“It looks as if there were a single ultimate goal for mankind, a far goal toward which all persons strive. This is called variously by different authors self-actualization, self-realization, integration, psychological health, individuation, autonomy, creativity, productivity, but they all agree that this amounts to realizing the potentialities of the person, that is to say, becoming fully human, everything that person can be.”

Abraham Maslow


Reflective Practice & Self Care


Reflective Practice

Reflective Practice and Self Care


Taking the time to reflect on our practice, to think about what has happened, is happening or should happen next, is an important element in providing a quality guidance service.



Reflecting on our practice can help to improve our:-

  • Skills;
  • Communication;
  • Quality of Practice;


It is useful for practitioners to use reflective practice because:-

  • Reflecting on our practice may help us to identify and build on our strengths and improve our skills in working with clients. It can also act as a useful reminder when we are completing our records;
  • Thinking about our practice can enable us to communicate more effectively with other members of the team.  This can help to improve decision making and planning;
  • It may also help us to develop more effective strategies to improve the quality of our work with clients.



Can you think of any other reasons why it is beneficial to reflect on our everyday practice?


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