This is the first in a series of three foundational courses introducing first year MA students in Speech/language pathology to the clinical practice of the discipline. It is required,. Foundations of Clinical Practice I introduces you to the basic concepts of the clinical practice of Speech/Language Pathology,, its scope of practice as well as clinical standards as outlined by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Over the course of the semester, you will gain understanding of the process of evaluation, principles of diagnosis of varied communication deficits, treatment options and specific strategies of intervention. Additionally, establishing and monitoring treatment goals, and counseling clients and their families will be included as it relates to understanding of the therapeutic process in speech/language pathology. Development of professional behaviors, expanding knowledge relative to working as a member of an interprofessional team as well as increasing your awareness and understanding of client diversity will also be important topical areas infused throughout the course. Regular journaling assignments that are topical, as well as small and large group discussion will be expectations. There is one midterm exam requiring application of principles of assessment/diagnosis and treatment, and one final written reflection.