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Developing Reflective Practice – A Guide for Students and Practitioners of Health and Social Care
Author: Natius Oelofsen
Publisher: Lantern/Scion Publishing
Reflective practice forms a large part of my Open University promoting public health course (K311), so this book could not have landed on my desk at a better time.
Reflection is one of those things that many of us older health and social care practitioners are wont to claim we are already doing. But we all need to reflect, learn from past actions and develop our knowledge, skills and understanding in ways that can take us forward. In this book the clinical psychologist Natius Oelofsen describes the processes of learning and the threestep reflective cycle, explaining how keeping a reflective journal offers insights into self and behaviour, and using critical analysis to reflect on even ordinary, everyday incidents.
He shows how the insights of understanding help our interactions with patients and colleagues. Reflection helps us to work together, offer support and see where we are able to fit in as team members. The chapter ‘All for one and one for all: building supportive teams’ is particularly illuminating.
There is so much in this book, including getting the most from supervision, ethical issues and dealing with work-based stress, as well as exercises, activities and case examples.
Reviewer: Susan Watkins
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