Passing Forward Thanks and Gratitude

Written by Francine Baffa, LICSW, BCBA-D 
Edited by Joe DeNoon


Clinical experiences can be one of the most rewarding steps on our way to patient care.  It is that sweet spot where the knowledge meets the actual practice.

If you are seeking some inspiration for how you can put your own gratitude into words in order to thank your clinical instructor and other field colleagues, I have put together a list of some meaningful ways that you can do just that. These are just suggestions, remembering that your ‘thank you’ is going to be personal and specific to your own experiences. A heartfelt ‘thank you’ goes a long way! Clinical instructors are such an integral part of our learning process, so make sure that you give them the praise and recognition that they deserve!

  1. Thank you for being dedicated and investing time in assisting my learning. 
  2. Thank you for the safe space for me to feel comfortable in making mistakes and see it as a learning experience.
  3. Thank you for designing and sharing an encouraging learning environment.
  4. Thank you for the balance you offered me in being independent and providing guidance when needed.
  5. Thank you for ensuring that I was included in the clinical decision-making process to be directly involved in patient care.
  6. Thank you for uncovering and fostering learning opportunities in the smallest of places.
  7. Thank you for developing my creativity in an individualized, fun, and participatory way.
  8. Thank you for your assistance in the determination of professional goals and the identification of checkpoints for development.
  9. Thank you for praising and recognizing my strengths.
  10. Thank you for being open and honest with me about my areas of growth.

🙏 Giving thanks reduces work-related stress and health issues, so next time you feel stressed out at work, take a moment to focus on the good things and express appreciation by sending out some thank-you notes to your coworkers!

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