Benefits of the Multiple-mentoring Student Placement Model

Benefits to Clinical Educator
  • Keeps up the quality of your clinical reasoning
  • Requires you to be sharing with co-clinical educators and colleagues your
  • Clinical practice, therefore it promotes transparency.
  • It is important to feel safe and comfortable working with other therapists in this way in order to effectively implement this model
  • Therapists new to clinical education gain exposure to clinical education practices of more experienced clinical educators.
Benefits to the Student
  • Provides opportunity to draw on a range of expertise from different therapists
  • Allows student identification with a particular therapeutic and professional style of a supervisor whose approach they may relate to more. This lends itself to the student’s development and expression of the professional self.
  • Students have a very steep learning curve with input from multiple sources including peers.
  • Students quickly learn clinical reasoning as they are constantly challenged to be explicit about this process for all treatment plans and clinical decisions prior to implementation.
  • Students have one another for knowledge and support.
Benefits to client:
  • Students can increase the level of service provision for instance extended length of consultation time, extensive detail of documentation and reports, and more opportunity for follow-up.

(J. Copley, OT clinical educator, multiple-mentoring placement model, personal communication, May 24, 2007)

Multiple Mentoring Placment Video

Multiple Mentoring Model

The multiple mentoring model has proven to be a key component and enabler of quality service provision and practice education at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH). Here, Chrisdell and Alison reveal how they run such placements and the benefits of this particular placement approach.