologist.
Features: Her book is based on a paper she presented in 2006 at the 9th Annual International Stuttering Awareness Day. Using her training in transactional analysis, she presents an account of why and how to identify and analyze one's personal core beliefs to improve clinical practice. She notes that this knowledge then enables speech-language pathologists or audiologists to act with empathy (rather than sympathy) toward their clients, and to include these clients in the decision-making process toward change. Each chapter includes several clinical vignettes, many of which are reworded repeats of those from earlier chapters.
Assessment: I had significant difficulty becoming engaged with this book. The author approaches this book (and its contents) as grandparents might share personal life stories with children and grandchildren.