01 July 2015
On June 30th, The Execu|Search Group’s Bridge Travel Healthcare division held an open house for their clinical fellowship year program with the New York Department of Education (DOE). At the event, prospective clinical fellows learned about the process of working with an agency and the steps to starting a career as a Speech Language Pathologist for the DOE. In addition to hearing about the process from The Execu|Search Group, attendees also had the opportunity to learn about the experience from past clinical fellows as well as their potential supervisor, Claudia Loewenstein, SLP, who has over 40 years of experience working in the field. During her presentation, Claudia gave an overview of her own “Dynamic Supervision Model,” which walked attendees through a continuum supervisee model, highlighting the professional development stages of the supervisory process throughout a fellowship year, as well as the skills that will be developed through the program. After the presentation, prospective fellows had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Claudia and our recruiters. “In order to be successful in their first positon out of grad school, it’s important that clinical fellows feel that they have the support of their supervisor as well as the agency placing them,” says Daniela D`Alessandro, a Managing Director within our Bridge Travel division who also helps organize and oversee the program. “We understand that your first job can set the tone for your entire career, so we want to facilitate these relationships early on into the process. This open house serves as a great introduction to the program in a low-stress, educational environment.”
01 July 2015
Author: The ExecuSearch Group
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