Vision and Mission
The vision of the Department of Clinical and Professional Services is to prepare exemplary practitioners who make a meaningful difference in the community and in the lives of the individuals with whom they work.
The mission of the Department of Clinical and Professional Studies is to:
- Prepare exemplary entry-level practitioners with the professional knowledge, skills, and disposition to deliver evidence-based practices to diverse individuals across the life span.
- Prepare exemplary advanced-level practitioners with professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions to bring about systemic change through program evaluation, advocacy, and leadership.
- Provide outreach to the community, including outreach through a comprehensive community clinic that delivers speech-language pathology, audiology, developmental reading instruction, special education, counseling, and related diagnostic and educational services.
- Explore and communicate new knowledge through applied research.
Collaborative Service and Outreach
There is a common theme across our programs, which is delivering professional service to diverse students and clients
Examples of funded collaborative work:
Project Sell: Servicing English Language Learners
Funded by a university Seed Grant, the goals are to:
- Equip Georgia school-based speech-language pathologists with the knowledge and skills needed to differentiate between a disability and a difference due to cultural factors.
- Reduce the number of inappropriate referrals for placement inot the speech-language impaired program in the k-12 setting
- Assist speech-language pathologists in obtaining the knowledge and skills needed to work with English Language Learners when they do qualify for placement into the speech-language impaired program.
Prevent @ WGA - Campus-Wide Suicide Prevention Grant
- Comprehensive program designed to prevent suicide and promote help-seeking behaviors for the general university population, specifically students.
- Trains RAs, leaders of student organizations, faculty and staff to identify students at risk for suicide, make effective referrals, and break down barriers to help-seeking.
- Three- year project funded by the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Comprehensive Community Clinic
- Provides learning opportunities for Clinical and Professional Studies students
- Offer Services for the community in special education, counseling, communication sciences and disorders, and language and literacy.