ERIC Number: EJ889730
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
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Competency-Based Training: Objective Structured Clinical Exercises (OSCE) in Marriage and Family Therapy
Miller, John K.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, v36 n3 p320-332 Jul 2010
The field of marriage and family therapy (MFT) has recently engaged in the process of defining core competencies for the profession. Many MFT training programs are adapting their curriculum to develop more competency-based training strategies. The Objective Structured Clinical "Examination" (OSCE) is widely used in the medical profession to assess clinical competence. These examinations involve using simulated clinical situations as a tool in conducting summative evaluations of trainee competence. This article describes an adaptation of the OSCE procedures for competency-based training of MFT students. Instead of using the procedures as a summative examination as is typical in medical education, this article proposes how to use them as formative "exercises" in the development of student competence. The development of the OSCE is discussed, including "blueprinting," focused competencies, procedures, and feedback protocols. The article concludes with suggestions of how to continue the development of the OSCE for evaluation in MFT education.
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Nursing Education, Marriage Counseling, Family Counseling, Counselor Training, Competency Based Education, Masters Programs, Medical Education, Formative Evaluation, Clinical Experience
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Education Level: Higher Education
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