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ERIC Number: ED236507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: N/A
Clinical Peer Group Evaluation: A Descriptive Analysis.
Eldridge, William D.
In an age of increasing emphasis on accountabiltiy and evaluation of clinical practice, professionals are questioning and examining varying processes of self evaluation. This paper describes the clinical peer group model as an evaluative process which offers its members an opportunity to receive evaluative feedback and emotional support about clinical knowledge and skills, and enables all members to assess the quality and competence of their shared ideas and suggestions. The clinical peer group, consisting of counseling professionals (five women and four men), each with an average of 11 years of clinical experience, met once a week for 2 hours of open ended discussion on evaluative questions, case situations, videotapes of therapeutic performance to elicit feedback, or any consideration of professional relevance. The evaluative experiences centered around individual presentations of case materials for problem solving and group feedback in the form of ideas or suggestions to the presenter. Although the group offered an excellent source of warm cohesion and emotional support among staff, how members made evaluative judgments about data selection, assigning priority to suggestions, and interrelating feedback from various internal and external sources was not addressed by the group or made clear to observers. Future research into the role and function of clinical peer groups in terms of members' evaluative judgments is recommended. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Professionalism
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