Part Two of a Three-Part Celebration!
Ridge Zeller Therapy is proud of the strong SLP clinical fellowship program we have developed which helps new SLPs become independent clinical decision makers and obtain their “C’s”.
In Part Two of our Clinical Fellowship Series, we showcase the CF journey of Lauren Mead and her mentor Jenn Brausse whose relationship highlights the support of the Ridge Zeller Therapy mentoring program. Lauren is the consummate professional whose self-awareness and positive attitude are a wonderful asset to Ridge Zeller Therapy!
Part Two: Lauren & Jenn
Q. Lauren, describe your clinical fellowship experience in one sentence.
My clinical fellowship experience was a journey of personal and professional growth, and throughout it I built confidence in my clinical skills.
Q. What one word best describes your professional relationship with Jenn?
Q. What was the most rewarding part of your collaboration with your supervisor?
I don’t feel that graduate school can completely prepare you for everything you’ll encounter during your clinical fellowship experience. What I loved about my collaboration with my supervisor was that I always felt like I had someone to bounce ideas off of and to ask for guidance when I doubted myself. Having Jenn onsite 1-2 days a week was also really helpful, and not something that every clinical fellowship experience is able to offer. Having Jenn onsite not only helped in terms of the learning curve, but it also promoted a team mentality.
Q. What was the most challenging part of your clinical fellowship?
One of the most challenging and surprising parts of my CF experience was learning how to navigate barriers like the attitudes and beliefs of the other professionals that we work with. As a new graduate, I expected that everyone would be professional and want to work together for the benefit of our students. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. It is definitely a skill to learn how to navigate these situations, find ways to collaborate, and build positive working relationships.
Q. What are you most looking forward to next year?
I am looking forward to continuing to learn and grow as an SLP! I learned something from every student I worked with this year. I’ve had some failures, and some successes. What is so exciting about our field is that we are always learning.
Q. Anything else you’d like to share?
My clinical fellowship experience flew by, and I can’t believe it’s over! I feel really fortunate to have had Jenn for a supervisor. Jenn was professional, always willing to answer questions, and also provided feedback throughout.
Q. Describe your experience with your clinical fellow, Lauren, in a sentence.
My experience with Lauren has been wonderful!
Q. How has being a clinical fellowship supervisor enriched or changed you professionally?
A quote that answers this question perfectly is: “By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.” Each therapist brings their own unique perspectives and experiences to the table, and I feel like I have learned as much from Lauren as she has learned from me.
Q. In what ways have you seen your clinical fellow grow professionally?
When Lauren started her clinical fellowship, she was well prepared with the skills she needed to be an excellent speech language pathologist. The area I have seen the most growth is in her confidence. She now tackles each challenge with confidence!
Q. Describe your CF in one word:
This interview is part two of a three-part celebration series.
Next Up: An Interview with Erin and JoAnn!
Erin has recently completed her SLP clinical fellowship year, and we’re so excited to highlight her achievement!
Interview conducted and written by JoAnn Ridge, MS, CCC-SLP
Ridge Zeller Therapy Co-Director